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Fighting Drunk Driving Charges in Tennessee

DUI is one of the few criminal offenses where conviction can depend solely on the opinion of law enforcement. Tennessee law does require, however, that the government prove beyond a reasonable doubt the accused was operating or in control of a motor vehicle, that they were driving on a public road, highway, or any other area generally frequented by the public, and that they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.

When facing drunk driving charges, you need a Clarksville DUI attorney with a track record of favorable results. Jeff Grimes & Associates, PLLC is ready to listen to the details of your case, advise you of the legal options available to you, and guide you through every step of the legal process.

Call (931) 398-5308 today to set up a confidential case evaluation with a DUI lawyer in Clarksville.

Understanding DUI Laws in Tennessee

Being charged with a DUI in Tennessee can have serious consequences, including fines, license suspension, and even jail time. It's important to understand the state's DUI laws and how they may apply to your specific situation. Our team of experienced DUI defense attorneys at Jeff Grimes & Associates, PLLC can provide you with the legal guidance and representation you need to navigate through the complexities of DUI charges in Tennessee.

Key aspects of Tennessee DUI laws include:

  • Legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limits
  • Penalties for first, second, and third DUI offenses
  • Factors that can lead to felony DUI charges
  • Possible defenses and strategies for DUI cases

Don't face DUI charges alone. Contact our Clarksville DUI lawyers today for personalized legal assistance tailored to your unique circumstances.

What are the Penalties for Drunk Driving in Tennessee?

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious criminal offense. In Tennessee, the DUI laws are extremely tough with regard to the penalties imposed on those who are convicted.

1st Offense DUI in TN

A first offense DUI conviction can mean penalties of:

  • Up to 11-months and 29-days in jail (48-hours minimum)
  • Revoked license for 1-year
  • Mandatory DUI school
  • $350-$1,500 fine as well as paying restitution for any injuries
  • Possible drug and alcohol treatment at the judge's discretion

2nd Offense DUI in TN

After two convictions within 5-years, you may face penalties including:

  • Up to 11-months and 29-days in jail (45-days minimum)
  • Revoked license for 2-years
  • Mandatory DUI school
  • Paying restitution to anyone who suffered injuries or loss as a result of DUI
  • $600-$3,500 fine
  • Possible vehicle forfeiture
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device for 6-months

3rd Offense DUI in TN

After three convictions within 10-years, possible penalties include:

  • Up to 11-months and 29-days in jail (120-days minimum)
  • Revoked license for 3 to 10-years
  • Mandatory DUI school
  • $1,100-$10,000 fine as well as possible restitution costs
  • Possible vehicle forfeiture
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device during suspension as well as 6-months after driving privileges are reinstated

When is a DUI Considered a Felony in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd DUI conviction are all considered misdemeanors with varying levels of jail time, fines and other penalties. However, a fourth or subsequent charge of drunk driving is charged as a Class E Felony.

Can DUI Charges be Dismissed or Reduced in TN?

In Tennessee, it is possible for DUI charges to be dismissed, but it depends on the specific circumstances of the case and the decisions made by the prosecution and the courts. For example, if there are problems with the way that evidence was collected or if there are questions about the legality of a traffic stop, the charges may be dismissed.

Additionally, if the prosecution determines that there is insufficient evidence to pursue the case, they may choose to dismiss the charges. However, DUI charges are serious, and the prosecution is generally motivated to pursue them. For something this important, it is highly recommended to hire a good DUI lawyer to work on your case. To set up a consultation, give us a call today.

DUI Defense Attorney Serving Clarksville & Surrounding Areas

Jeff Grimes & Associates, PLLC are criminal defense attorneys representing clients in the Clarksville and Montgomery County, Tennessee areas who have been arrested for or are facing DUI charges. It is important for drivers to remember that even if they have taken a breath test or blood test which showed their blood alcohol concentration to be .08% or higher, they do have legal options.

The most important factor when facing criminal accusations of DUI is to secure high quality legal counsel. The Clarksville DUI defense attorneys at our firm will take the time to thoroughly review your case, how the arrest took place, how the breath or blood tests were administered, as well all other evidence that led to the criminal charges of DUI. We are here to represent you, to protect your best interests, and to determine the best legal options to pursue.

Don't wait. Contact us today to start building your defense with an experienced DUI lawyer in Clarksville.

Hear From Our Happy Clients

Reviews & Testimonials

At Jeff Grimes & Associates, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    “They exceeded my expectations and got me everything I needed.”

    I hired their law firm for a legal case and not only were they highly professional but always courteous and respectful. They exceeded my expectations and got me everything I needed. If I ever need legal services again I will definitely be choosing them in the future.

    - Lisa S.
    “HONEST, LOYAL, AND DEDICATED this firm gets 5 stars.”

    If you need legal counsel then I highly recommend you make an appointment with this firm. Mr. Sensing was my attorney and is very dedicated to his clients going to great lengths to provide the very best defense possible. Stays in touch with his clients always bringing them up to speed on what is being done in their case providing copies of everything to the client. HONEST, LOYAL, AND DEDICATED this firm gets 5 stars.

    - Brad H.
    “I can honestly say I was not disappointed.”

    I took a trip out to TN and got in to some trouble in Clarksville and needed representation for a case while I was I back in my home state. I went to Grimes, Sensing & Clemons feeling distraught and like I had no hope, seeking a solid defense attorney that would actually fight for my case and get me the best possible deal. I left feeling comfortable and confident. I can honestly say I was not disappointed, the only time I needed to come back to TN was for the sentencing(mind you cases may differ) and unbelievably Jeffery Grimes was able to pull a rabbit out of a hat and get a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor as well as talk down the court fines... I strongly suggest Jeffery Grimes as your defense attorney for any legal issues you may have, also their fees are very reasonable and they will do payment plans. Thank you very much Grimes, Sensing and Clemons.

    - Spence W.
    “Thank you for helping me I know it’s your job but the peace of mind you gave me is priceless.”

    Thank you so much Grimes, Sensing & Clemons PLLC!! I've been working with them for months and I couldn't be happier. Grimes helped with all of the little details I didn't even know I needed. He is always friendly and ready to answer all of my questions. Your attention to my case has allowed me to focus on what's important to me, healing and family. Thank you for helping me I know it’s your job but the peace of mind you gave me is priceless. Thanks again! ~ YC

    - Satisfied Client
    “The outcome for my request was better than I could have hoped for.”

    I hired Mr Sensing to assist me with the modification of a parenting plan that just wasn’t working anymore. I hired another lawyer in the Clarksville area that did not do their due diligence. Mr Sensing and his team were great throughout the process. Emails and phone calls were actually returned in a timely manner! Which wasn’t the case with the lawyer I used before. I had access to all my court documents and was always kept informed on what was going on with my case. Lastly Mr Sensing is very experienced and knowledgeable in his field. The outcome for my request was better than I could have hoped for, and I honestly feel like that was due to Mr Sensing.

    - Toni M.
    “Best defense lawyer you could ask for.”

    Grimes is the best defense lawyer you could ask for. He was able to take what would generally be a felony for sure and get it down to a misdemeanor and a fine. If you have him as your lawyer, you won't have anything to worry about.

    - Dennis H.
    “Very professional and fairly priced!”

    Mr.Grimes made my case go very smoothly and easily for me I was out of state for a good part of it he went out of his way to let me know if something changed and he was always very professional and fairly priced! I would recommend him a thousand times over!!

    - David L.
    “Fought with me the whole 2 years my case took for me to get the time with my son I’ve always wanted.”

    Mr. Sensing is an excellent attorney. He fought with me the whole 2 years my case took for me to get the time with my son I’ve always wanted. I will definitely recommend his services to anyone and I will be going back to him if I have any issues in the future. Also Pat and Amy are awesome!!

    - Satisfied Client

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