Tennessee DUI Defenses
In today’s climate, the penalties for driving under the influence in Tennessee have never been more severe. A DUI is the only misdemeanor criminal offense for which you cannot receive pretrial diversion and have a conditional guilty plea removed from your permanent record. A DUI conviction stays with you for the rest of your life. It is also the rare misdemeanor offense that requires mandatory jail time. In fact, even a first offense conviction requires a mandatory jail sentence.
The penalties for a DUI conviction are extremely harsh and should be avoided if possible. The direct consequences of a Tennessee DUI conviction consist of mandatory fines, jail time, license revocation, ignition interlock devices, alcohol safety school, community service, and probation. Besides these obvious penalties, those convicted of a DUI often feel a sense of embarrassment and sham. It is also common for those convicted of a DUI to lose employment opportunities and be denied credit.
The financial consequences of a DUI conviction can be very expensive. Aside from higher insurance premiums, those convicted of a Tennessee DUI will incur costs that exceed over $5,000.00 according to the Tennessee Department of Safety. Even worse, these people are also saddled with a permanent criminal conviction that can never be erased from their record. Obviously, this will make finder a job harder. If these charges are dismissed or reduced to a reckless driving, many of these penalties can be avoided. In fact, it would be possible to have the DUI arrest cleared from your record if the charges are dismissed or amended to a lesser charge.
Because of the harsh penalties and social stigma associated with the conviction, I often advise my clients to plead not guilty and fully develop a defense strategy. As an experienced DUI lawyer, I know how to spot winnable DUI issues. If these issues are missed, they cannot be used in your defense. I stay in touch with current developments in the law and science of DUI defense for this very reason. It is unwise to just show up in court unprepared and hope for the best. Even worse, it is unwise to show up in court and assume the truth will win out. The truth will not win out and you will get convicted of DUI. Remember, the prosecutor’s job is to secure a conviction for DUI. Tennessee courts are serious about DUI cases and they will spend the time and effort into securing a conviction. Do not take DUI charges lightly.
I understand that this is probably the most serious accusation you will ever face. I know that your license, your freedom, and perhaps your job are at stake. I am here to help you navigate the confusing and scary world that becomes your reality when you are issued an arrest warrant for DUI in Tennessee. It is possible for someone accused of a Tennessee DUI charge to completely avoid a conviction. Many people accused of DUI are actually innocent. DUI laws are very complex and the defenses are numerous. This is one area of the law that is best left to those who concentrate on DUI defense. Tennessee’s DUI laws are too complex for those who randomly practice DUI defense. Sometimes the defenses are very subtle. You deserve the best defense available. You only get one chance to get it right. If you need help with a Tennessee DUI charge, give DUI attorney Lee Martin a call at 345-1988. He has over 18 years of legal experience and knows how to get results in DUI cases.
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-Lee Martin is a Nashville criminal defense lawyer who has gained national recognition as a DUI and criminal defense attorney. With over a decade of experience, he knows how to get results in DUI cases. If you are seeking an experienced DUI defense attorney, use his experiences to your advantage. If you need help with a pending DUI charge, give him a call at 615-345-1988.
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