Fighting DUI Charges in Tennessee
Clarksville DUI Lawyers: Call (931) 398-5308 Now
Driving under the influence (of drugs or alcohol) is a serious criminal offense. In Tennessee, the DUI laws are extremely tough with regard to the penalties imposed on those who are convicted. A DUI is one of the few criminal offenses where conviction can depend solely on the opinion of law enforcement.
Tennessee law does require, however, that the government prove beyond a reasonable doubt the accused was operating or in control of a motor vehicle, that they were driving on a public road, highway, or any other area generally frequented by the public, and that they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.
Penalties for Drunk Driving
A first offense DUI conviction can mean between 48 hours and 11 months, 29 days in jail. It also means your license will be revoked for 1 year, you will be ordered to attend DUI school, you must pay restitution to anyone who suffered injuries or loss as a result of your DUI, you need to pay a $350-$1500 fine, and you may be required to attend drug and alcohol treatment at the judge's discretion.
After two convictions within a 5 year period, you will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device on your vehicle and keep it on your vehicle for 6 months, all at your own expense. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd convictions are all considered misdemeanors with varying levels of jail time and other penalties. 4th charges of drunk driving are charged as felonies.
DUI Defense Attorney Serving Clarksville
Grimes, Sensing & Clemons PLLC are criminal defense attorneys representing clients in the Clarksville and Montgomery County, Tennessee areas who have been arrested for or are facing DUI charges. It is important for drivers to remember that even if they have taken a breath test or blood test which showed their blood alcohol concentration to be .08% or higher, they do have legal options.
The most important factor when facing criminal accusations of DUI is to secure high quality legal counsel. The attorneys at the firm will take the time to thoroughly review your case, how the arrest took place, how the breath or blood tests were administered, as well all other evidence that led to the criminal charges of DUI. They are there to represent you, to protect your best interests and to determine the best legal options to pursue.
When facing DUI charges, you need an attorney who will fight for your rights. Contact a Clarksville DUI attorney at (931) 398-5308 so they can review your case and advise you of the legal options available to you.