How do I clear my record?
The process of removing charges from your criminal record is called expungement or expunction. Tennessee law allows Tennessee residents convicted of certain crimes to have those charges removed (expunged) from their records.
Before you go any further, please complete the toolkit questionnaire to determine whether you are eligible for expungement. To qualify for an expungement, the applicant may only have ONE felony conviction on his or her record.
After you have completed the Restore My Rights questionnaire and determined that you meet the basic requirements necessary to seek an expungement, fill out the Expungement Application below.
Once you have completed the Expungement Application, please mail or hand deliver it to the District Attorney's Office at 600 Market Street, Suite 310, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402. You can also contact the District Attorney's Office by phone at (423) 209-7400.
The District Attorney's Office will review the Application and determine whether you meet all of the requirements. If you meet the requirements, you will be contacted to discuss how to file a Petition and Order of Expungement.
An Applicant must submit:
Once you file your Petition and Order of Expungement to the Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk's Office, you will receive a hearing date.
At the hearing, the Judge will review all information and may enter an Order for Expungement.
If the Judge enters an Order granting your expungement, it may take up to 90 days for your expungement to become effective.
If you have any questions regarding your criminal record, you may contact or visit the Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk's Office, located at:
601 Market Street, Suite #102
Chattanooga, TN 37402