In the state of Tennessee, a DUI conviction may not be expunged from your record. This means that if you are found guilty of driving under the influence, that conviction will follow you for the rest of your life and be visible to every potential employer, loan officer or landlord that decides to run a background check on you.
There is hope, however. Even if you’ve been charged with driving under the influence, a seasoned attorney with experience in Tennessee DUI trials may be able to argue the charges down, resulting in a conviction of a lesser offense or, better yet, a dismissal of the charges altogether. The state of Tennessee does allow for certain misdemeanors and even some specific Class E felony convictions to be expunged from your record. This means that if your attorney can get the charges against you reduced from DUI to a lesser offense, that conviction may be eligible for expungement.
There are other legal scenarios in which criminal charges may be expunged from your record. Examples of these include first-offender programs, such as pretrial diversion and judicial diversion. Diversion essentially means that the charges are suspended for a period of time. These situations have very specific stipulations and conditions, though, and a knowledgeable attorney will be able to analyze your case and inform you of whether you qualify for diversion.
If you have been charged with DUI, the last thing you want to do is give up hope and surrender yourself to whatever fate the court has in store for you. You should seriously consider consulting with a reputable, experienced DUI attorney—it just may alter the entire course of your case.
Marcos Garza has dedicated his practice to defending DUI cases in the state of Tennessee. You can be sure that Mr. Garza will dedicate himself to your case, analyzing the details of your DUI stop, arrest and any blood alcohol content tests that were performed, to ensure that everything happened according to the procedures set forth by the state of Tennessee.
Don’t leave your DUI case to chance. Call the Garza Law Firm at (888) 680-7554 and schedule a free consultation today.