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.
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.
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.