Many different things can impact what sorts of consequences a person can face if they are convicted of a DUI charge here in Tennessee. One is whether this is their first DUI conviction or if they have past DUI convictions on record. If a person has past DUI convictions, they could be facing additional and more severe penalties.
Thus, a person accused of a repeat DUI offense can have even more at risk in criminal proceedings than a regular DUI suspect. Experienced Tennessee defense attorneys understand the particular concerns that can arise for individuals accused of repeat DUI offenses in the state and can help such individuals in building a case against the charges brought against them.
Currently, Tennessee's legislature is considering adding a new consequence for a certain type of repeat DUI conviction. This new consequence would touch on a fairly basic thing for a person: what they are allowed to buy.
A bill is before the legislature that would make it so anyone who is convicted of a third DUI offense would have a ban on buying alcohol placed on them for at least ten years. A special mark would be put on their license to indicate that such a ban has been placed on them.
The bill recently cleared one legislative hurdle, as it was passed by a sub-committee of the state senate.
What is your opinion of this Tennessee bill? Do you think the new consequence it would add for a third DUI offense is a fair one? Do you think the bill will ultimately be made into law?
Source: WBIR, "Senate sub-committee passes alcohol ban for repeat DUI offenders," Claire Dodson, March 13, 2015