People who drive a car or other motor vehicle with a certain amount of alcohol in their system in the state of Tennessee are typically charged with a DUI, which stands for “Driving under the Influence.” Depending on the nature of the offense and your history, a DUI charge can be very serious. If you have been charged with a DUI, seeking counsel from a qualified Franklin DUI Lawyer is essential.
Tennessee DUI Law
If you are convicted of a DUI in Tennessee, you could face a number of penalties. These penalties vary according to the number of DUI charges you have had in the past. Penalties may also be more serious if you caused injury or property damage while operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. In general, penalties for DUI convictions are as follows:
- 1st Offense – Up to 12 months in jail, license revocation for up to one year and a fine of up to $1,500.
- 2nd Offense – Up to 12 months in jail, license revocation for up to two years and a fine of up to $3,500.
- 3rd Offense – Up to 12 months in jail, license revocation for up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- 4th Offense – Up to 12 months in jail, license revocation for eight years and a fine of up to $15,000.
Any offender who is convicted may also be required to pay restitution, complete a treatment program and/or install an Ignition Interlock Device in his or her vehicle.
Hiring a Franklin DUI Lawyer
If you have been charged with a DUI in Franklin, you need an attorney on your side who has experience in this practice area. Attorney John P. Cauley has been practicing law in Nashville, Franklin, Centerville and the surrounding area since 1994. He understands how the laws regarding DUIs in Tennessee work, and he can help you defend yourself in court.
Whether this is your first DUI charge or your fourth, Attorney John P. Cauley will do everything in his power to ensure that your case has the best possible outcome. To discuss your situation in detail or learn more about Attorney Cauley’s services, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.