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Tennessee DUI Information

In Tennessee, anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08%, or greater, is considered to be DUI.  First time offenders will be subject to a minimum of 48 hours and up to 12 months imprisonment, along with a minimum fine of $350.00.  In lieu of incarceration, first time offenders may be ordered to serve community service at the discretion of the court.

First time offenders can expect to receive a license suspension for up to 1 year.  Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test, on the other hand, will face an additional license suspension of 12 months.  If the DUI incident involved a crash that resulted in bodily harm, the offender will face a 24 month suspension.  In the most extreme cases, where a crash resulted in the death of another individual, the offender will face a license suspension of up to 5 years and a number of other penalties, including a possible felony charge.

Tennessee offenders may be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary.  In some cases, a restricted license may be issued if the offender does not have a prior DUI or other suspensions in his/her driving record.  This type of license will allow the offender to drive to and from certain places, including work, school, medical appointments and/or treatment programs.

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol content of .02% or greater, will be subject to license revocation for a period of 1 year, a fine of up to $250.00 and community service.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.





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