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Nashville,TN. DUI on a Scooter

If you have not noticed yet, Downtown Nashville has been recently flooded with Lime and Bird scooters. They are on nearly every sidewalk. Drive downtown and you will soon realize what a traffic hazard they are. WSMV ran a story of the increased business at Vanderbilt's Trauma Unit. In addition to a safety hazard, are these scooters also a legal hazard?

What penalties do Tennessee’s repeat DUI offenders face?

The first time you receive a conviction for driving under the influence in Tennessee, you can anticipate harsh penalties, but, as you might expect, the penalties you potentially face increase in severity with any subsequent DUI arrest. Therefore, if you have had the unfortunate experience of having authorities place you under arrest for drinking and driving and you received a similar conviction in the past, it is important that you recognize the magnitude of what you now face.

Binge drinking, a DUI and the effect on your future

You may be attending Vanderbilt, Fisk or one of the other fine universities or colleges in Tennessee. Like many other college students you may  also engage in binge drinking. If you drink and drive - and many binge drinkers see no problem with getting behind the wheel - you risk being charged with DUI. What happens to your future plans if you are convicted?

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, especially 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.

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