Driving under the influence, or DUI, is a crime that has seen harsher penalties levied in recent years. While most commonly associated with alcohol, DUI charges cover more than that. According to state law in Tennessee, it is unlawful for any person to drive while –

  1. under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, narcotic drug, or drug producing stimulating effects on the central nervous system, or
  2. the alcohol concentration in such a person’s blood or breath is eight-hundredths of one percent or more

If either of those criteria are met, DUI charges can be warranted. If you have been charged with a DUI, your potential punishment depends greatly on whether or not this would be your first offense if convicted.

First Offense

The resulting sentence from a first DUI conviction in Tennessee can include the following elements –

  • anywhere from one day to one year in jail, depending on age and severity of intoxication at time of arrest
  • 24 hours mandatory litter pickup
  • probation and license suspension
  • DUI school
  • $350 fine

Second Offense

Not surprisingly, the punishment for a second offense is more severe than that of a first offense. Among the possible punishments –

  • a range of jail time from 45 days to one year
  • probation, alcohol and drug assessment
  • DUI school, license suspension
  • $600 fine

Third Offense

The minimum punishment for someone convicted for a third time of DUI is quite severe. Increased jail time and long term probation are likely –

  • jail sentence from 120 days to one year
  • probation, DUI school
  • minimum three year license suspension
  • $1,100 fine

If you have had DUI charges brought against you in the state of Tennessee, you will want to retain the services of an experienced defense attorney to make sure your rights are protected and due process is followed. Call Gregory P. Issacs at 865-673-4953 to discuss the details of your case and have a free consultation. The ramifications of a DUI conviction can be lifelong, so be sure to defend yourself completely against these charges.