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What do you need to know about DUI charges in Tennessee?

David Sexton

Driving under the influence is a common charge that forms the basis for an arrest in Tennessee and, in fact, throughout the country. As much as public and private entities have, over the last few decades, tried to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, the fact remains that thousands of people engage in this conduct each year. What do our readers need to know about DUI charges in Tennessee?

Well, for starters, the maximum allowable blood alcohol content for drivers in Tennessee is 0.08 percent. Anyone who is found to have a BAC above that level may face DUI charges. And, even though many people might think that DUI is a relatively minor charge, even a first-time DUI arrestee will likely face some severe consequences.

For starters, a conviction on drunk driving charges for a first-time arrestee will most likely result in the loss of their driver's license for one year. In addition, the court may order the defendant to attend some type of alcohol or substance abuse counseling. That is on top of fines and having to spend at least 48 hours in jail.

As our readers can probably imagine, the consequences get more severe with multiple convictions. Tennessee residents who are facing their second or third conviction for DUI may face the prospect of being ordered to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle. It is also possible that their vehicle may be confiscated. They can even face prison time upon multiple convictions. That is why any Tennessee residents who are facing DUI charges needs to take their criminal defense options seriously.

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