Expungement clinic helps clear criminal records in Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk is hosting an expungement clinic this weekend to help people clear their records.

Expungement essentially removes a conviction from a person’s criminal and public record.

It’s a chance for some people in Shelby County to get a fresh start.

An expungement clinic will be held Saturday at First Baptist Church Broad in Binghampton to help those who’ve been charged d or convicted of certain crimes get a clean slate.

“I believe that just because you have a past doesn’t mean you can’t have a future, and this offers people an opportunity to clear their records,” said Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk Heidi Kuhn. “So that they have opportunities to get jobs, housing, loans, go back to school because it holds them back and this makes sure that they go forward.”

Saturday’s event will be the 15th expungement clinic Kuhn has hosted since 2018. She says during that time, the clinics have helped 4,100 people clear their records.

More than 100 charges, misdemeanors, and felonies are eligible to be expunged, but there are some eligibility requirements.

“It is pretty much anyone that has satisfied what they were ordered to complete, probation, parole,” said Kuhn. “If there are fines and fees have been satisfied, those are individuals who are eligible. And unfortunately, some people that their cases may have been dismissed they may not know that that’s on their record, and it is. We check their eligibility. We can also check if they have any fines and fees because they have to be satisfied as well before they can get an expungement.”

Kuhn urges you to go out to the clinic if you’re not sure like so many others have before.

“They feel like a weight has been lifted or a black cloud has been cleared,” said Kuhn. “People have been able to get jobs and provide for their families or go back to school or go to school for that matter, and I think it just offers them that second chance that they didn’t have.”

The expungement clinic is Saturday, March 5, at First Baptist Church, located at 2835 Broad Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kuhn says you should remember to take your ID and that they’re encouraging people to wear masks.