When a person is facing felony charges of driving under the influence in Tennessee, it is not a situation that should be faced without the help of an attorney. The possible consequences if a conviction is obtained are simply too great for the allegation to go undefended.
Felony DUI charges reflect that there is a record of three previous convictions for driving drunk by the person charged. In the process of forming a strong defense, an experienced attorney has the know-how to do a thorough check of all the relevant facts related to the current case.
The attorney can also dig into the records of any previous cases to confirm exactly what happened. There have been cases in which the records yielded information that allowed for a reduction of charges. And that can lead to a reduction in possible penalties in the event of a conviction.
This may be something on the mind of a McMinnville man. He was arrested on felony DUI charges earlier this month by police in Murfreesboro. According to the records, an officer stopped the man early one Saturday morning after allegedly observing him driving erratically. The report says the man appeared to be drunk and that he failed a field sobriety test.
Once in custody, police say they learned that the man had a record of three previous DUI convictions. They also determined that the man was allegedly driving without a valid license because of those convictions.
He was booked on suspicion of felony DUI, driving on a revoked license and a violation of probation. He is free on bond and is due to appear in Rutherford County court later this year.
There are a number of significant factors associated with this case. A conviction could result in a jail term of up to one year. Thousands of dollars in fines could be levied, as well. But also of concern may be the fact that the man is reportedly a native of Mexico. Depending on his immigration status, he may be in jeopardy of deportation.
Source: MurfreesboroPost.com, "Repeat offender facing 4th DUI charge," Marie Kemph, July 18, 2013