Tennessee DUI Law

By The Bowlin Law Firm  Sep. 3, 2013 3:10p

In Tennessee, it is unlawful to drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. Tennessee employs the implied consent rule, which means that when you accept your driver's license you are consenting to undergo a chemical test should you be pulled over on suspicion of DUI and asked to take such a test by a police officer. If you refuse, you will lose your license for a year on a first refusal and for two years on a subsequent refusal.

Those who are convicted of a first-time DUI will face many severe penalties. These include 48 hours up to a year in jail, a license revocation for one year, mandatory participation in an alcohol / drug treatment program, a fine of $350 up to $1,500, and restitution to any victim who suffered injury or personal loss. Those who are convicted with a BAC of .20 or higher will serve a minimum jail sentence of 7 consecutive days.

A first offense DUI in Tennessee can cost you up to $4,900 with towing, bail, attorney fees, court costs, DUI school, license reinstatement fees, and high risk car insurance. You may also be ordered to install an ignition interlock device in your car at your own expense; this expense can add another $1,000 to the total.

DUI Defense in Morristown and Surrounding Areas of Hamblen County

Getting arrested and charged with a DUI is no laughing matter in Tennessee. To achieve the most favorable outcome, you should immediately retain the services of a defense attorney who has experience in this complex legal field. DUI defense involves a working knowledge of the legal, scientific, and even medical factors which can impact your case. Forensic evidence in terms of chemical tests is an integral part of such cases and your attorney should know how to deal with it.

For those who are facing DUI charges in Hamblen County, The Bowling Law Firm provides outstanding legal representation. Troy Bowlin has achieved a 10 out of 10 "Superb" rating from Avvo, which reflects the high quality of his professionalism. Mr. Bowling represents clients facing both state and federal criminal charges of all kinds, from DUI to drug crimes, theft crimes, sex crimes, white collar crimes, murder, and more. He and his legal team are aware of the emotional hardship you may be under when arrested and charged with any crime. You can discuss your case in a free consultation to learn more about it. Contact the firm to schedule your case analysis immediately following any arrest.

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