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Warrantless blood tests deemed unconstitutional

Most people have a casual familiarity with the experience of being pulled over by police and being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. If the experience isn't first hand, chances are they have seen representations of it on television. The accused may be asked to participate in a field sobriety test, which often involves some sort of balancing act. They might be asked to take a breathalyzer test that involves blowing into a contraption meant to measure blood alcohol content. They might also be asked to submit to a blood test.

What are the penalties for DUI in Tennessee?

The penalty for DUI in Tennessee can vary depending on the number of DUI convictions a person has received. If an accident is involved the penalties will be higher. In addition, penalties increase if the person charged with DUI has a passenger under age 18 or vehicle assault, vehicle homicide occurs.

Can I be charged with DUI while taking prescription medication?

It is becoming increasingly common that people charged with DUI were not drinking at all. In this day and age, more and more people are prescribed with prescription medications, particularly pain medications. They are taking this medication legally and as prescribed by their doctor and do not realized that if pulled over by a police officer, a DUI arrest could be the result.

First DUI charge, what to expect

Being arrested for the first time can be a very stressful and frightening experience. If you are facing your first driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated (DUI/DWI) charge, you may be feeling humiliated, unsure of what to do next and full of questions about your future. You want to know what to expect and what type of consequences you may face.

Bus driver charged with DUI with 56 students on board

When a parent allows a child to ride a bus to a school function, the parent is putting his or her child's safety into the hands of the bus driver. These parents expect that their children will make it to the event and back home safely. One group of 56 students were able to make it back home safely; however, their charter bus driver was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and several other charges.

Learn your options to fight Tennessee's strict DUI penalties

In one of our previous blog posts, we discussed how alcohol can affect driving abilities. Those effects are some of the reasons why Tennessee has such strict penalties for a person who is convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. We know that you don't want a DUI charge to ruin your holiday season, so you must learn about your defense options if you are facing a criminal charge for drunk driving.

How does alcohol affect driving abilities?

The things that can happen when you drive drunk aren't pretty. You risk your life and the life of every other person around you with that poor decision. Still, there are some situations that might necessitate driving after you have had alcohol. It is vital that you understand how alcohol can affect you so that you can decide if driving home after a party is really worth the risks.

Investigative work can help defend against DUI charges

People are not infallible, even when they work in a position of authority such as law enforcement. When police bring evidence or allegations to prosecutors and a DUI charge results, individuals who are charged might be able to protect their future and rights through strong criminal defense strategies that include investigative approaches.

Drunk driving charges: yes, defense is possible

Not being drunk at the time of a drunk driving stop is probably the best defense possible when facing drunk driving charges. If you can prove that you have not, in fact, consumed any alcohol prior to getting behind a wheel, you have a very strong defense against the charges. Even if you did consume alcohol, there are possible defense strategies that can defeat or help reduce charges and sentencing.

What are the penalties for drunk driving offenses in Tennessee?

The penalties for offenses related to drunk driving in Tennessee range from the suspension of drivers licenses to up to 30 years in jail, depending on the severity of the charges and the status of convictions. One of harshest sentences can be handed down in a case when someone is convicted of DUI with child endangerment, which occurs when someone is convicted of driving drunk with a child under 18 in the vehicle.

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