Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Tennessee:
Implied Consent and Chemical Test Refusal: Not submitting to a police officer's request for a chemical BAC test after he stops you while you are driving a motor vehicle results in the suspension of your driver's license for one year in Tennessee. You will have broken Tennessee Implied Consent Law which assumes that by driving in Tennessee you have implicitly consented to submit to a BAC test, by blood, breath, or urine, if an officer has reason to believe you have been drinking. If you find yourself in this situation, or if you are arrested for a DUI in Tennessee, notify and get advice from a Tennessee DUI attorney. An attorney who specializes in DUI law in Tennessee will help you prepare your defense to DUI charges, a process that can be challenging and complicated.
DUI Arrest - Civil Case
DUI Arrest - Criminal Charges
Because criminal charges for DUI in Tennessee can be complex and carry significant penalties, it is advisable to contact a Tennessee criminal defense attorney.
Potential Criminal Consequences The first, second, and third times you are convicted of a DUI, your actions will be considered misdemeanors. Your fourth Tennessee DUI conviction will be considered a Class E felony. If you are convicted for a DUI that has caused serious injury to someone, your DUI is classified as a Class D felony. In addition, your DUI is a Class A felony if you have two or more prior DUI convictions, vehicular assault convictions, prior vehicular homicide convictions, or a BAC of. 20% or more at the time you commit a vehicular homicide, if you have a prior DUI or vehicular assault charge.
Reinstating Your License After DUI Conviction: Following your license suspension, you can attempt to reinstate your driving privileges by mail, in person at a Tennessee Reinstatement Office, or online. Expect to pay a reinstatement fee and offer proof of SR-22 insurance as well.
Effect of DUI on Car Insurance: Tennessee requires that you demonstrate financial responsibility by carrying liability insurance. After a drunk driving conviction in Tennessee, you must file a SR-22 form as proof of future financial responsibility. Contact an insurance company to file the form with the Tennessee Department of Commerce. You may be required to maintain SR-22 insurance for up to five years from the date your license was suspended. Please be aware that your car insurance premiums will significantly increase after a DUI conviction.
Effect of DUI on Driving Record: Tennessee DUIs stay on your driver's license for life.
Under 21 and DUI: Expect to have your driver's license suspended, or to pay a fine if you are under the age of 21, have a BAC of .02% or greater, and are driving. This is a violation of Tennessee's Zero Tolerance Law. Speaking with a Tennessee DUI attorney will provide you with valuable information on this matter.
Tennessee Department of Safety
Tennessee Department of Revenue
Tennessee DUI Statutes
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