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First Offense DUI in Tennessee

Defending Clients Against First DUI Charges Throughout Nashville

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 Nashville 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 first offense 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.


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What Are the Penalties for a First Offense DUI in TN?

First offense DUI charges in Nashville carry harsh consequences. The severity of your penalties will be determined by the circumstances of your arrest. Some determining factors include your blood alcohol content, age of the driver, and if any people or property were damaged. The final sentencing will depend on the prosecution’s strategy, the defense’s strength, and the judge’s final discretion.

Tennessee first offense DUI offense penalties include:

  • 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

Will I Lose My Car If I'm Convicted of a First DUI in TN?

Unless you're facing extraordinary circumstances, it's not typical for the court to seize your vehicle after a first DUI conviction. However, it's certainly not illegal for you to be forced to forfeit your vehicle. Protecting your future as well as your car means calling a Nashville DUI attorney as soon as possible.

Will I Lose My License If I'm Convicted of a First DUI Offense in Tennessee?

You'll likely lose your license for a year after conviction. However, your attorney may be able to argue for a restricted license. With a restricted license, you'd be allowed to drive to work, school, and medical appointments, but virtually nowhere else. There are a few standards you'd need to meet before getting approved for a restricted license, however.

To get a restricted license after a DUI conviction in Tennessee, you'd need to meet the following:

  • No prior conviction for vehicular homicide or assault due to intoxication
  • No involvement in any fatal or serious accident caused in part by a DUI
  • Ignition interlock device must be installed

The limits of a restricted license are fine as a final resort, but it would vastly improve your long-term prospects if you sought to win your case with a seasoned DUI defense lawyer in Nashville. Even pleading your case down to a wet reckless in Tennessee is more preferable to a DUI conviction, first or otherwise.

What Are the Long-Term Consequences of a Tennessee First DUI?

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.


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