Helping People Navigate Tennessee's DWI/DUI Laws

If you are being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Tennessee, you will soon realize how serious this criminal offense can be. Indeed, the consequences associated with a DUI conviction ― also known as DWI ― can be quite severe.

No matter whether you are from the Sevierville/Pigeon Forge area or an out-of-towner enjoying the local attractions, the dedicated legal professionals at Shults Law Office can help you deal with DWI/DUI charges. Criminal defense lawyer Michael C. Shults is not only knowledgeable but also easy to talk to and accessible.

Jail Time Is Just One Of Many Punishments

Even first-time DWI/DUI offenders can face harsh penalties in Tennessee, including:

  • Jail time of at least 48 hours, which increases to seven days if the driver registers a BAC of .20 percent or higher
  • A fine ranging from $350 to $1,500
  • A license revocation of one year
  • Roadside litter pickup, which out-of-state residents must return to Tennessee to complete
  • Possible installation of ignition interlock device
  • Possible participation in alcohol treatment program

While these penalties are certainly severe, they only get worse with each subsequent conviction ― with greater jail sentences, longer license revocation periods and larger fines. Additionally, if you refuse Breathalyzer testing in an effort to avoid prosecution, you will still have your license suspended.

Special Considerations For Underage Drivers

Even though the legal BAC limit for most Tennessee drivers is .08 percent, it is actually quite lower for drivers who are under the legal drinking age. In fact, drivers aged 16 to 21 may face penalties if they register a BAC of a mere .02 percent.

This particular offense is considered a delinquent act for juveniles between the ages of 16 and 18, and a class A misdemeanor for those aged 18 to 21.

Seek Legal Guidance Right Away

If you have been charged with drunk driving, contact Shults Law Office today to speak to an experienced DWI/DUI attorney. We serve clients in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas. For a FREE initial consultation, email our firm or call us at 865-280-1084. We have flexible payment plans available for those who qualify.