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How a DUI Conviction Could Impact You

Posted on in DUI/DWI

Jacksboro TN DUI defense attorneyHere in the state of Tennessee, there have been dozens of initiatives designed to reduce the number of inebriated drivers on the roads. From heightened criminal punishment to increases in highway surveillance, law enforcement officials and prosecutors are taking drunk driving incredibly seriously throughout the state. According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, over 7,300 people were arrested on DUI charges statewide throughout 2017. If you have been arrested on DUI charges, it is critically important to seek out legal assistance as soon as possible. 

Punishment for a DUI Conviction

Due to the high potential for fatal car accidents when a driver is inebriated, the state of Tennessee punishes drunk drivers more harshly than the vast majority of states. Even a first-time DUI offender will face a minimum of two full days in jail and fines of at least $350. Without quality legal representation, a first-time DUI offender could be subjected to a jail sentence of up to one year, one year of license revocation, and potential fines as high as $1,500. 

A second or third DUI conviction carries the same maximum prison sentence but comes with higher fines and much longer periods of driver’s license revocation. If you have been convicted of a fourth DUI, you will face felony charges and a minimum of one year in jail. More severe criminal punishment can be placed on those who are convicted of vehicular assault, vehicular homicide, or aggravated vehicular homicide. 

How a Quality Legal Team Can Help 

If you are facing a DUI conviction, you may feel hopeless about your case, but an experienced legal team can help you immensely. A qualified attorney can explore options such as challenging the validity of the arrest by examining the actions of the officer that pulled you over or revisiting the testing procedures used to measure blood alcohol content. A high caliber legal team can also assist you in gaining back your driving privileges as soon as possible.   

Contact a Jacksboro DUI Defense Lawyer 

At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we are firmly committed to aggressively fighting for the rights of our clients. Tennessee is home to some of the strictest drunk driving laws in the country, and if you have been arrested on DUI charges, you need an attorney that you can believe in. With years of experience working in criminal law, our team is confident in our ability to provide you with the defense you need. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County criminal defense attorney, call us today at 423-449-7980. 

Sources

https://www.tn.gov/safety/news/2018/1/3/-tennessee-highway-patrol-announces-traffic-enforcement-plan-during-new-year-s-eve-holiday-period.html

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