Unfortunately, many people have to deal with the consequences of being arrested for a DUI. It is a costly mistake that can follow them for years. Even more unfortunate is that some people make the mistake of driving while under the influence more than once.
A second DUI in Tennessee is a very serious matter indeed. As with many traffic offenses, the penalties increase exponentially. You might have been put on probation and lost your license after your first DUI, but with another offense comes even greater consequences. The law demands that anyone found guilty of a second DUI must serve a minimum of 45 days in jail; however, the time can be increased by the court at its discretion. The maximum sentence in Tennessee is 11 months and 29 days.
The fines are equally oppressive. A second DUI in Tennessee could cost you from $600 to more than $2500, and that's not including any fees paid to an attorney. You will also lose your license for two years, be forced to attend DUI traffic school and alcohol/drug treatment, and mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle - and then there are the ancillary penalties. The loss of your freedom. The loss of mobility. The effect that will have on your personal and professional life. Your job could also be jeopardized, especially if you have to travel long distances to get to it, or are required to travel as part of it.
So - what do you do? Well, if you are arrested for a DUI a second time, the next call you make after dealing with the police should be to an experienced lawyer. Repeat offenders are treated differently by the courts and there is too much at stake to leave your defense up to another case of bad judgment. The laws are written to punish, and that's what they will do. With so much riding on the outcome, you need valid representation that can see you through to the end and get you the best result possible.
Attorney Brian Lee Nash has nearly a decade of experience working with a wide range of clients. He brings a vast amount of knowledge, drive, and determination to every case he works with.
If you are dealing with a DUI, and/or the consequences of a DUI conviction, contact Nash Law, PLLC today at 615-628-7555.
This article was written by the author on behalf of Nash Law, PLLC.