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New Expungement Law – Effective July 1, 2012

As of July 1, 2012, certain nonviolent offenders who have fulfilled all requirements of their sentence will be allowed to seek expungement of their records.  A person will be eligible to petition for expungement for offenses committed on or after November 1, 1989,  if, at the time of the filing:

(1) the person has never been convicted of any criminal offense, including federal offenses and offenses in other states, other than the offense committed for which the petition for expungement is filed;
(2) at least five years have elapsed since the completion of the sentence imposed for the offense;
(3) the person has fulfilled all the requirements of the sentence imposed by the court in which the individual was convicted of the offense; and
(4) the person has never had a previous conviction expunged.

This amendment includes a grandfather provision whereby persons will be authorized to petition for expungement of certain nonviolent, non-sexual offenses committed prior to November 1, 1989, if:

(1) The person was sentenced to a determinate sentence, of three years or less;
(2) The person was sentenced to an indeterminate sentence for which the person served three years or less; and
(3) The person has never had a previous conviction expunged.

Please click here for Public Acts Information regarding PC1103.

Please click here for lists of TCA codes that are included in and excluded from expungement.

Please click here for a fill-able Expungement Inquiry Form that you can submit to the Clerk's Office.

Vasco A. Smith, Jr. County Administration Building • (901) 222-2300
160 North Main Street Memphis TN 38103
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