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Arrested for a First DUI Offense?
Retain a Nashville DUI lawyer today!
You may have a completely clean record, consider yourself an upstanding citizen, and even be a respected professional, but one DUI conviction can bring all of that crashing down. While police officers don’t take an individual’s personal record into consideration when making an arrest, the good news is that the court does. First-time offenders can often argue their charges down or negotiate with prosecutors for a wet reckless offense, which is just a charge of reckless driving with alcohol involved, carrying minor repercussions.
However, securing such positive results is not as easy as it sounds. Due to strong public pressure, prosecutors and judges are often hesitant to provide leniency to alleged offenders without a strong advocate on their side. As a Nashville DUI attorney, I can step in and work to clear your name in the face of drunk driving charges. At Andrew C. Beasley, PLLC, my team has the experience and insight to handle the toughest DUI cases, pursuing favorable outcomes for clients time and time again. I am ready to craft a strategic defense on your behalf, so do not hesitate to call my firm at any time!
“What penalties am I facing for my first offense?”
If you have been charged with DUI, you may be wondering what repercussions you could be facing. While every case is unique and the final sentence will depend on the prosecution’s strategy, the defense’s strength, and the judge’s final discretion, there are some common punishments that are used in DUI cases.
A first offense can result in the following penalties:
- Between 48 hours and 11 months in jail
- Up to a year-long license suspension
- Between $350 and $1,500 in fines
- Enrollment in DUI school
- SR22 insurance requirement
- The installation of an ignition interlock device
In Tennessee, there is a lookback period of 10 years. This means that if you are arrested or accused of DUI again within 10 years, you could face increased penalties for a second offense. However, if you are charged outside of that window, it will be considered your first offense again. Also, if you refuse to take a chemical test, you will have your license revoked for up to 1 year for your first offense.
Remember, if there are aggravating factors involved, such as an accident that resulted in injuries or fatalities, it is likely that you will face more severe consequences. That is why-regardless of your situation-it is so crucial for you to retain a trusted legal representative during this time. Andrew C. Beasley, PLLC is here to provide the reliable support and guidance you need.
Don’t wait any longer to get the hard-hitting defense you deserve! Start by sharing the details of your DUI charge in a free case evaluation. My firm stands ready to protect your future.