Can My Tennessee DUI Conviction be Erased from My Record?

A typical misconception in our society is that criminal convictions, including Tennessee DUI convictions, can be erased from a criminal record.  Tennessee law allows for a charge to be expunged, or erased, from one’s record only if the charge has been dismissed.  The passage of time alone, even for years, will not be sufficient to allow for expungement under Tennessee law.  This is why it is so important to obtain the best possible representation as soon as possible after a DUI, traffic or other criminal charge has been brought against you.  Once convicted, the record of that conviction remains on your criminal history forever – possibly causing the loss of job opportunities, and affecting one’s ability and or the rates of life and health insurance.

Once a charge is dismissed (whether by agreement, acquittal a “no true bill” or executive clemency), specific procedures must be followed to request expunction of public records relating to the arrest.  To ensure that the proper procedures are followed, one should retain a lawyer to assist with the process.  The process, however, can take up to 12 weeks due to the necessity of obtaining the necessary approval of the prosecution, the judge, and the various law enforcement agencies involved.


  1. #1 by Embenonet - July 22nd, 2009 at 02:17

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  2. #2 by Bethany Williams - January 7th, 2017 at 03:47

    A lot of people end up with poor representation and then they aren’t given an opportunity to fight the charges because they couldn’t afford a good lawyer to represent them. Richie Rich hires a good lawyer and gets DUI put down as a minor crime allowed to be expunged and then the original DUI offense disappears and is hidden from record… meaning employers can’t hold it against him. Porey Poor hires the public defender and pleads to misdemeanor DUI… meaning employers deny him employment and he’s screwed for half of his adult life or more. Sad society we live in. Richie Rich grows up and stays Rich. Porey Poor grew up much faster and remains low income due to an inability to obtain and retain good work due to the biased behavior by his employer. The state thinks harsher punishment is the answer and I think that they are simply feeding the fires. Didn’t anyone ever read those Smokey the Bear warnings.

  3. #3 by Devon R Loftin - July 7th, 2018 at 05:23

    I would just like the opportunity to have a chance to get on with my life. My dui charges have convicted and served the sentences, I just can’t believe that gruesome crimes that have been convicted and sentenced served can be removed when I have been in a program of recovery and paid most of my financial obligations and there is no way that I can’t get a little consideration after a set amount of time…..

  4. #4 by Sara Compher-Rice - July 10th, 2018 at 09:54

    Driving Under the Influence is one of many Tennessee crimes excluded from the criminal conviction expungement law. I would encourage you to contact your state legislators to express your concerns in the hopes the law will be amended in the future to permit expungement of certain convictions of Driving Under the Influence.

  5. #5 by Christina Wallen - September 23rd, 2018 at 07:59

    How can you be convicted with a negative blood test result and was left in jail 150 days while another blood test was pending after setting there that long I pled guilty now I am hmvo is there anyway to get this off my record

  6. #6 by Steve Oberman - February 11th, 2019 at 03:18

    As much as we would like to help you, unfortunately it is not appropriate to provide legal advice through this forum. Please consult with your lawyer or contact us by telephone to discuss our fee to research this topic for you. Best of luck, Steve Oberman

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