Nashville Multiple DUI Lawyers
Seasoned Defense for Second, Third & Subsequent DUIs
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. Tennessee, like many other states, has its own set of DUI related laws and penalties. Drivers who are first, second, or third-time offenders, or even more, often have their own bracket of penalties.
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.
May McKinney has a long record of success in defending clients with previous DUI convictions. Whether this is your second, third, fourth, or subsequent DUI arrest, our experienced team may be able to secure a positive resolution that serves your best interests.
For experienced multiple DUI defense counsel in the Nashville area, call (615) 265-6383. We also represent clients in Mount Juliet, Franklin, Brentwood, and across Tennessee.
What Penalties Do Repeat DUI Offenders Face in TN?
If you have one DUI conviction on your record, the penalties for a second or subsequent conviction will be much more severe. That is why it is imperative to have a knowledgeable DUI defense lawyer protecting your interests.
Second DUI Conviction Penalties
The consequences to drivers convicted of second DUI offenses are similar to those of first offenses. The biggest difference is that a driver's license may be revoked for up to two years and the basic fines can be up to $2,000 more than for a first DUI. Jail time for a second offense is 45 days.
Third DUI Conviction Penalties
People who are arrested for drunk driving in Tennessee that have been convicted of two prior offenses will face far more stringent penalties if convicted again. Some of these penalties include:
- Revocation of driving privileges lasting between six and 10 years with no option to receive a restricted driver's license.
- Seizure of any motor vehicle owned by the convicted driver by the court.
- Required fines as high as $10,000.
In addition, a driver in this situation can be required to spend time in jail lasting just one day short of a full calendar year.
Fourth DUI Conviction Penalties
A fourth drunk driving offense is treated as a Class E felony in Tennessee. At least 150 days of a 365-day jail sentence can be required to be served in a consecutive term. Fines at this level can reach $15,000.
What Should Drivers Do if Arrested?
Seeking the help of a lawyer is recommended after any DUI or DWI arrest. The need for expert assistance is real regardless of any prior convictions.
We Check the Facts
Thoroughness is one of the keys to success in these challenging cases. At May McKinney, we always check to make sure that prior convictions were valid. In one case, our client was charged with a second-offense DUI. We checked the record and found that our client's first DUI case had been reduced to a non-DUI offense. Uncovering this fact allowed us to get the charges against our client reduced to a first-offense DUI.
We Know the Law
When possible, we may try to mitigate the severity of the penalties for a second or subsequent DUI conviction. Those convicted of a second-offense DUI can reduce the number of days they serve in jail by entering a drug or alcohol treatment program. Such opportunities are not offered; your attorney must know to request them. We have a comprehensive knowledge of Tennessee DUI law and use it to our clients' advantage.
We Defend Our Clients Vigorously
In addition to following the paper trail and seeking opportunities to lessen the penalties, we will mount a strong defense, analyzing the stop, examining videotape, challenging the blood or breath tests, and using all other appropriate avenues of defense.
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