Mistakes happen. Poor decisions happen. If you made a mistake or bad choice in your past and it resulted in a citation being issued against you or you being arrested, there is still a record of it.
Recently, certain websites have been obtaining people’s mug shots and booking photographs and retain those pictures on their website. When you apply for a job and your potential employer does a Google search or runs a more formal background check on you, the odds of your bad decision or mistake showing up on the internet or in a background check are extremely high. In certain instances, you can have your public records of this bad decision or mistake cleared and expunged from your public record.
Once expunged, Tennessee law restores you “in the contemplation of the law, the same status occupied before the arrest, indictment information, trial and conviction.” However, the expungement process is not quick and Tennessee law allows a certain period of time not exceeding sixty days for the local and state authorities to remove your record from their databases. Now is the time to start this process before you apply for your next job.