The public tends to be hard on anyone who is merely suspected of drunk driving, even if that person has served his community. In February, a former deputy from Rutherford County, Tennessee, was pulled over and charged with DUI. Since his arrest, he has been rehired within his county, a move that some are challenging due to the drunk driving charge.
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.
A Tennessee law going into effect on July 1st will give many people the opportunity for a fresh start. The law gives those convicted of certain low level crimes the opportunity to get their criminal records expunged, and allows for the removal of those convictions from the public record.