If you feel overwhelmed and frightened after a DUI arrest, you are not alone. It is normal to feel daunted by the Tennessee legal system and the potential consequences that can come from a criminal conviction. Whether this is your first drunk driving charge or you have a history of DUI arrests, it is important to protect your rights at every stage of the process.
A Tennessee woman is in serious trouble with the law the after causing an accident that eventually claimed the life of a teenage boy. The boy died from his injuries just one day after he was supposed to graduate from high school. The suspected drunk driver also had a small child in the car with her at the time of the crash and was officially charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and endangerment of a child.
After crashing in a Knoxville school's parking lot, a woman was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. At the time of the accident, the woman was driving with two young children in her car, ages 7 and 10. The children were released into the custody of the school after their mother was arrested for drunk driving.
After an arrest for drunk driving, Tennessee defendants may assume that they can confront these charges and navigate the legal system on their own. However, securing legal counsel as soon as possible after a drunk driving arrest will be very beneficial. Even a first-time DUI charge can result in serious penalties if convicted.
After a stop for suspected drunk driving, a driver will likely be asked submit to a series of tests administered by law enforcement in order to determine the potential impairment of a driver. A failed sobriety test can ultimately result in arrest and charges of drunk driving. As with any test subject to human error, it is possible that these test results may be incorrect.
New legislation has been proposed in Tennessee with regard to the purchasing of alcohol after being convicted of DUI multiple times. The bill was introduced in February by Representative John Holsclaw. He stated that he hopes a new law will help reduce the number of repeated drunk driving offenses in the state.
A Tennessee man was arrested after a law enforcement officer pulled him over for making an illegal turn on Interstate 40. Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with the driver, the officer reports that the man had blood-shot eyes and was displaying behavior that is often associated with intoxicated driving. After a failed sobriety test, the driver was arrested.
Tennessee readers may be aware of a case that has garnered a great deal of media attention in recent days. A woman from Blount County has been arrested after an incident in which two parked cars and a pedestrian were struck. Authorities allege that the woman fled the scene of the accident and was eventually discovered attempting to hide in a nearby doghouse. She now faces a range of punishments in the matter and has been charged with multiple crimes.
Many people have made mistakes in their lives. Fortunately for most, a mistake turns into a learning experience, and people make changes accordingly. Despite this, it may be assumed that a person is doomed to repeat such a mistake. In regard to a person who has faced criminal charges, an assumption that a person will repeat a criminal act is not enough to gain a conviction. For example, a man in Tennessee is facing a second drunk driving charge after apparently striking a police car.
Because of the public service campaigns that have have filled the airways, most people are aware of the potential consequences of drinking and driving. Likely because of this awareness, it may be assumed that people driving at a certain time of night or under certain circumstances are under the influence of alcohol. Such assumptions could lead to charges related to drunk driving. Now, Tennessee politicians want to create additional requirements for repeat DUI offenders.