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DUI Penalties in Tennessee
Fight for Your Future with a Murfreesboro DUI Lawyer
Have you been arrested and charged with a DUI in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne or elsewhere in Middle Tennessee? Are you worried about what will happen and how to deal with this difficult situation? The worst thing to do is nothing. The best thing to do is get competent legal advice from an attorney who deals with this situation every day.
A Murfreesboro DUI attorney from Parkerson Santel, PLLC can sit down with you, review your situation, and advise you on your legal rights, legal options, and how best to proceed given your particular case. With the right information and an understanding of what you are up against, you can then make an informed decision about how you want to deal with the charges.
Call (844) 402-2266 to learn more about your specific circumstances.
Penalties for a First Offense
Unfortunately, the penalties for a DUI can be very serious. For a first offense, you are facing:
- Jail sentence of up to 1 year, with a minimum mandatory 48 hours behind bars
- If your blood alcohol content was 0.20% or more, your mandatory minimum jail time is 7 days
- For any sentenced jail time you do not serve, you will be placed on probation
- Fines ranging between $350 and $1500
- License suspension for one year
- You may be eligible for a restricted license which allows you to drive between home and work or school
- Mandatory completion of DUI school and possibly some further education and/or treatment for alcohol or drug abuse
- Possible community service
- Possible installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on your vehicle
Of course, you will also have a criminal record if convicted of DUI, which may pose difficulties for you in the future. Employers are less likely to hire someone who has a mark on their record, even for something as “minor” as drunk driving.
Penalties for Subsequent Offenses within 10 Years
If you are convicted of a subsequent DUI within 10 years, the penalties will be more severe. A second offense will carry penalties of:
- Up to 1 year in jail with a mandatory minimum of 45 days
- Fines between $600 and $3500
- License suspension for 2 years
- You may be eligible for a restricted license after 1 year
- Alcohol evaluation and treatment
- Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
- Possible forfeiture of your vehicle
On a third offense, fines increase to $1100 – $10,000 and your license will be suspended for 3 to 10 years with no possibility of a restricted license. On a fourth offense, you are facing felony DUIcharges with jail time up to 6 years, fines up to $15,000, a 5-year minimum license revocation, along with other penalties.
In the face of such consequences, it is important that you have capable legal representation. You do have the right to defend yourself and, with the experienced and aggressive assistance of the Murfreesboro DUI lawyer at the firm, the adverse consequences of these charges can be significantly minimized.
Facing a DUI? Contact a Murfreesboro DUI attorney at the firm today.
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