A DUI is a serious charge that can follow you around for years. It would be nice if you could remove it, or expunge it, from your record after a certain amount of time has passed. This is a possibility with some types of charges, but we have some bad news if you have a DUI conviction. That part of your record is not going anywhere, and that is all the more reason to contact a seasoned Memphis DUI defense lawyer when you first get charged.
Is It Possible to Expunge a DUI Conviction?
Unfortunately, there is no process for expunging a DUI conviction in Tennessee. If you are convicted or plead guilty after being charged, that is going to be on your record. There are a few times when a DUI can be expunged though, including when:
- You are charged, but acquitted by a judge or jury
- The state dropped the charges or declined to prosecute the case
- You were arrested but never charged with a DUI
- You were convicted of a lesser offense, like reckless driving
If you have a conviction, there is nothing that can be done. This is why hiring a lawyer should be your first move when you get charged with a DUI.
What Can a DUI Lawyer Do For Me?
A Memphis DUI defense lawyer can help you fight back against a DUI and keep it off of your record entirely. Failing that, they can at least put you in a position where the charge can be expunged later. An attorney can:
- Question the traffic stop and get evidence against you thrown out
- Plead down to lesser charges
- Make your case in front of a judge and jury
- Prepare you for testimony or depositions
We will use every resource at our disposal to fight for the best possible outcome.
Why Should I Fight a DUI Charge?
A DUI charge can result in harsh penalties, even if it is your first criminal charge. You could get jail time and a fine of up to $1,500. You may even have your driver’s license revoked. Worse yet, this charge stays on your record, and getting arrested for subsequent DUIs can result in even more severe sentences.
This charge or conviction can also affect you in other areas of life. Someone checking your background can see this on your record. It could jeopardize your chances of getting a job, securing housing, or receiving a loan. This is why you need to talk to a defense attorney and begin forming your defense against such charges right away.
Call and Schedule a Consultation
When you are ready to talk about your options, contact Ballin, Ballin & Fishman, PC. We can schedule a free consultation and tell you more about how we can assist you in this difficult time.