There is no single charge of felony drunk driving in Tennessee, but rather a host of alleged conduct that may elevate a DUI charge to felony if it is proven at trial. This post will touch on some of the ways that a DUI charge may be converted into a felony DUI charge, but as with all legal matters, it is better that readers discuss their legal needs with their personal criminal defense or DUI defense attorneys.
Standard DUI charges may be enhanced by the presence of certain factors or alleged conditions. If a driver is alleged to have driven drunk and in the course of their actions hurt a child who was in their car, that charge may be elevated to a Class D felony. If the child is killed in the incident, the charge may be elevated to a Class B felony.
Alleged vehicular assaults and alleged vehicular homicides may also be charged as Class D and Class B felonies, respectively, and may convert DUI charges in to more serious legal claims. Alleged aggravated vehicular homicide claims can be charged as Class A felonies when drivers have prior drunk driving convictions on their records.
A felony drunk driving charge is an incredibly serious legal matter. A driver may lose considerably more than their license - they may be penalized with years in jail, significant fines, and the loss of certain rights. When facing a serious drunk driving charge like one that has been discussed in this post, individuals should not hesitate to seek legal assistance. Though there is no way to guarantee a favorable outcome in any legal matter, the support of defense attorneys can provide clients with knowledge and confidence as they work through their legal trials.