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Additional DUI Penalties in Tennessee

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In some cases, those convicted of driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol in Tennessee may face subsequent penalties in addition to the standard penalties associated with first, second, third, and fourth offenses. The judge may order these additional DUI penalties in cases where an offender has acted particularly recklessly.

If you are facing additional penalties for DUI in Tennessee, you need an aggressive legal advocate on your side; you need Attorney David Ridings. With more than 21 years of legal experience and over a decade of experience in law enforcement, Attorney Ridings understands how the process works from all sides. He knows what is at stake and is prepared to fight for you and your rights.

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Penalties for Drivers with a Child in the Car

Like many other states, Tennessee has harsher punishments for drivers who are stopped or arrested for DUI while there is a child under the age of 18 in the car.

Additional penalties for drivers who commit DUI offenses with a minor child in the vehicle include:

  • Minimum jail sentence of 30 days
  • Minimum fine of $1000

If there is a child under 18 in the car when the driver committed the offense, the driver is subject to these penalties, even if the offense would otherwise be punished less severely.

Source: Tennessee Code Title 55 (Motor and Other Vehicles) 55-10-403(a), 55-10-403(s)

Probation & Community Service

After the driver serves his/her minimum jail sentence, the court may place him/her on probation. While on probation, the driver may be required to collect litter on public lands while wearing a brightly colored vest which clearly states, “I am a drunk driver.”

Tennessee DUI/DWI Vehicle Seizure & Forfeiture

If a driver commits at least two DUI offenses within five years and they are both more recent than 1997, the vehicle that the driver was driving at the time of the offense is subject to seizure by the police department to be sold at auction by the state.

Source: Tennessee Code Title 55 (Motor and Other Vehicles) 55-10-403(k)

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If you are facing additional DUI penalties, your freedom is at stake. You could lose your ability to drive and may even lose your vehicle. It is crucial that you contact an experienced Nashville DUI lawyer as soon as possible. At our firm, we offer an in-depth knowledge of the legal system gained from more than two decades of law enforcement, prosecution, and defense experience. We know the DUI process from every angle, and we are prepared to help you protect your rights. Attorney Ridings can help you strive for the best possible outcome for your case.

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