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Avoiding a DUI Arrest in Knoxville this Thanksgiving

By admin on November 24, 2014

Tennessee State troopers know that the vast majority of drivers on Thanksgiving are either on their way to or from a celebration where there is alcohol. Each Fourth of July, Labor Day, New Years Eve, and Thanksgiving, local and state police are out in force to arrest drunk drivers. You may have noticed red ribbons on Tennessee Highway Patrol vehicles during the holidays last year. That was part of their “Tie One On for Safety” campaign to stop drunk driving last holiday season. This year, you may not see red ribbons, but you will see officers patrolling the city streets at all hours of the day and night.

What should you expect this Thanksgiving? Officers will be out in force looking for signs of intoxication. Over the 96-hour Labor Day holiday period this year, the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 56 individuals on suspicion of impaired driving in just nine counties. Over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend in 2012, Tennessee state troopers issued 625 citations including 17 DUIs just in Washington County. Read the rest »

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DUI Penalties in Knoxville

By admin on November 10, 2014

Drunk driving offenses in Knoxville are classified as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the severity of the incident. Even though misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, the penalties for a misdemeanor DUI can be quite severe. Every case is different, but in general, DUI penalties in Knoxville include mandatory jail time, heavy fines and a lengthy license suspension. Furthermore, a conviction can have long-lasting financial, social and professional consequences.

First-time DUI offenders in Knoxville will face a mandatory minimum of 48 hours of jail time, a fine between $350 and $1,500, 24 hours of roadside litter pick-up, a $100 DUI assessment, a $250 blood alcohol or drug concentration test fee and a year-long license revocation. It is at the judge’s discretion if the first-time offender will also have to install an interlock device, enter a rehabilitation program and perform community service. Read the rest »

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