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Are breath tests a reliable measure of DUI?

If you have been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Tennessee, you may have been asked to submit to a roadside breath test. Law enforcement officers often use these machines to determine whether you are driving with a blood alcohol content level that is over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The problem lies in the fact that portable breath test devices do not always yield accurate results. In some cases, the device readings may be altered by another substance or other factors that could inflate the BAC level given on the breath test. This could result in a wrongful DUI charge and possible conviction.

Cheatham County DUI Alert

While I was handling a DUI case recently in Cheatham County,Tennessee, I discovered some new wrinkles in defending a DUI case. I went down to the Sherrif's office to request a video. First, I must appauld Sherrif Breedlove's progressive thoughts on providing information in a criminal case. Videos are provided at no charge and there are no hoops to jump through unlike many law enforcement agencies in Middle Tennessee, espeically the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

What is a felony DUI?

Tennessee residents who are accused of DUI-related crimes could potentially have their charges fall under two categories. Some DUI charges will be categorized as misdemeanors, which are slightly more forgiving. Others, however, will be categorized as felonies.

DUI charges from a parent's point of view

Facing drunk driving charges is never easy, but there are certain instances where these charges are especially upsetting. For example, a parent who finds themselves charged with driving under the influence may worry about a wide variety of problems related to the charges and the impact that an unsuccessful outcome in court could have on their entire family. If you are in this position, it is essential to make sure that you have left no stones unturned as you go over your legal options.

Details of the one-leg stand test

If you have ever wondered how hard it could be possible for a person to really fail a field sobriety test in Tennessee, you should learn what is really involved in these tests. Once you know more about them, you may actually instead wonder how a person could ever actually pass one of these tests.

Tips for dealing with a sobriety checkpoint in Tennessee

In addition to making traffic stops based on probable cause, Tennessee law enforcement may also set up sobriety checkpoints to catch intoxicated drivers. Popular times and locations center around events or places that are likely to result in a higher level of drinking. The state government also posts advance notice of dates and places for checkpoints.

Non-alcohol DUI charges

You may associate a DUI charge with alcohol consumption. However, other substances may impair your driving ability and result in criminal charges. Driving under the influence of drugs is more common than you may think.

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