Murfreesboro DUI Attorneys Provide Creative Defense Strategies
Defending the rights of those facing drunk driving charges for more than four decades
DUI convictions result in a myriad of consequences that negatively affect your personal and professional life. The possibility of jail time, stiff fines, suspension or revocation of driving privileges, having to depend on public transportation and damage to your reputation are just a few of the penalties courts impose for drunk driving offenses. At the law firm of Dotson & Taylor, our Murfreesboro DUI attorneys are committed to helping you avoid these outcomes. We thoroughly investigate the charges against you and make sure the court hears every piece of evidence. When facing a DUI charge, trust our more than 40 years of knowledge and experience to see you through.
Understanding Tennessee’s DUI laws and penalties
Driving under the influence, (DUI) charges are not restricted to just alcohol impairment. Driving under the influence of any intoxicant including controlled substances, marijuana,prescription medications, substances that affect the central nervous system or any combination may result in DUI charges. Any person with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher, or .04% for commercial drivers, may be arrested. The severity of penalties for DUI is dependent on the number of prior DUI convictions on your record. Potential sentences include:
First offense – at least 48 hours in jail, 24 hours of community service, license revocation for one year and $350-$1,500 in fines.
Second offense – at least 45 days in jail, participation in a substance abuse program, license revoked for two years and $600-$3,500 in fines.
Third offense – at least 120 days in jail, participation in a substance abuse program, license revocation for 6-10 years and $1,100-$10,000 in fines.
Fourth and subsequent offenses – Class E felony, one year in jail with at least 150 consecutive days served, license revocation for eight years and $3,000-$15,000 in fines.
Aggravated DUI charges result if your BAC is .20% or higher and enhanced penalties such as increased jail time and fines are also triggered. Tennessee also utilizes Ignition Interlock Devices that require drivers to submit to a breathalyzer test before starting a vehicle. Ignition Interlock Devices may be ordered in any DUI case, but are required if you have two or more DUI convictions within five years.
Our comprehensive defense strategies are your best chance for a favorable outcome
DUI cases must be analyzed from many different angles to ensure that all the evidence is considered and presented to the court. We utilize a variety of methods to defend you against DUI charges including:
– Questioning an officer’s probable cause to stop you
– Investigation into road and weather conditions at the time of your arrest and any pre-existing medical conditions you may have
– Careful examination of all police procedures, including validity of field sobriety, blood and breath test results and analysis of police dash cam videos.
– Representation at all hearings
– Protecting your rights in cases of driving while your license was suspended or revoked, CDL (commercial driver’s license) status and DUI injury accidents
Our Murfreesboro DUI attorneys personally handle your case from start to finish and do not pass off legal matters to paralegals or associates. We have the one-on-one personal service you need and the quality representation you deserve when you are facing a DUI charge.
Contact Murfreesboro’s top DUI defense attorneys for tenacious advocacy
At the law firm of Dotson & Taylor, our Murfreesboro DUI attorneys understand that facing a DUI charge is frightening and a DUI conviction can change your life. Our DUI attorneys offer aggressive DUI defense representation. We always respond promptly to emails and phone calls and will meet clients at the police station or detention facilities if necessary. Contact us online or call 615-890-1982 to discuss your case and schedule a free initial consultation. Our office is centrally located downtown near the courthouse. We accept all major credit cards for your convenience.