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Tennessee DUI Penalties Can be Severe and Long-Lasting

DUI defense attorneys fight to prevent a DUI from ruining your life

Tennessee has some of the stiffest penalties in the country for drivers convicted of driving under the influence. Penalties go far beyond the initial fines, and can have a significant impact on you for the rest of your life. The team of experienced DUI attorneys at the Law Office of David L. Scott understand how harmful a DUI conviction can be to you, both in the short-term and long-term. We fight tenaciously to keep convictions off the record of Murfreesboro drivers and protect your present and future interests.

What penalties are you facing for a DUI conviction?

The penalties drivers accused of DUI in Tennessee face are extensive and potentially long-lasting. The state gives Murfreesboro courts guidelines to follow when sentencing drivers convicted of DUI. The penalty guidelines get more severe for drivers with previous convictions. An experienced Tennessee DUI defense attorney can help you fight the charges against you and limit the penalties you suffer. Even if this is your first offense, your potential penalties include:

·     Jail time — You will have to spend between 48 hours and 11 months, 29 days in jail for just a first offense. If your blood alcohol level (BAC) is more than a .20, then your minimum jail sentence increases to 7 days.

·     Probation — You will be on probation for a minimum of 11 months, 29 days (less time spent in jail).

·     Fines — The court will fine you anywhere between $350-$1500.

·     Highway litter removal — The state has a minimum 24-hour sentence for highway litter removal.

·     DUI assessment — You may have to get a mandatory alcohol and drug addiction assessment that comes with a fee. Depending on the outcome of your assessment, you may also have to go to an alcohol rehabilitation program.

·     DUI school — DUI school is mandatory, along with the possibility of having to attend a Victim Impact Panel.

·     Community service — The court has discretion to order additional community service in addition to the highway litter removal.

·     License revocation — Your driver’s license will be revoked for 1 year. However, you may be able to get a restricted license for work and school if you meet Tennessee’s qualifications.

·     Ignition interlock device — Depending on the circumstances of your case, a judge may order an ignition interlock at their discretion, or it may be mandatory if certain conditions in the facts of the case are present.

·     Vehicle forfeiture — In some rare circumstances, the court may have the discretion to cause you to forfeit your vehicle.

What determines whether you are sentenced to a minimum or maximum sentence for a DUI conviction?

The judges presiding over Murfreesboro courts are given a lot of discretion in ordering penalties during the sentencing phase of a DUI. Judges look at the case and determine how much the facts before them warrant a severe sentence. Judges consider the circumstances that surround the day of the incident and personal facts about your life including how a severe penalty may interfere with the rest of your life.

It is important to hire a DUI attorney in Murfreesboro that can effectively persuade the court that the facts favor as light of a sentence as possible - your future depends on it. Our DUI attorneys provide innovative DUI defense strategies and have a history of success convincing courts to sentence our clients lightly.  

Contact us to discuss the penalties of getting a DUI in Tennessee

There are a number of penalties you may be facing if you have been charged with a DUI in Tennessee. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, we take your charges seriously and work hard to minimize them as much as possible. We offer a free initial consultation and DUI case review. Call our office at 615-896-7656 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today.




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722 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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4322 Harding Pike #417
Nashville, TN 37205

Phone: 615-203-8062

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Based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, we are pleased to serve clients throughout Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville, Woodbury, McMinnville, Manchester, Shelbyville, Lebanon, Mount Juliet and other communities in Rutherford County, Williamson County, Cannon County, Bedford County, Davidson County, Wilson County and Coffee County.


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