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What charges can be expunged in Tennessee?

A Class E felony committed after November 1, 1989, may be expunged if:
  • the sentence was for (3) years or less and
  • the crime appears in the below list
If the conviction is
  • for a Class E felony committed after November 1, 1989, and
  • is not on this list,
it cannot be expunged.

List of Crimes That Can Be Expunged in Tennessee
  • Accessory after the fact
  • Custodial interference where person not voluntarily returned by defendant
  • Knowing dissemination of illegally recorded cellular communication
  • Theft ($501-$999) 
  • Forgery (up to $1,000)
  • Criminal simulation (up to $1,000)
  • Hindering secured creditors
  • Fraud in insolvency
  • Fraudulent use of credit card or debit card ($501-$999)
  • Worthless checks ($501-$999)
  • Destruction of valuable papers ($501-$999)
  • Destruction or concealment of will
  • Fraudulent or false insurance claim ($501-$999)
  • Fraudulent qualifying for set aside programs ($501-$999)
  • Theft of trade secrets ($501-$999)
  • Sale of recorded live performances without consent ($501-$999)
  • Unauthorized solicitation for police, judicial or safety associations
  • Fraudulent transfer of motor vehicle with value of less than $20,000
  • Communication theft ($501-$999 (fine only)
  • False information in applying for housing project accommodations
  • Burglary of an auto
  • Vandalism ($501-$999)
  • Utility service interruption or property damage
  • Aggravated criminal littering (2nd and 3rd offenses involving certain weight or volume)
  • Violation of Tennessee Personal and Commercial Computer Act ($501-$999)
  • Unsolicited bulk electronic mail ($500- $999)
  • Taking telecommunication device into penal institution
  • Impersonation of licensed professional
  • Evading arrest in motor vehicle where no risk to bystanders
  • Failure to appear (felony)
  • Gifts of adulterated candy or food
  • Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of Schedule V drug (fine not greater than $5,000)
  • Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of not less than ½ ounce and not more than 10 pounds of Schedule VI; drug marijuana (fine not greater than $1,000)
  • Manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of Schedule VII drug (fine not greater than $1,000)
  • Simple possession or casual exchange (3rd offense)
  • Selling glue for unlawful purpose
  • Counterfeit controlled substance
  • Unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities
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