Knoxville DUI Defense Lawyers

Drunk Driving

A DUI charge can have a profound effect on your life. Most DUI (driving under the influence) cases are first offenses. Our DUI defense lawyers understand the dramatic and unexpected turn your life can take when charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI). Serving Knoxville and Sevierville, Tennessee, the attorneys at the offices of DUI lawyer Joseph A. Baker treat each client with respect and compassion while providing comprehensive representation to resolve your case favorably and in a quick and efficient manner.

The complexities of DUI cases are vast and the consequences serious. Individuals may be arrested, have their license suspended, have their vehicles impounded, and even go to jail. A successful resolution of their case relies on having a highly skilled attorney with the ability to construct an effective DUI defense. A lawyer in our offices will first assess your case at a complimentary consultation and then give you a realistic assessment of the merits of your case. If our office accepts your case and assigns you to a Knoxville DUI attorney, you can rest assured that you will have the best legal representation possible.

By investigating issues such as the validity of field sobriety tests and witness credibility, Baker Associates matches Tennessee's investigative power with our DUI lawyer's own, often finding flaws and weaknesses in the government's case.

DUI Convictions

In recent years punishment for DUI has become harsher. It is essential to retain an attorney who will defend and protect your rights with vigor and determination. Below are the likely sentences for a DUI conviction.

First Offense

A first DUI offense can result in a possible sentence of 11 months and 29 days to a minimum sentence of 24 hours in jail for those over 21-years-of-age, 48 hour in jail for those between 18 and 21-years-old, or a minimum of 7 days in jail if the accused was tested to have a blood alcohol level of .20 percent or higher. Also included in a first DUI conviction in TN is 24 hours of mandatory litter pick-up, probation, license suspension, DUI school, and a minimum $350 dollar fine. Our DUI defense lawyers will fight to see that your rights are protected.

Second Offense

A second DUI offense is also followed by a possible sentence of 11 months and 29 days to a minimum of 45 days in jail, probation, alcohol and drug assessment, DUI school, license suspension, and a minimum of $600 in fines. An in-patient rehabilitation program of up to 28 days of any sentenced jail time may also be ordered. The lawyer you choose is one of the most important decisions you can make in protecting your quality of life when accused of a DUI.

Third Offense

On a third DUI offense the possibility of 11 months and 29 days in jail still applies. However, on a third conviction a minimum of 120 days in jail and a minimum fine of $1,100 is applied. Alcohol and drug assessment, probation, DUI school, and a 3 year license suspension are also required. If you are in need of a DUI lawyer, the law offices of Baker Associates will fight for your rights with conviction.

Know Your Rights – DUI Defense Tips

Knowledge is a valuable tool when defending your rights. If you are charged with a DUI, your rights include, but are not limited to:

Joseph A. Baker and the Sevierville criminal defense attorneys at Baker Associates are experienced DUI lawyers who have represented DUI clients under almost every imaginable set of circumstances. If you are in need of an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer, the lawyers at Baker Associates can help. We are experienced and highly qualified in drafting effective trial and pre-trial motions, investigating the circumstance behind a case, witness preparation, and jury selection. The subtle politics, predispositions of different prosecutors and judges, and the success rates of certain arguments are all important elements of a DUI case that require vast experience on the part of your defense lawyer. At the law offices of Baker Associates, our lawyers have the experience required to provide outstanding representation and keep clients well informed about their case so they can be an effective member of their defense team.

Count on a DUI lawyer at Baker Associates to provide you with the best counsel available. Schedule a free consultation with a Knoxville criminal defense attorney at one of our offices near Pigeon Forge today.

Tennessee DUI Law

Tennessee Code Annotated 55-10-401

Driving under the influence of intoxicant, drug or drug producing stimulant prohibited - Alcohol concentration in blood or breath.

(a) It is unlawful for any person to drive or to be in physical control of any automobile or other motor driven vehicle on any of the public roads and highways of the state, or on any streets or alleys, or while on the premises of any shopping center, trailer park or any apartment house complex, or any other premises which is generally frequented by the public at large, while:

(1) Under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, narcotic drug, or drug producing stimulating effects on the central nervous system; or

(2) The alcohol concentration in such person's blood or breath is eight-hundredths of one percent (.08 %) or more.

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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
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Washington County
300 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Johnson City Criminal Defense Lawyer Disclaimer: The DUI, drunk driving, driving under the influence, criminal defense, or other legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact an attorney at our law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of TN.


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