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Tennessee's no refusal law in effect for holidays

The holiday season is traditionally a time when Tennessee families gather together to eat, drink and be merry. Drivers who choose to drink and drive, however, may be spending time behind bars rather than at the family dinner table.

Earlier this year, Tennessee lawmakers passed a "no refusal" law for drivers who are pulled over and suspected of drinking and driving. Under the no refusal law, a driver who is pulled over and asked to submit to a blood alcohol test can be forced to provide a blood sample via a search warrant.

During the recent Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a total of 16 Tennessee counties participated in a widespread "No Refusal" DUI campaign. During this timeframe, Tennessee Highway Patrol report that a total of 78 individuals were arrested for suspected DUI. Of these, five drivers refused to submit to field sobriety tests and search warrants were issued for blood samples.

It's important to note, however, that errors can occur while taking or processing a blood sample that may interfere with the test's results. Various factors can contribute to a sample being contaminated and its results being deemed invalid. For these reasons, it's critical that individuals facing the prospect of taking a blood alcohol test secure experienced legal representation.

A skilled criminal defense attorney can advise individuals facing drunk driving charges on their rights and possible defenses. Likewise, an attorney who is experienced in handling such matter will be able to provide for the best possible legal outcome.

Source: Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, "Tennessee Highway Patrol Announce Results of 'No Refusal' Enforcement & Thanksgiving Holiday Statistics," Nov. 28, 2012

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