DUI Attorneys in Tennessee
A DUI attorney is a valuable resource if you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol in Tennessee. A DUI charge is a serious offense with significant penalties, including fines and driver's license revocation.
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A DUI attorney is one who specializes in representing clients charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs and other related violations.
A lawyer who focuses on DUI cases may have special expertise in this area of the law or a lot of experience in handling DUIs.
Not only can DUI attorneys apply their expertise to your case, they can also help you understand the charges you face and the potential consequences of those charges.
A DUI is usually a misdemeanor, but you could face felony charges for:
- Vehicular assault, if you injure someone.
- Child endangerment, if you have a passenger younger than 18 years old.
- Vehicular homicide, if your offense resulted in death.
The penalties for DUI in TN are tough and get more severe if you have prior convictions or face felony charges. Examples include:
- 1st offense penalties:
- $350 to $1,500 fine.
- Driver's license revoked for 1 year.
- 2nd offense penalties:
- $600 to $3,500 fine.
- License revoked for 2 years.
These penalties can include costs you hadn't expected, such as Tennessee Department of Safety (DOS) fees to reinstate your Tennessee driver's license.
A lawyer who specializes in DUI cases can explain the charges and penalties you face to give you a clear and complete picture of your circumstances.
Some people hire a lawyer to avoid conviction. However, a conviction may be unavoidable.
In most DUI cases, the evidence against you, usually blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test results, is difficult to dispute.
Regardless of the likelihood of conviction, a lawyer can still be a valuable resource, saving you a lot of time and frustration by:
- Dealing with the court and/or prosecutor on your behalf.
- Preparing and filing necessary documents.
- Determining the best strategy for your case.
Sometimes a lawyer can even save you money. For example, you may be able to avoid higher fines or stiffer penalties by pleading “guilty" and avoiding a trial.
A DUI charge and its aftermath can be confusing, stressful, and time consuming. A DUI attorney can make the entire process easier to handle.