Knox County District Attorney General - Charme P. Allen

Expungements

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Expungement Screening

An Assistant District Attorney General, along with a General Sessions/Criminal Court Clerk, will be available to assist pro se defendants and private attorneys regarding the application for Expungement of eligible criminal cases during the following times:

Mondays & Thursdays
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
4th Sessions Courtroom
Main Floor of the City-County Building

All General Sessions Court & Criminal Court Expungement Applications will be screened during these days/times.  Applications will no longer be accepted at the District Attorney General’s Office Reception window.

Expungement Screening For Dismissals

  • All applicants must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope for each Expungement Application submitted.
  • Expungement Applications for judgments of Dismissal, Nolle Prosequi, No True Bill, and Not Guilty Verdicts are free of charge.
  • Expungement Applications for judgments of Dismissal After Successful Completion of Judicial Diversion/Pretrial Diversion require payment of a non-refundable $475 fee at the time of submission.
  • All restitution, court costs, fines, & probation fees (if ordered) must be paid in full prior to submission of the Application.  Please confirm payment information with the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk's Office.

Expungement Screening For Convictions

  • All applicants must follow the instructions in the Expungement of Conviction Packet.  You can download an Expungement of Conviction Packet PDF or request one during Expungement Screening hours listed above.
  • All Expungement of Conviction Petitions require payment of a non-refundable $450 fee at the time of submission.
  • If you are an attorney filing the Petition on your client’s behalf, the District Attorney General’s Office will not evaluate the request until the Petition (including required documentation as per the Expungement Packet), proposed Order, and fee of $450 are filed with the Clerk of the Court.  

Expungements (FAQs)

What is an Expungement?

  • Expungement is the process to remove a charge or charges from a public criminal record. For more information, see T.C.A. § 40-32-101.
  • Expungement is not an automatic process and you must file with the court to receive it.

How do I start?

  • The process starts on the local level at the court in the county where the arrest occurred.
  • Charges that were “Dismissed,” “Nolle Prosequi,” “No True Bill,” or a verdict of “Not Guilty” are eligible for Expungement at no cost to you. Charges that were on “Diversion” (Pretrial or Judicial) and certain qualifying convictions are subject to additional fees.

What if I have a dismissal on my record?

  • For charges that were dismissed in Knox County, contact the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk's Office to obtain a copy of your criminal record and a copy of the charges that you wish to expunge.  You can then appear in the 4th Sessions Courtroom at the City-County Building during Expungement Screening hours listed above to meet with a Clerk and an Assistant DA.
  • All applicants must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope for each Expungement Application submitted.
  • A map and directions are available by clicking the following link: City-County Building Parking, Directions & Map.
  • To download a PDF of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Order that is required for the Expungement of charges that were dismissed, click here.

What if I have a conviction on my record?

  • Pursuant to T.C.A. § 40-32-101(g), certain convictions are eligible for Expungement. If your conviction occurred within Knox County, you can appear in the 4th Sessions Courtroom at the City-County Building during Expungement Screening hours listed above to request an Expungement of Conviction Packet and meet with an Assistant DA.
  • You can also download an Expungement of Conviction Packet PDF, which includes the Knox County DA Cover Letter, Instructions, Demographic Form, Petition Checklist Requirements, and Inclusion/Exclusion Lists of Crimes.
  • Please carefully follow the instructions on the coversheet and packet in order for your initial request to be evaluated and processed by the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office.
  • If you require legal advice, please contact a licensed attorney or you may contact the Public Defender’s Office at 865.594.6120 as they provide educational seminars on this subject. The District Attorney General’s Office does not represent you and is prohibited from providing you with legal advice.
  • If your conviction is among the eligible crimes, and you qualify for the stipulations, you can file a petition to have your record expunged at the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk's Office.
  • You must pay a NON-REFUNDABLE filing fee of $450 to the Clerk of the Court at the time you file your petition.
  • The District Attorney General, by assisting in the completion of the Petition for Expungement and the Order of Expungement, is not giving legal advice but is performing an administrative function pursuant to T.C.A. § 40-32-101(g), and further in some instances the District Attorney General may stand in opposition to the granting of the petition.
  • If you are currently represented by an attorney who is assisting you in filing your petition, the District Attorney General’s Office will not evaluate your request until your petition (including required documentation as per the Expungement Packet), your proposed order, and fee of $450 are filed with the Clerk of the Court.  

What does the court do with my Expungement Order?

  • Once the court completes the Expungement process locally, the Expungement Order is sent to various agencies including the arresting agency, county jail, Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC), and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). Each agency then follows their own procedures to expunge the charges. You may want to contact the TDOC and TBI to make sure each agency received a copy of your order.

Why is my charge showing on a background check?

  • Please note that if a background check is requested through a private background check company (not through the TBI or other state bureau or FBI) criminal charges will probably still appear on file. Background check companies gather information as it becomes public and it is rarely updated. If charges are showing at a background check company, you will need to contact the company directly.

What else do I need to know?

  • Once charges have been expunged, it is very important for you to keep a certified copy of the Expungement Order. It is the only way you will be able to prove the Expungement has been completed by the court and is valid.

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