Rutherford County TN DUI Defense Lawyers

Middle Tennessee drunk driving lawyers that help

In movies and television shows, when police officers make an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI), the process is often portrayed as simple and straightforward. In reality, however, that is hardly the case. There are many factors that can influence a DUI arrest and it is important to know your rights and understand how the DUI laws work, particularly if you have been charged. The Rutherford County Tennessee DUI defense team at Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at Law has vast knowledge of DUI law and years of trial experience fighting for those unjustly accused.

What is a DUI charge in Tennessee?

DUI stands for “driving under the influence”. The charge of DUI is based on a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more. Each state has its own set of laws regarding DUI, as well as the associated penalties. In Rutherford County Tennessee, there are additional penalties for a blood alcohol concentration that is above 0.20. Tennessee also has what is called a “zero tolerance” policy for those under the drinking age of 21 years old: those individuals found with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.02 can be charged with DUI.

If you are pulled over by a police officer, you may be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. You are not required to submit to this test in the state of Tennessee. And there is no legal penalty for refusing to submit. But under the law, the police officer does not have to inform you that you have the right to refuse this test. So, it is important that you know your rights under the law.

Factors that can influence a DUI arrest in Rutherford County

Oftentimes, DUI arrests involve one or more factors that question the validity of the arrest. Some of these variables may include:

  • Errors in determining “probable “cause”
  • Erratic driving due to dangerous roads or weather
  • Influence of driver fatigue or distracted driving on driving performance
  • Influence of pre-existing medical conditions
  • Malfunctioning Breathalyzer equipment
  • Inaccurate blood test results
  • Illegal search
  • Statutes of limitations

Facing DUI charges in Rutherford County? Contact our savvy Tennessee DUI lawyers today

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, immediately secure experienced legal counsel to handle your case. Our knowledgeable Tennessee DUI defense lawyers have years of experience aggressively fighting DUI charges on behalf of clients. Our lawyers handle each case personally, starting with thoroughly investigating the charges against you, securing evidence, negotiating with prosecutors, and litigating in court if necessary. Contact our office today at 615-890-1982 or online to discuss your case or schedule a free consultation. We are available to meet you immediately after arrest at either a police station or jail if necessary.