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Standardized and non-standardized sobriety tests

Tennessee residents who get pulled over and fall under suspicion of driving while under the influence will usually be subjected to field sobriety tests. These tests allow a police officer to determine if they should go forward with other tests, such as a breathalyzer, or if they should arrest the person in question.

How accurate are Breathalyzer machines?

If Tennessee law enforcement officials pull you over for a suspected DUI, they likely will make you take a Breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol concentration. But are the results of these tests really all that accurate? reports that most of them have up to a 15% margin of error. This translates into up to 23% of accused driving under the influence defendants having been the victim of an inaccurate Breathalyzer.

What are the possible consequences of a DUI?

In Tennessee, drunk driving is also referred to as driving under the influence, or DUI. Most states set their own laws when it comes to blood alcohol concentration limits, license revocations, criminal sentences and implied consent for drivers. According to FindLaw, when a driver’s BAC is .08 or higher in the state, the driver is considered legally drunk. If the BAC hits .20 or higher, there are additional penalties for drinking and driving.

Health issues and field sobriety test

If you have been stopped by a police officer and were subsequently arrested for suspected drunk driving in Tennessee, it will be important that you learn about the different elements of your arrest and how these may help you defend yourself against the charges. One of the elements of a drunk driving investigation is the administration of field sobriety tests. These tests all have known failure or inaccuracy rates and your health may well be a contributor to your inability to pass one or more of them. 

Is it legal to repair an IID yourself?

Tennessee law may require you to install an ignition interlock device under certain conditions, such as if you get a conviction for a DUI. These devices have relatively strict rules governing their maintenance, installation and use. Maintaining the device would be your responsibility, but you would not be allowed to do the repairs yourself.

Are designated drivers a safe option?

If you are like many Tennessee residents, you may enjoy having drinks when going out with friends for dinner or spending a night out on the town. Traditionally, it is the rule of thumb to designate a driver to transport you safely if you plan on drinking. However, a study shows that designated drivers may not always be the safest option.

Arrested for DUI for Taking Ambien in Tennessee ?

Can you be arrested under Tennessee law for taking Ambien while driving? The short answer is yes. Under Tennessee's DUI law, one can be charged even with a valid prescription from a doctor. T.C.A. 55-10-401 (1) sets forth, "Under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, controlled substance, controlled substance analogue, substance affecting the central nervous system, or combination thereof that impairs the driver's ability to operate a motor vehicle...." Ambien is a central nervous system depressant. It is not a defense to a Tennessee DUI charge to have a valid prescription pursuant to T.C.A 55-10-411(e).

Drunk driving charges and birthday celebrations

People drink for many different reasons, whether they regularly visit a local bar after work, frequently drink at home as a result of alcohol addiction or celebrate a special occasion with alcohol even though they rarely consume alcohol. Many people drink on their birthday and they may consume alcohol at their home, at a friend’s house or at a business establishment as they celebrate their birthday. Unfortunately, some decide to get behind the wheel afterward, which can result in a variety of harsh consequences. If you plan to drink alcohol during your next birthday party, or at any other time, it is pivotal to stay off of the road until you have sobered up completely.

How much does a Tennessee DUI raise your auto insurance rates?

Having a conviction for driving under the influence on your Tennessee record can have a significant impact on many areas of your life, potentially affecting everything from your bank account to your ability to find and hold down a job. On the financial side, you will need to pay fines relating to your charge, and you may, too, need to pay to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car once you get your license back, among related expenditures.

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