If you're arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Metro Nashville, what you can expect to happen in court varies greatly depending on the jurisdiction. For instance, the general sessions court in Nashville is a proving ground for many young assistant district attorneys. Sometimes this leads them to take a hard line on plea bargain discussions. If your case is located in the surrounding counties, there are often differences in how that jurisdiction might handle DUI prosecutions.
I am Rob McKinney, a DUI defense lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee, who vigorously defends my clients. Call (615) 265-6383 for a free case review.
I've practiced DUI defense in Nashville and the surrounding area since 1994. I've represented over 1,000 clients charged with DUI or driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses, and I'm very familiar with how to work with prosecutors one-on-one to get a better deal for my clients. My extensive experience makes me familiar with the rules regarding evidence, criminal procedure and sentencing specific to both circuit and general sessions courts.
If you've been arrested or cited for a DUI in Metro Nashville, your first court appearance will be in the general sessions court at the A.A. Birch Building at 405 2nd Avenue N. in Nashville, TN. Often, it's very difficult to get your charges reduced or dropped at this general sessions level. You have the option to request a bench trial, or a preliminary hearing to prepare your case for a motion to litigate evidence yourself for a jury trial. However, representing yourself in any criminal proceeding is never a good idea. The system is very complicated, and the stakes can be very high.
If you want the best result possible, it's important that an experienced professional thoroughly investigate every aspect of your DUI case. Every detail of the traffic stop, field sobriety test, blood/breath alcohol content tests and interaction with the police could hold a detail that will help your case. You just need the right representation to put that information to work for you.
An experienced and very skilled attorney is critical when taking your case to trial. My office, May & McKinney, PLLC, handles all drunk driving and alcohol offenses, from underage consumption of alcohol to DUI and vehicular homicide.
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