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What Penalties Might You Face if Convicted of DUI in Tennessee?

There can be serious consequences, both legally and financially, if you are convicted of drunk driving in Tennessee. Whether you have been charged with your first DUI, or have had multiple Tennessee DUI offenses, it is important that you are aware of all the potential penalties you may face.

First time offenders:

  • Minimum jail time of 48 hours
  • $350 to $1,500 fine
  • License revoked for one year
  • 24 hours of Public Works (unless a documented medical condition then can substitute community service at another designated charity/organization)

Second time offenders:

  • Minimum jail time of 45 days
  • $600 to $3,5000 fine
  • License revoked for two years/may apply for restricted license after one year
  • Your vehicle may be seized

Third time offenders:

  • Minimum jail time of 120 days
  • $1,1000 to $10,000 in fines
  • License revoked for three to ten years/restricted license is not available
  • Your vehicle may be seized

Fourth and subsequent offenses:

  • Class E Felony
  • Minimum of 150 consecutively served days in jail
  • $3,000 to $15,000 in fines
  • License revoked for five years/restricted license not available
  • Your vehicle may be seized

With all levels of offenses you will also be ordered to attend DUI school (required on first offense) or an alcohol rehabilitation program. Additionally, a judge may order you to pay restitution and/or install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle at your own expense.

In addition to these penalties, if you are convicted of drunk driving you may face reinstatement fees, increased insurance costs and revocation of a commercial driver's license. Moreover, you may face consequences from your employer, or negatively impact your ability to gain admission to certain schools.

The multiple and potentially severe consequences of a DUI conviction make a strong legal defense crucial. An experienced attorney can provide guidance about your rights and potential defenses.

Source: TN.gov, DUI Offenses

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