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Expungements in TN- What You Need to Know

In this week’s podcast, host and Knoxville DUI attorney Steve Oberman provides a summary of Expungement laws in Tennessee. While this podcast provides an overview of the Tennessee Expungement laws, Steve, Sara, and AZ are happy to address any questions you have and can be reached by calling (865) 249-7200. You can also find a video version of this podcast on YouTube.

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You May Be Eligible to Have Your Tennessee Criminal Conviction Erased

Under a new Tennessee law, signed by Governor Haslam on May 21, 2012, individuals with a Tennessee criminal conviction may now be eligible to have these convictions expunged (or erased) from their Tennessee criminal history.  If you believe your Tennessee criminal conviction may now be expunged, you may contact our office at 865-249-7200 for more information and/or for assistance with the Tennessee expungement process. Additional information can also be found by visiting

The Top 10 Things to Know about the New Expungement Law:

  1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 40-32-101(g) – The New Expungement Statute – ONLY applies to Class E Felonies and Misdemeanors, but does not apply to all Class E Felonies and Misdemeanors.
    1. To find out if you or someone you know is eligible to have a conviction expunged and removed from a criminal record, please contact our office at 865-249-7200.
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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.