DUI Expungement in Knoxville, TN
Life After a DUI Conviction
At Collver Law, Mr. Collver understands that life after a DUI conviction can be tough. A tainted criminal record carries a stigma that has adverse economic, professional, and restrictive repercussions. Naturally, anyone with a DUI conviction on their criminal record has wondered if it is possible to have it removed. In Tennessee, the short answer is no. DUI convictions are impossible to erase. However, there is still hope and contacting our Knoxville office will give you a more precise understanding of how to clear your criminal record.
Tennessee Expungement Laws
Expungement is the court ordered process of erasing criminal charges and convictions from an individual’s criminal record as if it never happened.
A person may expunge a single conviction if the conviction is eligible for expungement, the individual has no other criminal convictions or charges, and all required sentencing associated with the convictions have been completed. If all requirements are met, a person may file a petition to have their criminal record erased five years after the completion of criminal sentencing.
However, not all misdemeanors and felonies are eligible for expungement. For the most part, DUI convictions aren’t eligible.
Requirements for a DUI Expungement
Unfortunately, expunging a DUI conviction from a Tennessee criminal record is impossible. The only way to erase a DUI conviction is if the charges were dismissed, you were found not guilty, or the charge is reduced to a non-DUI offense.
DUI reduction occurs when the DUI charge is reduced to reckless endangerment, reckless driving, or some other non-DUI charge. Even though the charge is reduced, you may still have to complete a DUI school, alcohol and drug assessment, or have an ignition interlock installed on your vehicle.
If you comply with all the terms of your probation, wait five years after the completion of probation, and receive no other criminal conviction, you may be eligible to have your conviction expunged. If you receive a judicial diversion on your reduced charge and complete all terms of probation you, you are eligible for an expungement after the completion of probation.
Sealing Juvenile Records
Drivers under the age of 21 in Tennessee are subject to a stricter standard. Under this law, minors with a BAC level of 0.02% or above can be charged with an underage DWI. For drivers between the ages of 16 and 18, an underage DWI is a delinquent act tried in juvenile court. Meanwhile, for drivers between 18 and 21, an underage DWI is considered a Class A misdemeanor.
Luckily, unless specifically excluded by Tennessee law, an underage DWI conviction may be expunged if the following conditions are met: the applicant is 18 or older, at least one year has passed since the applicant’s last juvenile adjudication, and all court fees and fines have been paid. Also, the applicant must not have been convicted of any subsequent crimes.
Benefits of Expungement
One of the biggest problems associated with a criminal record is the detrimental effect it has on future job prospects. Employers frown upon any criminal charge, especially DUI convictions. Expunging your records can solve this major problem since past convictions wont show up on background checks.
Expungement can also help people hoping to obtain a promotion, applying for college or graduate school, or even improve your credit rating. Moreover, it will prevent others from knowing about what may have been a momentary lapse in judgement.
Clear Your Record With Collver Law in Knoxville, TN
Regardless of your age, a DUI conviction can be a devastating experience. The criminal penalties alone can be harrowing, but the stigma that follows can negatively impact all facets of your life long after your debt to society has been paid. Luckily, expunging your criminal record can provide you with a fresh start. At Collver Law, Mr. Collver understands that mistakes happen and he wants to help you rebuild your life with a clean slate. Mr. Collver is prepared and willing to guide you through the complex expungement process. Contact our Knoxville office today and get started on the better side of justice.