Once again, Tennessee motorists all across the state are in the midst of an enhanced drunk driving enforcement campaign.
If you drive, you're well aware of such initiatives, of course. They occur with regularity during summer months and surrounding key holiday periods throughout the year.
Obviously, the days marking the end of December and ushering in the New Year mark a prime period for heightened criminal enforcement targeting alleged behind-the-wheel inebriation.
Drivers, watch out. December is National Drugged and Drunk Driving Prevention Month nationally, and Tennessee officials are doing their part to fully participate in ramped-up efforts to identify and punish motorists on DUI charges.
Tennessee's year-end enforcement campaign is already in full force, having commenced December 13. It runs through the end of the year, marked by a materially increased police presence on state streets and highways.
A drunk driving arrest in Hamilton County or anywhere else in Tennessee comes with notably adverse consequences for many motorists. We note on our DUI defense website at the Chattanooga Law Office of Sam Byrd that the penalties following conviction can be truly severe, given that drunk driving "is among the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in Tennessee."
Jail time can result even for a first offense. On top of that, a criminal conviction can bring a substantial loss of money in court fines and other fees (towing/impound costs and ignition interlock requirements, for example). Drivers often have their licenses suspended or revoked. Some motorists are required to participate in alcohol- and/or drug-treatment programs.
Any driver with questions or concerns regarding a drunk driving arrest and criminal charges can obtain prompt and proven guidance from an experienced DUI defense attorney.
We wish all our readers a safe and problem-free driving experience during the holidays and throughout the year.