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What to Tell Your Attorney for a Successful DUI/DWI Defense

By admin on February 6, 2015

It’s commonly known that the punishments for a DUI/DWI conviction can be severe and limiting, which is why many people will explore their legal options when faced with this situation. For most, facing a DUI allegation will lead to their first experience with hiring a lawyer – and it can be a daunting experience. Everything you say and do, even if it seems unimportant, can make all the difference in your case. When meeting with your attorney, make sure you include the following:

The Absolute Truth

A common mistake that people make is to not be forthcoming with the truth of the situation to their own attorney. It’s important to understand that the attorney works for you, and their job is to persuade the court that they cannot convict you of the current charges without a reasonable doubt. They have your best interests in mind. So, withholding whatever the truth may be helps no one, including you. Your legal representative needs as much information as possible. Tell the truth about previous events, such as prior convictions, and other legal issues you may have had. The information you provide can alter your attorney’s approach to your case, which in turn can help you achieve a desirable result. Read the rest »

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Three Questions You Might Have If You Have to Install an Interlock Device on Your Car

By admin on February 2, 2015

Under Tennessee law, an “ignition interlock device (IID)” is usually required for all first time DUI convictions. These are devices that are hooked directly into your car’s ignition that will allow it to start, given a couple of requirements.

How Does It Work?

The electronic device is installed into the ignition of the car that requires the driver to provide a breath sample before the driver can start the vehicle. After this happens, the driver’s blood alcohol content (or BAC) will be calculated. If the BAC is greater than the allowed level, which in Tennessee is 0.02%, the car will not start, and the event will be logged in a report that will eventually be sent to the court. Additionally, random breath tests are required while the engine is on to ensure the sample provided was authentic and the driver is maintaining a safe minimum BAC. Read the rest »

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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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Dont Drink and Drive This Halloween

By admin on October 23, 2014

The Knoxville Police Department knows that on Halloween there will be children on our street and drunk drivers behind the wheel. Officers will be out in full force Halloween Day to deter drunk driving and hopefully prevent pedestrian accidents. During their efforts to protect trick-or-treaters from dangerous drivers, they will be searching for signs of intoxication. If you swerve, speed, run through a traffic light or behave erratically, there is a good chance that you will be pulled over and questioned.

If you are out and about this Halloween, is it important to remember that there will be police enforcement everywhere. You can expect saturation patrols in busy areas near bars and restaurants and even sobriety checkpoints near busy intersections. Therefore, it is in your best interest to call a cab or use a designated driver if you’ve been drinking. This is good advice every day of the year, but it especially important to follow on holidays like Halloween, Fourth of July, Labor Day and New Year’s Eve. This is when \ most drunk-driving accidents occur and when police officers typically make the most arrests. Read the rest »

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Interlock Ignition Devices and DUIs

By admin on October 6, 2014

Tennessee is one of many states that mandates the installation of ignition interlock devices for certain drunk driving offenders. These devices require the driver to take a breath test before starting the vehicle. Some even require an additional test while the car is running. If the driver fails the test, the engine will stop, thus preventing the driver from operating the vehicle.

In Tennessee, individuals convicted of DUI will face a license suspension. If the driver wishes to drive on a restricted license during the suspension, he or she may have to install an interlock device. Some repeat offenders are required by law to install a device and are not allowed to drive without one. Read the rest »

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Singer Lynn Anderson Charged with DUI

By admin on October 1, 2014

Lynn Anderson was one of the most successful country singers of the 1970s with hits like “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” After being involved in a Nashville car accident this month, she may also become known as someone arrested for DUI on multiple occasions. According to a news report in The Tennessean, Anderson admitted to drinking alcohol and taking prescription medication before the crash. WMCA Action News 5 reports that she was previously charged with a DUI in Denton, Texas back in 2004. She faces a November 20, 2014 court date and has publicly apologized for the incident.

Whenever someone in Tennessee is arrested for impaired driving, the court will review the circumstances of the case and the history of the driver. Even first time offenders in Tennessee face severe penalties for drunk driving. In cases involving drivers with a history of drunk driving, however, the court may decide to pursue the harshest punishments available by law to deter future incidents Read the rest »

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Tennessee and Alabama Officers Work Together to Enforce DUI Laws

By admin on August 25, 2014

Sheriffs’ offices across the state have teamed up with state police from Tennessee and Alabama to crack down on drunk driving. According to a WHNT news report, the goal of “Hands Across Borders” DUI campaign is to reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths to zero.

Leading up to Labor Day weekend, officers will focus on drunk drivers, motorists who are unbuckled and drivers who are distracted. Their crackdown will include the use of sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. An official with Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office has stated that high-visibility campaigns in the past have reduced impaired driving fatalities by 20 percent. The checkpoints and patrols are expected to lead to an increase in DUI arrests. Read the rest »

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The Cost of a DUI in Tennessee

By admin on August 13, 2014

Even first-time DUI offenders in Tennessee can face serious criminal penalties and financial losses. In addition to potential jail time and lengthy license suspensions, DUI convictions can prove very expensive. According to a recent news report in Nooga.com, DUI is one of the most expensive offenses because of the collateral consequences. Even one offense can cost thousands of dollars in fines and each subsequent conviction will cost more.

Blood alcohol tests
can cost about $250. Challenging the results of a blood alcohol test by calling experts to the stand in court can cost thousands of dollars. According to NerdWallet, the national average of insurance cost increase after a DUI conviction is about $850 a year. Furthermore, towing charges, license reinstatement fees and bail can all prove costly as well. According to a recent report in MSN Money, the total cost of a DUI conviction can reach about $10,000. Read the rest »

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Truck Driver Charged with DUI After Bordeaux Crash

By admin on July 21, 2014

A tractor-trailer driver sustained minor cuts and was arrested after his 18-wheeler rolled over near Nashville. According to a WKRN news report, the alleged DUI incident occurred on Briley Parkway near County Hospital Road in Bordeaux. Officials say he admitted to drinking vodka on the rocks before getting behind the wheel. He allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .24, which is six times the legal limit for commercial drivers. Before this rollover accident, the 55-year-old Arkansas driver had a clean record.

A DUI conviction can have a significant impact on the life of any driver, but it is particularly devastating for commercial drivers. Everyone who possesses a commercial drivers license (CDL) is held to a higher standard when behind the wheel. While the legal limit for drivers of passenger vehicles is .08 percent, the limit for commercial drivers in Tennessee is .04 percent. This means that commercial drivers can face harsh consequences if they operate a vehicle with even traces of alcohol in their system. Read the rest »

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