What Happens if You Are Stopped for a DUI in Tennesse?

So you’ve been stopped by law enforcement for suspicion of DUI in Tennessee.

This is a scary moment for sure. Especially if you’ve had some alcohol. The law says you can’t be impaired and in control of a vehicle. Of course, the best thing is to always get a ride, Uber or Lyft. If you didn’t here’s what you need to know.

  • Give your name, license, and registration. Don’t say anything else. Shut Up! You don’t have to answer their questions.
  • You also don’t have to submit to field sobriety tests, breathalyzer or blood work. The State of Tennessee can still convict you without these things but it is more difficult.
  • Law enforcement still may be able to obtain a warrant to draw your blood and you can’t stop them if they do. Fight it later.
  • If you are taken into custody bond out and hire the best attorney you can afford.
  • I waive my client’s first appearance to court and we are given a trial date where we go to court, law enforcement should be there, the District Attorney’s Office and the judge.
  • There are four main options in General Sessions Court in Tennessee.
    • Negotiate a plea agreement. Try to get your DUI reduced, dismissed or plea.
    • Preliminary Hearing and bind over to circuit court.
    • Waive your right to preliminary hearing and bind over to circuit court.
    • Bench trial.

The DUI minimums in Tennessee are 48 hours in jail, a fine, court costs, probation, loss of license and alcohol safety school. You may be eligible for a restricted license. Let our experienced trial attorneys at Nash Law PLLC help you and answer any questions you may still have. Call us at 615-NASH-LAW today so we can get started on your case.

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