DUI Penalties

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Under Tennessee law, a person can be charged and convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) if they drive or are in physical control of a motor vehicle on a public roadway and

  • Have a breath/blood alcohol content of at least .08 OR
  • Were you under the influence of alcohol? OR
  • Are under the influence of drugs (even if they are prescribed) OR
  • Are under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs.

Penalties for Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

DUI 1ST offense:

  • Fine: $350 minimum; $1,500.00 maximum.
  • Jail: 48 hours (along with 24 hours litter pick-up) minimum: 11 months and 29 days maximum
  • If blood alcohol exceeds 0.20%, the person must serve a mandatory 7 consecutive days in jail.
  • Driver’s license is revoked for 1 year.

DUI 2ND offense:

  • Fine: $600.00 minimum; $3,500 maximum.
  • Jail: 45 days maximum; 11 months and 29 days maximum.
  • The driver’s license is revoked for 2 years.
  • Inpatient alcohol or drug treatment is available as jail credit.
  • possible forfeiture of the vehicle.

DUI 3RD offense:

  • Fine: $1,100.00 minimum; $10,000.00 maximum.
  • Jail: 120 days minimum; 11 months; and 29 days maximum.
  • Driver’s license revoked for 3 to 10 years.
  • Possible forfeiture of the vehicle.

DUI 4TH offense:

  • a Class E felony conviction
  • Fine: $3,000 minimum; $15,000.00 maximum.
  • Jail: 150 days minimum; 6 years maximum.
  • driver’s license revoked for 5 years.
  • possible forfeiture of the vehicle.

DUI convictions count as prior offenses for either charge, as do convictions in another state. A DUI within the last 10 years is considered. If you have had one DUI within the last 10 years, the court will consider DUI convictions that go back 20 years.

Experienced DUI Defense Attorney Located in Knoxville, TN.

Do not delay, call a lawyer capable of handling your Tennessee DUI or boating under the influence charge immediately.  There are often many ways to successfully defend a Tennessee DUI charge if you obtain a capable Tennessee DUI attorney with enough time to investigate and prepare for your case.

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