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Court May Not Revoke a Driver's License for DUI

Revocation of a driver's license is one of the mandatory statutory penalties in Tennessee for committing a first offense DUI. However, it is the Tennessee Department of Safety which revokes the license. A court imposing a DUI conviction must collect the offender's driver's license and forward it and the judgment to the Department of Safety. Though the court may prohibit an offender from driving as a condition of probation, that order cannot extend beyond the length of the sentence and is not in itself a revocation of the license. In the recent Tennesse case of State v. Teasley, M2014-00507-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 1-30-2015), the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed a trial court order prohibiting a DUI offender from driving for five years.

Court May Not Revoke a Driver's License for DUI

Revocation of a driver's license is one of the mandatory statutory penalties in Tennessee for committing a first offense DUI. However, it is the Tennessee Department of Safety which revokes the license. A court imposing a DUI conviction must collect the offender's driver's license and forward it and the judgment to the Department of Safety. Though the court may prohibit an offender from driving as a condition of probation, that order cannot extend beyond the length of the sentence and is not in itself a revocation of the license. In the recent Tennesse case of State v. Teasley, M2014-00507-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 1-30-2015), the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed a trial court order prohibiting a DUI offender from driving for five years.

Court May Not Revoke a Driver's License for DUI

Revocation of a driver's license is one of the mandatory statutory penalties in Tennessee for committing a first offense DUI. However, it is the Tennessee Department of Safety which revokes the license. A court imposing a DUI conviction must collect the offender's driver's license and forward it and the judgment to the Department of Safety. Though the court may prohibit an offender from driving as a condition of probation, that order cannot extend beyond the length of the sentence and is not in itself a revocation of the license. In the recent Tennesse case of State v. Teasley, M2014-00507-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 1-30-2015), the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed a trial court order prohibiting a DUI offender from driving for five years.

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