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HUNTINGDON — Do you qualify for a fresh start by having your criminal record expunged? The Carroll County Court system with an emphasis by Circuit Court Clerk Sarah Bradberry is eager to …
HUNTINGDON — Do you qualify for a fresh start by having your criminal record expunged? The Carroll County Court system with an emphasis by Circuit Court Clerk Sarah Bradberry is eager to help.
According to findlaw.com, expungement is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is “sealed, or erased in the eyes of the law. When a conviction is expunged, the process may also be referred to as “setting aside a criminal conviction.”
Tennessee law provides a process to remove certain misdemeanor crimes and some low-level non-violent felonies from one’s criminal record. On February 22, at the Carroll County Courthouse, approximately 40 pre-qualified persons can work through the process of clearing their criminal records.
The applicants must have paid all court fees, fines, and made restitution and at least five years must have elapsed since completion of the jail or probated sentence.
Bradberry said this is the lone clinic for the year 2020. It involves attorneys who are volunteering their time plus resource agencies to help low-level offenders to restore their lives, better their education and find employment. Agencies attending the February 22 event include NWTN Adult Education, NW Economic Development-Community Action Assistance, United Neighbors, Hamilton-Ryker, Manpower, and Beating Hearts. The clinic and services are totally without charge on February 22.
Bradberry said the response has been very good to this first-ever clinic. The process involves making an application for expungement through Bradberry. That application is then forwarded to the district attorney who determines whether or not to present the request for expungement to the court. In making a decision on the petition, the court considers all evidence of best interest and public safety. If the petition is denied by the court, the petitioner must wait at least two years before refiling.
The following convictions are among those ineligible for expungement: assault,, aggravated assault of a public employee, domestic assault, possession of firearm while order of protection in effect, public indecency third or subsequent offense, unlawful sexual contact by an authority figure, coercion, aggravated criminal trespass of a habitation, hospital, or campus of a public or private school, allowing a child to purchase intoxicating liquor or consume alcohol, driving under the influence, to name just a few.
While the February 22 day is a special day, persons can seek expungement any time for a $100 application fee.
For more information, phone 731-986-1932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.