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Does a Misdemeanor Criminal Charge Stay on Your Public Record?

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Many individuals charged with misdemeanor crimes in Tennessee will not serve any jail time. The process begins with the defendant receiving a misdemeanor citation then resolving the matter in General Sessions Criminal Court. In a previous post found here, we go into detail about what one can expect in the Memphis General Sessions Criminal court. Resolution of the matter can be through a dismissal of the misdemeanor charges or a guilty plea resulting in a fine, probation, or incarceration. Misdemeanor crimes can carry a punishment of up to one year in jail, court costs, and fines. Unfortunately, we have found that many people have a misconception that if they plead guilty to a misdemeanor crime in Tennessee that it will come off their public record or will never show up on said record.

What Stays On Your Public Record

Even if you were not sentenced to jail for a crime, if you plead guilty then it will go on your public record. We receive many calls from individuals who say they pled guilty to a misdemeanor crime just to get the process over with and can’t understand why it is still on his/her record, even though many years have passed. Some examples of misdemeanor crimes that can affect your public record are the following:

Not Incarcerated Doesn’t Mean Not Guilty

Just because you were given a citation for a crime, and not physically taken into custody, does not make it any less serious. Understand that a misdemeanor crime is still a crime and in some instances will remain on your public record forever. Even a misdemeanor conviction can possibly prevent one from getting a job, furthering his/her career, obtaining housing, or serving in the military.

We’re Your Allies

With all of this in mind, the number one way a person can prevent any of this from happening is to immediately consult with an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney At The Chiozza Law Firm. Consultations are free and will provide peace of mind, taking away the stress most people feel after receiving a misdemeanor citation.

Expert Legal Representation

We strive to provide all clients with expert legal representation with a reasonable fee arrangement that will allow them to carry on with their daily life and not have to worry about the financial burden of hiring an attorney. We also want to ensure that whenever possible criminal charges are dismissed or negotiated in such a way that the alleged crime will not remain on his/her public record. This can be achieved thru a dismissal of the charges or judicial diversion, a program for first-time offenders whereby the charges will be removed from one’s record after a certain period of time.

Chiozza Has Your Back

Being charged even with a misdemeanor is serious, but should not be life-altering. The attorneys at The Chiozza Law Firm will be happy to meet with anyone charged with a misdemeanor or felony, free of charge, to guide them thru their rights and options and explain what to expect during the legal process. Simply call (901) 526-9494, text (901) 550-4418, or email Attorney Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com to schedule a confidential consultation.



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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 4:53 PM
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