Tennessee has very strict laws against driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol while driving. Below are five facts Nashville car accident lawyers want you to know.
- First, you can be charged with a DUI with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08. If you are under the age of 21, you can be charged with a BAC of 0.02. If you operate a vehicle with a commercial license, you can be charged with a BAC of 0.04.
- Second, penalties are severe. For a first offense, you can receive a fine of up to $350 to $1,500 and a jail sentence of from 48 hours up to 11 months. Your license may be suspended for up to a year, and an ignition interlock device (IID), which will not allow the car to turn on if alcohol is sensed, is mandatory.
- Third, for a second offense, the penalties rise steeply. The fine imposed may be from $600 to $3,500. A jail term imposed by the court may be from 45 days up to one year. An IID is mandatory here as well. Your license may be suspended for two years.
- Fourth, for a third offense, the penalties are even higher. Fines rise to $1,100 to $10,000. The jail sentence may be from 120 days to one year. A license suspension may be from three to ten years. An IID continues to be mandatory.
- Fifth, if you are convicted of a DUI in Tennessee, it remains on your record for 10 years. This decade, known as a look-back period, means that your sentence if you are convicted for DUI after a first conviction will be imposed as a second-time offender charge, even if the first conviction was 8 or 9 years prior.