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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.

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.

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.

Someone spiked my drinks. Good DUI defense?

It is illegal in Tennessee for someone to spike your drink, even if the substance itself is legal. For example, say you are older than 21 and drinking something nonalcoholic. Without your knowledge, a person pours vodka into your drink. Since you are of age, it is legal for you to drink the vodka, but the spiking would still be illegal under the adulteration statute. This is because a spiked drink can alter someone's mental state or otherwise hurt a person.

You blew less than 0.08 percent. Why were you still arrested?

The current legal limit for blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent. This is a reduction from the old limit, which was 0.15 percent. The 0.15 percent limit first went into effect in 1938, but in an effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related car accidents, the limit has gone down over the years. Efforts are also underway to reduce it even more. 

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