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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.

Jail time for first-offense DUI convictions in Tennessee

It is true that, here in Tennessee, a person accused of DUI can face harsher potential penalties if they have previous DUI convictions. However, this does not mean that those who are facing DUI allegations who have no past DUI convictions are not in a serious situation. A conviction on a first-offense DUI in the state still carries penalties that can affect a person in some very fundamental and deep ways. Today, we will be focusing on one of these penalties: jail time.

Bill would add new consequence for some repeat DUI convictions

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.

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