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Law enforcement officer facing drunk driving charges

The DUI case against a Tennessee law enforcement officer is set for a grand jury in September. The deputy is charged with driving under the influence, violation of implied consent law, violation of open container laws and possession of a firearm in a place where alcohol is served. This grand jury proceeding will determine if the case will proceed or if the drunk driving charges will be dismissed.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in April. Emergency personnel responded to reports of a vehicle found that had run into a telephone pole. The firemen on the scene claim that they saw the driver attempt to pull away and leave the scene, and the driver allegedly fought against attempts to turn the car off and remove him from the car.

Police officer facing drunk driving charges

A Nashville police officer finds himself in an unusual situation after a DUI arrest. He is currently assigned to desk duty after he was arrested for drunk driving in Hendersonville. He is a seven-year veteran and is scheduled to appear in court in December. 

Tennessee law provides for strict penalties for those who are convicted of drunk driving, no matter if that person is a police officer or another citizen. The consequences, which include fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges and more, can have a long-reaching impact on a person's life. It is not clear if this police officer has previous DUI offenses on his criminal record, but he will need to take steps to defend himself against these charges, even if it is a first-time offense.

DUI charges filed after 3 people injured

A Tennessee man is facing criminal charges after an arrest for drunk driving in Chattanooga. He was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol after allegedly causing a car accident that resulted in the injury of three people. The man is charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident. 

According to an affidavit, the man was accused of speeding and failure to heed a stop sign. The car is said to have  hit another vehicle with three people inside, and all three occupants were taken to a hospital for medical treatment. The affidavit claims that the driver of the first vehicle fled the scene, driving into oncoming traffic. 

Guidelines and consequences for drunk driving in Tennessee

Every state has specific laws regarding impaired driving. In each, drunk driving is considered a criminal offense and the consequences can be quite severe if a conviction is achieved. What are the guidelines and consequences for drunk driving in Tennessee?

A driver who is found to have a blood alcohol level at or above .08 percent can be charged with DUI. The severity of the charge will depend on several factors. These may include:

  • Total blood alcohol level
  • Age of driver
  • If an accident occurred resulting in injury or death
  • Number of DUI offenses on one's record

Tennessee man charged with vehicular homicide after accident

A Tennessee man was recently arrested after an accident claimed the life of an elderly woman. According to accident reports, the driver originally left the scene of the accident, but law enforcement was able to locate the man. Police claim that he admitted to recently consuming alcohol, and he was arrested for drunk driving and charged with vehicular homicide and other charges.

It is believed that the driver was traveling on Sawyer Brown Road in Nashville when he lost control of his vehicle. He hit a pole, crossed several lanes of traffic and eventually crashed into a condo. The car hit the home with so much force that it almost went into a second condo. When they arrived at the scene, police located the driver based on the vehicle registration.

Stronger drunk driving laws in Tennessee in effect

Tennessee has recently passed stricter laws for drivers who are arrested for driving under the influence. These new drunk driving laws went into effect at the beginning of this month, and they will bring stricter penalties for those who are convicted. Repeat DUI offenders would be wise to take steps to protect their rights and interests in the event that they are charged with drunk driving.

These new laws will impact repeat offenders, now requiring a criminal background check to be done. Judges will now also order ignition interlock devices to be installed for people who are convicted of drunk driving. Those who have six or more DUI offenses will now face a Class C felony, upgraded from Class E. According to sentencing requirements, this will double the amount of time behind bars.

Wife charged with drunk driving after the death of her husband

A Tennessee woman is facing criminal charges after an accident involving a golf cart claimed the life of her husband. She was charged with drunk driving and vehicular assault. The man was taken by helicopter to the hospital for medical treatment, but he was unable to overcome the severity of his injuries and died a few days later.

The accident is still under investigation, and there are many details that are not immediately available. The golf cart crash occurred while the wife was driving the golf cart on a public road through a neighborhood, and drunk driving charges quickly followed. This unusual accident serves as a reminder that a person can face drunk driving charges if intoxicated behind the wheel of any type of motor vehicle, not just a car or truck. This includes golf carts, recreational vehicles, boats and other types of vehicles.

Facing repeat DUI charges? You need a strong legal ally.

If you have been charged with drunk driving two or more times, it is critical for you to confront these charges with appropriate legal help. While you are facing a serious legal situation, repeat DUI offenders still have legal options by which they may be able to seek lesser penalties. The key to successfully defending against these types of charges necessitates securing experienced legal counsel as soon as possible after an arrest.

If you have previously been convicted of drunk driving in Tennessee, the potential penalties will be significantly more severe than they were the first time. If convicted a second time, you will face a mandatory jail sentence of at least 45 days. You will be required to attend DUI school and face a license suspension of two years. Fines can be as high as $3,500.

Blood alcohol content and your rights in Tennessee

The penalties for drunk driving in Tennessee are steep, and it is important for those facing charges to protect their rights by understanding the factors involved in their case. Blood alcohol content (BAC) is the measure used to determine how much alcohol is in a person's system and could be grounds for an arrest if it is measured at .08 percent or higher. In some cases, a driver could face charges even if the BAC level is lower than .08 percent.

BAC is tested by two commonly employed methods, either through a Breathalyzer test or a blood test. While these tests are generally considered to be relatively accurate, it is possible that a person could be arrested due to a BAC reading that was incorrect. When a driver believes that a wrongful arrest has been made, it is critical to fight back with the help of an experienced drunk driving defense attorney. 

Recent ruling could impact drunk driving laws in Tennessee

A recent Supreme Court ruling could change DUI laws in Tennessee, limiting laws that currently allow for additional punishment for drivers who refuse to submit to a sobriety test. Before this ruling, drivers who refused to submit to a blood test could face additional penalties. The new ruling would now require law enforcement to have a search warrant before they require a blood test for suspected drunk driving.

Despite the changes to laws pertaining to blood tests, a search warrant will not be required for a breath test. These changes occurred after three cases challenged the implied consent laws in two different states, claiming that the current laws violated unreasonable search and seizure bans outlined in the Constitution. The recent ruling will impact laws in 11 different states.

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