Germantown, TN asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and Identity Theft for Tennessee

Q: Stolen Check / Identity Thief

Someone passed a stolen check of mine and made a purchase of over $1000 at a Tennessee Walmart in late 2001. I was not aware of this until June 2020 when I was trying to purchase a handgun and was rejected by the TBI. The information I was given is that there is a case against me in the county where the Walmart is located. Who should I contact to clear my name?

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Anthony M. Avery
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Most importantly, you need to know if it was only a charge, or a conviction. A charge is not a firearm disability although the TBI will not okay your firearm purchase from a FFL. But a conviction, and a felony at that, will be life changing. Hopefully it is only a charge, and a very good attorney may be able to get it dismissed for lack of prosecution. Since it was initiated, no SOL is involved. After dismissal, you must expunge the record.

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