TN law will allow people to wipe criminal record clean

(WMC-TV) - A new law in Tennessee allows you to pay $350 and you could get your criminal record wiped clean.

The law will be in effect on July 1.

It is being called a game changer. For the fee, your criminal record could be erased, as long as that the crimes on that record are non-violent and non-sexual.

<5-18-2012 karen camper 5:23 "It's historic for me it's one of the biggest things I've ever done," said state representative Karen Camper.

Camper is from Memphis. She, along with Memphis Senator Reginald Tate, passed the legislation with broad bipartisan support.

"It's not political, second it's a non-partisan issue," said Camper. "This is going to help more people I believe get their lives back together."

Those who committed non-violent theft, fraud, vandalism, and other non-violent or non-sexual crimes, who also paid all restitution and penalties and stayed crim-free for five years will qualify.

If you do qualify, you will be able to go to the county clerk's office, fill out a form, pay the $350 fee, submit paperwork, and then wait for a general sessions judge to make the final decision.

"Certain people that owned businesses that can't get licenses because of something 20 to 30 years ago will be impacted by this," explained Camper.

Estimates have about 650,000 people will qualify for this law and early estimates has it generating some $7 million for the state of Tennessee each year.

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