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Tennessee Supreme Court reaches decision in DUI fee case

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.

What is child endangerment DUI and what are the penalties?

In Tennessee, the crime of child endangerment includes driving under the influence with a passenger under 18 in the car. You could find yourself facing serious penalties for a DUI if there was a child passenger in the car, even if the child was not injured. A child's injury or death makes a DUI a felony.

U.S. Supreme Court to address question of warrantless blood tests

Over the past months we have discussed Tennessee's new "No Refusal" policy throughout several posts. If police suspect a driver of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, and the driver refuses to submit to a blood alcohol content (BAC) test, the law gives police the ability to request a search warrant to force the suspect to be tested.

First-time Tennessee DUI offenders face lifetime of consequences

A recent opinion piece in The Tennessean expressed frustration about the severity of Tennessee's treatment of first-time DUI offenders. The concerns expressed are likely shared by many in the state who feel people deserve a second chance after making a mistake.

Tennessee Safety Commissioner Said DUI Laws Need Streamlining

This past Tuesday, Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons advocated for streamlining the state's lengthy DUI laws. He explained that since lawmakers have routinely added to the laws throughout the past years, the result has been an overly complex patchwork of laws pertaining to Tennessee DUI offenses.

"No Refusal" DUI Enforcement Efforts Over Labor Day

Increased DUI enforcement efforts in Tennessee took place over this past Labor Day weekend. The Governor's Highway Safety Office (GHSO) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol worked together to coordinate the campaign in conjunction with state and local law enforcement.

Feds Push for More Ignition Interlocks in DUI Cases

Several months ago, we discuss how an insurance group was advocating for wider use of ignition interlocks in DUI cases. Now federal officials have gotten involved in the issue, and are trying to entice states to adopt laws requiring even first-time drunk driving offenders to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles.

Tennessee's DUI Law: More Than Automobiles and Alcohol

When most people think of a DUI they think of a person driving a car under the influence of alcohol. Tennessee's DUI law, however, encompasses many more activities besides driving an automobile after drinking. A Tennessee man recently learned this the hard way.

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