Jackson Drunk Driving Attorneys
DUI Road Test Procedures
Do not automatically assume that you have no choice but to accept the charges and subsequent penalties that come from a DUI arrest. A skilled drunk driving attorney can raise a variety of defenses. Reach out to an attorney as soon as possible to see if there may be any legal challenges that can be raised in your defense.
For example, perhaps the testing device was faulty, or the test procedure was not carried out properly, or was recorded in a manner that violates your rights. The police may not have had a right to stop your car or to arrest you. A skilled Jackson drunk driving lawyer knows how to investigate your situation to determine if there were any serious errors committed by the police.
Penalties for DUI
Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-10-401 et. seq., driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above is a criminal offense. For a first offense, you may be subject to:
- A maximum sentence of 11 months, 29 days
- A minimum $350 fine
- Court costs
- Mandatory enrollment in a DUI education course
- License revocation
- Community service
- Restitution for physical injury or loss you caused
- Mandatory attendance at AA meetings
BAC limits (.04) are stricter for persons driving commercial vehicles. And young drivers under 21 have a legal limit of .02. Enhanced penalties apply to DUI offenders with .20 or above BAC. These drivers are subject to a minimum of seven days in jail and they face additional jail time, stiffer fines, and more severe license sanctions.
Penalties for a second conviction are more severe. Your vehicle may be forfeited, an ignition interlock installed, and you may be required to attend a rehab program. A fourth conviction of DUI is classified as a felony and can lead to even more serious penalties.
It is not only alcohol that can be the subject of a DUI charge. Driving under the influence of illegal drugs or controlled substances is also considered a DUI in Tennessee. Controlled substances include marijuana, amphetamines, narcotics, inhalants, and any other intoxicant or drug that produces stimulating effects on the nervous system.