Between 6,000 and 7,000 arrests are made for driving under the influence (DUI) in Tennessee each year.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Tennessee, you might wonder if you should fight it or just deal with the consequences. A DUI is not a legal matter you should handle on your own. After all, a drunk driving conviction can result in more than just a sentence and a fine. It can put stress on your personal relationships and cause financial stress if you lose your job or end up having to pay higher insurance premiums. It also gives you a criminal record that will follow you for life.
Unlike many other states, Tennessee allows plea bargaining in DUI arrests. That makes retaining a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney a wise decision.
If you have been arrested for a DUI, time is of the essence. Let me get started on your defense and help you restore your life. At the Law Offices of Fisher Wise, I provide clients arrested for DUI in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas with aggressive DUI defense.
DUI Charges in Tennessee
The threshold for blood alcohol content (BAC) in Tennessee is 0.08% for noncommercial drivers and 0.04% for commercial vehicle operators. The state has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drivers. It takes a BAC of only 0.02% for a DUI conviction. These thresholds are enough for a “DUI per se” conviction, even if there is no proof of impairment.
You can also be convicted for being “under the influence” of other intoxicants, including marijuana, drugs, controlled substances, or any other substance that can potentially impair your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Drivers under Tennessee law give “implied consent” to submitting to a breathalyzer test if arrested lawfully for a DUI. Failure to submit results in automatic suspension of your driver’s license.