People generally assume that prosecutors bring drunk driving charges based on some amount of evidence. Whether that evidence is valid or sufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is a matter for a court to decide, and every defendant has a right to challenge the prosecution's evidence. After all, police and prosecutors do make mistakes, and no one should be penalized with fines or jail time based on false allegations.
When a Tennessee state police trooper or a local police or sheriff's deputy pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence, you don't expect special treatment. You hope the law enforcement officer treats you fairly, and that you aren't singled-out for something more unpleasant, such as abuse or manipulation by the officer.
For most people, a DUI charge in Tennessee may be their first encounter with the criminal justice system. While the penalties for a DUI vary, depending on whether you have had any prior DUI convictions, even a first time offense can be very unpleasant.
Last weekend marked the beginning of the summer driving season, and it represents the beginning of increased enforcement by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce the number of highway deaths and serious injuries.
There was a time when having a few drinks before getting in a vehicle was not seen as alarming behavior. There was even a saying, used as people would leave a bar or party, that they would have "One for the road."
Drunk driving is dangerous, both to the driver and to other motorist in the vicinity. And we all know how campaigns against drunk driving have worked to steadily increase the severity of the punishment for drivers who have been arrested and convicted of a DUI. A recent arrest of a man in Rutherford County, Tennessee highlights the penalties that drivers who are convicted of a DUI charges may face.
This week the Chattanooga Police Department has announced that it will be increasing traffic enforcement for the rest of this year and into 2015. The department has received a grant from Governor's Highway Safety Office with a goal of improving traffic safety by reducing the number of serious crashes, traffic deaths and DUI offenders.
Someone who is convicted of DUI in Tennessee is required to pay at least a $250 fine. While convicted offenders and their families might feel that financial pinch, maybe they don't think about where that money is going to.
A common fear among the public is that, if they get arrested and convicted of a crime in Tennessee, they will go to prison. Whether incarceration is a real threat depends on the criminal charge and case.