Useful Information About the Free Expungement Clinic

Useful Information About the Free Expungement Clinic

The Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association (RCCBA) will be hosting a Free Expungement Clinic on Saturday, July 30, 2021. Our office wanted to take a minute to share more about this event.

An expungement is the legal process to erase or destroy criminal records. Once a criminal record is expunged, the clerk destroys all record of it.

In Rutherford County Criminal Courts, there are different types of cases that can be expunged:

  • First, cases that have been dismissed can be expunged. Even though the case has been dismissed, that charge may still show on a background check—you have the right to have it expunged!
  • Second, cases that have been retired or diverted can be expunged. These are legal processes through which the prosecutors agree to have the case expunged at some later date, not right away.
  • Third, some convictions may be eligible to be expunged. We are not handling these at the July Expungement Clinic, but we can help guide you through this process even if it can’t be completed that day.

For most cases, the expungement process requires hiring a lawyer or contacting the District Attorney. At this clinic, however, volunteer attorneys will be on hand to assist applicants who may be eligible to have their records expunged.

Expungements are a great asset to our community. They can help people clear up criminal records that may prevent employment, housing, or other advancement opportunities. If you or someone you know needs help with an expungement, never hesitate to reach out. At the least, we can point you in the right direction!

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