Tennessee has some of the most stringent DUI penalties in the nation. Driving under the influence of alcohol, or any illegal drug or prescription medication, is punished as follows:
First offense: Driver’s license revoked for one year. The mandatory minimum sentence is 48 hours in jail, or 7 days if blood alcohol concentration is .20% or higher. Completion of a DUI Class, plus a $350 fine.
Second offense: Mandatory 45-day jail sentence. Minimum fine of $600.
Third offense: Mandatory 120-day jail sentence. Minimum fine of $1100.
Fourth offense: Felony DUI. Minimum 150-day jail sentence. Minimum fine of $3000. Mandatory alcohol and drug addiction assessment, and mandatory participation in a rehab program. There if also a mandatory ignition interlock device requirement if a prior DUI was within five (5) years.
In addition, a DUI conviction on your record will cause your AUTO INSURANCE to increase substantially. This leads many to lose their ability to drive, which causes numerous other problems, including loss of work. In addition to the penalties listed, the following additional consequences may result from a conviction for a second or subsequent offense of DUI.
Rehabilitation Program: Upon conviction, the judge may require you to attend a rehabilitation program at an approved alcohol treatment facility.
Interlock Device: Presumed necessary unless an on-the-record finding to the contrary is made by the judge. Required if you have had a prior DUI conviction within the last five years. You will be required to blow into the device before starting the car, and periodically while operating the car. Your blood alcohol concentration must register below a specified amount ranging between .02% and .05%. You are responsible for the costs of the device.
Vehicle Forfeiture: The vehicle used in the commission of a second or subsequent offense is automatically subject to seizure and forfeiture by the Tennessee Department of Safety.
Mr. Taylor was a former DUI Prosecutor in Boulder City, Nevada, and also prosecuted conflicted DUI cases through the Nevada Attorney. General’s Office. Currently, he only represents Defendants in DUI or DWI cases.