My question involves criminal records for the state of TN
The circumstances for which I am seeking legal counsel are kind of two-fold. In October of 2010 I was hired by a brokerage firm. During the process of applying for my Securities Registration by completing the U-4 application I was asked "Have you ever been charged with a felony?" At the age of 19 I was charged with a felony, but found guilty of a Youthful Offender offense. According to AL law, such offense is not a felony and the record remains sealed on your juvenile record. At the time of my application process I provided my employer with a copy of my sealed record. The company's attorneys required me to list this offense on my U-4 application initially, and then later advised me to amend my U-4 to remove it after I provided them with a copy of the AL law. We submitted the application for my state registrations prior to the amendment, and as a result TX requested a copy of my sealed record. Since this record is confidential the corporate attorneys advised me to withdraw my registration request for TX. After that I was required to sign a document acknowledging that my company reserves the right to terminate me anytime for not being licensed in TX.
After disclosing this information another issue developed. A background search of my name now shows a felony charge on my criminal record. this was discovered after I applied to lease an apartment and was initially denied due to a "felony undefined" listed on the search. I was allowed to lease the apartment after providing the leasing company with my sealed court record and a copy of AL law. The background search does not list the specific offense, and appears as an offense that occurred in TN. I lived in TN at the time and completed my probation there, but I have never been arrested in TN for anything ever.
I hired an attorney about 18 months ago to help me with this, but have since fired him because he never responded to my emails, returned my calls or worked on the case. He did confirm with AL that they are not reporting this information. He sent a letter to the state of TN, but I do not know if there was ever a response. In my last communication with him he mentioned that the companies that perform the background searches (like LexisNexis) might be responsible for reporting it.