Tennessee DUI Law
In the state of Tennessee, DUI law makes driving while under the influence of alcohol a criminal offense. This means that a person who breaks the law may be arrested, may need to go to trial and may face criminal penalties including fines, jail time and the loss of a driver's license.
In addition to the criminal proceedings, you can be subject to administrative proceedings from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You can lose your license automatically if you break Tennessee DUI law, unless you object and argue against license suspension in a timely manner.
With your driver's license, your money and your freedom at stake, it is important to contact a Nashville DUI lawyer as soon as possible after you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated.
When Are You in Violation of TN DUI Law?
Tennessee DUI law establishes four situations in which a person can be arrested for driving while impaired. These situations include:
- When your blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds .08. You are required to submit to a blood alcohol content test if police have reasonable suspicion that you have violated Tennessee DUI law. Your blood alcohol content may be measured by a blood test or by a breath test.
- When you are under the influence of alcohol. You do not always have to have a BAC above .08 in order to be charged with DUI. The key is whether you are impaired or not. In addition, young people, who are subject to zero tolerance laws and commercial drivers have lower permissible blood alcohol content.
- When you are under the influence of drugs, including prescription or legal drugs. It can be more challenging for police to make a case for drugged driving because there is no clear baseline standard similar to a .08 DUI. Further, some drugs stay in your system for a long time after you have used them, so drugs in your blood stream do not necessarily mean you are high.
- When you are under the combined influence of drugs or alcohol.
To be charged with DUI for any of these behaviors, you must have been in physical control of a motor vehicle and you must have been travelling on a public road at the time when you were driving while impaired.
How a TN DUI Lawyer Can Help
When you are arrested for DUI, you have a limited time in which to take action to prevent an automatic suspension of your driver's license. A TN lawyer who specializes in DUI law can help you communicate with the DMV so you don't lose your right to drive.
Additionally, it is important that you respond to the criminal charges that you face, so you can do everything possible to avoid conviction and the serious penalties that come with it. A Nashville DUI lawyer will evaluate your case and help you to determine the best way to proceed with your case.
Nashville DUI lawyer Lee Martin has focused his career on representing drivers accused of drunk driving. Call us today to learn how we can put our legal experience to work for you.