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Serious consequences exist for drivers operating a vehicle under the influence. In Knoxville, felony DUI charges can equal lengthy prison stays in addition to hefty fines if a person is convicted. In such circumstances, an accused person needs a strong criminal defense. Recently, a man was sentenced to 10 years after being convicted of his 15th DUI. 

The 64-year-old man was convicted of driving under the influence, sixth or subsequent offense, making it a felony for him to ever operate a motor vehicle. The man has a string of drunk driving convictions going all the way back to the 1980s in several states and counties. For the most recent event, a police officer apparently spotted the man's vehicle crossing the yellow lines.After he was pulled over, a toxicology test apparently showed his blood alcohol content as 0.197, well over the legal limit. 

The incident occurred in 2016, though he was sentenced in May 2017. The court ruled the man a habitual motor vehicle offender since the number of his DUI convictions is so great. He was booked into the Knox County Detention Center.

The Knoxville man's 10-year sentence sends a clear message to motor vehicle offenders. Nevertheless, every person has the right to a defense when accused of a crime. For every situation, extenuating circumstances exist, and the real facts of the case may not be what they seem initially. That is why an person accused of felony DUI in Tennessee may wish to seek the assistance of a lawyer for help in preparing a strong criminal defense. 

Source: wate.com, "Knoxville man sentenced to 10 years for 15th DUI", May 25, 2017

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