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3rd drunk driving charge filed against man

A man in Tennessee has been charged with driving under the influence after he was reportedly involved in an accident with a parked car. The accident took place at about 9:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday. This is the man's third time being arrested on a drunk driving charge in the past two years.

Police said a passerby contacted police saying that a man had gone to sleep while driving and ended up colliding with a parked vehicle. The accident happened on a highway outside of a gym. According to police, the 30-year-old man who was behind the wheel did not pass a field sobriety test because he took too many steps and did not turn properly. He also is said to have struggled with following police instructions during his one-leg test.

Repeat DUI offender? We can protect your rights and interests.

In Tennessee, a conviction for drunk driving can carry serious penalties, especially if a person has been convicted of a DUI in the past. If you are a repeat DUI offender, it is important to remember that your criminal record does not preclude you from a defense and other rights to which you are entitled. However, it is critical to take quick action to protect your future interests.

According to Tennessee law, first, second and third-time DUI offenders are not subjected to felony charges. However, a fourth DUI will bring felony charges and potentially serious repercussions. Whether it is your second DUI or you have been charged at least three times in the past, you will want to give serious thought to appropriate defense strategies.

Woman facing drunk driving charge after fatal accident

Those arrested and charged with drunk driving have the right to challenge the evidence offered by government prosecutors in court. There are several ways that this can be accomplished. It's crucial to know how to handle what may come next when faced with drunk driving charges in Tennessee.

An accident occurred in Davidson County on a recent Sunday morning in late August. It happened around 3 a.m. and resulted in the death of one woman and one man being hospitalized. They had been riding on a motorcycle when they were allegedly struck by a car in the midst of a U-turn, causing them to be thrown from the bike. The woman died at the scene, while the man was rushed to a local medical center.

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.

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