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When can a person face felony charges for an alleged DUI?

Not every DUI case here in Tennessee involves the same type of charges. There are several different kinds of DUI charges that can be brought in the state. What specific sorts of charges a person can face in relation to DUI allegations in the state depends on the specific details of the DUI allegations that have been leveled against them.

The different types of DUI charges in the state can vary quite a bit in their relative severity. For example, some of these charges are classified as misdemeanors while others hold the more severe classification of felony. Here are some examples of circumstances under which a person accused of DUI here in Tennessee can face felony charges in relation to the allegations:

  • When the accused has three or more past convictions of DUI on their record.
  • When the accused is alleged to have caused serious injury to another person through the alleged DUI.
  • When the accused is alleged to have caused a person's death through the alleged DUI.

A Tennessean can be facing some incredibly serious possible consequences if they have a felony-level DUI charge brought against them. Felony charges generally carry very severe penalties for those convicted of them. Also, having a felony conviction on one's record can potentially have lifetime impacts on a person. 

Thus, if a person is accused of conduct that would expose them to a felony-level DUI charge, they should consider promptly bringing in an experienced DUI defense lawyer to help them with their defensive strategy.

Source: Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security, "DUI Offenses," Accessed March 30, 2015

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