In an earlier post, we told you about a case our attorneys had spent years litigating that challenged the constitutionality of a fee arrangement associated with statewide DUI convictions. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) was receiving a $250 fee for every successful DUI prosecution involving blood or breath test evidence.
One of the most complicated aspects of Tennessee's DUI laws are the implied consent laws. Anyone who is investigated for suspicion of driving under the influence will come face to face with the question of whether to submit to certain chemical tests.
It doesn't take much to start a whole cascade of penalties when Chattanooga authorities suspect someone of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Even before a charge is filed or conviction obtained, there are consequences. To avoid or minimize the fallout from DUI-related charges, it's crucial to speak with experienced legal counsel. It's worth the cost, especially if the initial consultation is free.
The definition of perfect usually suggests something positive. Perfection is something to strive for, but in the context of the phrase "The Perfect Storm," nothing could be further from the norm.
Every state has some form of implied consent law on the books. These are laws that say that anyone applying for and receiving a driver's license agrees to submit to a blood alcohol content (BAC) test when requested by police.
For most Tennessee drivers, there are few things as scary as being pulled over by the police and being asked to submit to a breath test. If you've been drinking, even a little bit, you have no idea what the result might be. Even if you haven't been drinking, if the device the officer uses hasn't been properly calibrated, it could give a positive reading. From there, things are likely only to get worse.
The consequences of a DUI can be far reaching. For many people, being pulled over by the Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper or a Chattanooga Police officer is frightening.