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After a night of drinking, many people are mistakenly under the impression that they are still okay to drive. However, DUI laws often say otherwise. In the state of Tennessee, if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher you are considered drunk. Additionally, you could face harsher penalties if your BAC is .20 or higher.
To avoid putting yourself in a situation where you could face legal consequences, it is best not to drink and drive altogether. Not only can drinking and driving land you in jail, but it could negatively impact you in other ways as well. Read here for five reasons not to drink and drive in Tennessee.
Drinking And Driving Puts Yourself And Others At Risk
In the United States alone, thousands of people are killed in drunk driving accidents each year. Many of the people affected by these accidents are innocent bystanders who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Every time you decide to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (or other substances) you are risking your life and the lives of others. If you were to injure or kill someone because you chose to drink and drive, not only would you face legal action, but you would have to live with the guilt forever.
You Could Lose Your License
Having a driver’s license is a privilege which comes with a certain level of responsibility. When you drink and drive, it shows that you can’t handle that responsibility and you may pose a danger to others.
Getting your license suspended is one of the most common consequences of being arrested for drunk driving. These suspensions can last anywhere from months to years. Not being able to drive could impact your ability to get to and from the places you need to go which could also result in lost wages.
Your Car Insurance Rates May Increase
An arrest for drinking and driving will be reported to your car insurance company. The monthly premium on your policy will likely increase, and those increases can be very drastic.
In Tennessee, you will be required to have high-risk insurance for three years after being convicted of a DUI. Rates for this type of insurance tend to be much higher than the average policies which may put you in a position where you can no longer afford to insure your car which in turn means that you will not be able to drive.
You Could Face Jail Time And Other Penalties
If you are arrested on a DUI charge, you will likely face jail time and other legal penalties. There are minimum mandatory jail requirements for DUI’s in Tennessee.
For the first DUI offense, the minimum time in jail is 48 hours if you plead guilty or are found guilty at the end of your trial. Fines for DUI charges can be hefty, and you may even be required to attend an alcohol course.
In addition, your arrest will become public knowledge which means that it could impact relationships with those around you. Not only will you have to deal with the embarrassment of the arrest, but you could stand to face other consequences that could impact your future.
You Could Lose Your Job
If there’s one thing you probably know by now, it’s that a DUI can cost you a lot of money. However, that loss can also come in the form of lost wages. Since your arrest will be public knowledge, it won’t be difficult for a current or future employer to find out about your DUI.
A quick search of your name could easily reveal that you’ve been convicted of a DUI. Some companies may choose to fire you as a result of this conviction.
If your job requires some sort of professional license, a DUI conviction could get that license revoked. It’s even more critical to hire an attorney to represent you in both criminal court and before the professional board for which you are licensed.
Don’t Drink And Drive, Contact Us Today
Nothing good can come from deciding to drink and drive. If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI, they should consider seeking legal advice immediately. A split decision to get behind the wheel while you’re intoxicated is something that could haunt you for the rest of your life.
For more information on the consequences of drinking and driving, call attorney Brian Lee Nash today at (615) 628-7555.