DUI Defense Lawyer

Nashville DUI Lawyer

A DUI charge can happen to almost any citizen. It is a crime that spans all ages, races and socio-economic classes, and affects both men and women. Police often look for DUI offenders by organizing special units who detain drivers for traffic violations and proceed to hunt for signs that could be indicators of DUI. The arresting officer often pre-determines that the driver is going to jail before he even asks the driver to complete the field sobriety tasks. But just because you’ve been arrested doesn’t mean that you are guilty. Each case is different. Depending on the specific facts of your DUI arrest, there may be opportunities to petition for a dismissal of the case based on a number of factors, including lack of probable cause for making the traffic stop. An experienced DUI defense attorney can advise you of your options.

The Penalties for a DUI conviction include incarceration, loss of driver’s license, fines, court costs, the required participation in DUI school and drug and alcohol treatment, installation of an ignition interlock device and possible restitution for damage or injury. The specific penalties for each separate offense are:

1st Offense:

– A minimum incarceration of 48 hours and a maximum of 11 months, 29 days
– License revocation for 1 year
– You will be ordered to participate in an alcohol and drug treatment program
– Pay restitution to any person suffering physical injury or personal loss
– $350-$1,500 fine
– The Judge can order you to install an Ignition Interlock Device at your expense. Minimum first year costs could exceed $1,000.00
– If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expense

2nd Offense:

– A minimum incarceration of 45 days and a maximum of 11 months, 29 days
– $600-$3,500 mandatory fine
– License revocation for 2 years/Restricted License available after first year
– Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeiture
– You will be ordered to attend an alcohol and drug treatment program
– The judge can order you to install an Ignition Interlock Device at your expense
– If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expense

3rd Offense:

– A minimum incarceration of 120 days and a maximum of 11 months, 29 days
– $1,100 to $10,000 mandatory fines
– License revocation for 6-10 years/NO restricted license available
– Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeiture
– Alcohol and drug treatment program
– Judge could order an Ignition Interlock Device installed at your expense
– If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expense

4th and Greater Offense:

– Class E Felony
– 1 Year (365) days of jail time with a minimum of 150 consecutive days served
– $3,000 to $15,000 mandatory fine
– License revocation for 8 years/NO restricted license available
– Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeiture
– Alcohol and drug treatment program
– Judge could order an Ignition Interlock Device installed at your expense
– If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expense

A DUI conviction could have serious consequences affecting your life, including your freedom, driver’s license, employment, finances, reputation and your future. Do not accept serious consequences such as these without first consulting with an attorney. To schedule a free consultation with Attorney Brad H. Frakes, call 615-248-7854 today.