Anyone Can Be Pulled Over for Drunk Driving (DUI)
Decided to drive home from the bar after a night out with friends? Did the party go later than you thought it would and you were in a rush to get back home? Anytime you have been consuming alcohol and subsequently decide to drive, you are potentially setting yourself up for a charge of driving under the influence.
A blood alcohol content of .08% means that you are considered to be legally intoxicated in the state of Tennessee. Anyone can be pulled over by law enforcement if they are exhibiting certain behaviors while driving.
Speeding, driving off the road onto the shoulder, abruptly speeding up and slowing down, running through a stop sign, and driving a vehicle without lights at night may get the attention of law enforcement and result in a traffic stop. In addition to this, police roadblocks also result in numerous DUI arrests.
In the event that you are pulled over, a Breathalyzer or other tests to attempt to establish sobriety will be administered. If you happen to be found to be drunk, you will be arrested for driving under the influence.
If you refuse the tests, which you can legally do, you may be charged with an Implied Consent Violation. The penalties for an Implied Consent Violation will vary in each case, depending on the facts and circumstances.
DUI/DWI and BUI Penalties Are Serious
Operating a vehicle or boat while under the influence of either narcotics or alcohol is a serious charge in the state of Tennessee. If convicted, you may be subject to substantial fines, revocation of your license, increased insurance rates, and jail time. If you are repeat offender or if you are underage, the penalties may be more severe. Also, if the incident you are charged with resulted in an injury or death, you will face very serious felony charges, possibly vehicular manslaughter or homicide.
We Can Help
Being charged with a DUI/DWI or BUI is a terrifying experience. A DUI conviction may cost you your job, your car, your savings, and/or your freedom. Allow our office to help you through this difficult and challenging time to help you achieve the most favorable results possible. We will fight for your rights and give your case the attention and consideration it deserves. We stand ready to assist you.