Athens, TN asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Tennessee

Q: Why can't a DUI be expunged?

I pleaded guilty to a DUI in July 1998. I was curious on why I could not be allowed to have that expunged? I pleaded guilty to a bad check I believe either in 1999 or 2000, but have not been in any type of trouble since. I know that both are misdemeanors, so why are they not allowed to be expunged if I chose to seek expungement?

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James R. Owen
James R. Owen
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: The expunction statute excludes DUIs specifically. DUI is one of the few misdemeanor crimes that cannot be expunged.

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