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Tennessee DUI First Offense

Have you been arrested for a first offense DUI in Tennessee?

A DUI charge in Tennessee is very serious business even if it is your first DUI offense. Under Tennessee law, you can receive mandatory jail time and license suspension for one year. Even the minimum DUI penalties include jail time and suspension of your Tennessee driver’s license for a period of one year. This applies to both Tennessee citizens and those out of state. If possible, avoid a DUI conviction at all costs. Tennessee DUI attorney Lee Martin has over 16 years of DUI experience and knows how to get results in Tennessee DUI cases. Let him put his years of DUI defense experience for work for you.

It is very common for an individual who is arrested for DUI to have clean record. In fact, most of my clients have never been in any legal trouble prior to their DUI arrest. I understand that a Tennessee DUI charge can be very scary and confusing. The unknown is the most troubling part of being arrested for DUI. I will help guide you through the confusing maze of Tennessee’s DUI laws. Tennessee law provides for statutory minimum and maximum penalties for a first time Tennessee DUI offense.

A first time DUI offender can face a minimum of 48 hours in jail which is required by law and you could face up to 11 months and 29 days in jail. However, most first offense Tennessee DUI sentences are suspended and served on probation. The costs associated with a DUI conviction are both significant in both time and money. If convicted of a Tennessee DUI, it will appear on your permanent record for the rest of your life. It can never be expunged.

The court costs and fines alone often exceed well over $1,000.00 in most Tennessee DUI cases. There may also be several hundred dollars required for probation supervision fees. Also under Tennessee law, you must also complete a minimum of 24 hours of community service work as well as attend a state licensed DUI school. As you can see, the penalties for DUI in Tennessee are very severe.

Generally speaking, Tennessee courts will also require those convicted of a DUI to submit to an alcohol and drug evaluation. Subsequently, that person will have to follow any recommended treatment programs which could consist of AA meetings or an alcohol/drug rehab programs. These requirements are often difficult to meet when Tennessee’s DUI laws require the loss of driver's license for one year. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may be able to avoid these DUI penalties altogether.

Common punishments for a Tennessee first offense DUI

  • 11 months and 29 days of probation
  • 48 hours in jail and 7 days in jail if your BAC is .20 or greater
  • Fines of $350.00 to $1,500.00
  • 24 hours of community service work
  • Loss of license for one year
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device

If this is your first DUI in Tennessee, call an experienced Tennessee DUI attorney immediately. Most DUI cases are defensible. It is unwise to merely show up in court and hope for the best. Your Tennessee DUI case will not defend itself. You need the experience of an attorney who defends DUI cases every day in Tennessee. Let DUI attorney Lee Martin put his experience to work for you. Call 615-345-1988.

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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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