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Can immigrants be deported over DUI offenses?

Since a first-offense DUI is a misdemeanor in Tennessee and elsewhere, it may surprise you to learn that some DUI offenses can have immigration consequences. Generally, a misdemeanor DUI conviction does not result in deportation, but multiple misdemeanor DUI convictions can, under certain circumstances. And, felony DUI offenses can sometimes result in deportation -- even for lawful permanent residents (green card holders) -- and have other effects on your immigration status.

Remember: Driving hungover is not driving sober

As we've discussed before on this blog, DUI has no arbitrary time limit. If you were extremely intoxicated the night before, you could still have enough alcohol in your system for a DUI the day after. Moreover, the only thing that effectively reduces blood alcohol content is time.

Traveling to Canada? Consider their tough new drunk driving laws

At Summers, Rufolo & Rodgers, we believe in keeping you up to date about the changing state of impaired driving laws across the country and around the world. This is not only to provide a comparison to the laws of Tennessee but also to give you a sense of what trends could be coming our way.

Limits dropping, consequences rising for DUIs in other states

Tennessee has some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation -- but other states are working to crack down on drunk driving, too. This could affect you when you travel to other states, and it potentially could indicate how Tennessee may deal with the issue in the future. Changes to DUI laws are often part of trends, as advocacy groups and regulators take their proposals from state to state.

Older drivers' medications could be a DUI risk

According to recent research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost half of older adults remain active drivers while using seven or more prescription medications. More disturbing is the fact that almost 20 percent of those drivers may be using medications that are considered potentially inappropriate, meaning that their risks generally outweigh their benefits. Some of those, like benzodiazepines and older antihistamines, can cause driving impairment and may increase the risk of a crash by as much as 300 percent.

For service members, a DUI conviction has serious consequences

In Tennessee, the penalties for DUI can be harsh, even for first-time offenders. As we've discussed before, jail time, fines and a suspended license are just the beginning. You could miss work or even lose your job. You could lose your professional license or CDL. There are fees for testing your blood alcohol content and for reinstating your license once the suspension is over. If you want to drive, costly SR-22 insurance and interlock is required. And that's all for a first-time, uncomplicated DUI conviction.

Don't start the New Year with a DUI

The holidays are a time when families come together - and when impaired drivers hit the road. Tragically, countless drivers and passengers lose their lives every year between Christmas and New Year's. From 2012 to 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed an average of 300 fatalities to drunk driving. If you anticipate drinking this season, it is important to have a plan in place so that you and your loved ones get home safely and avoid a DUI.

10th Circuit upholds opening DUI prosecutions before tests ready

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Utah county's policy of initiating DUI prosecutions before the defendants' blood alcohol tests have returned from the lab. Although this decision doesn't directly affect Tennessee, our courts could easily rule the same way.

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