A Tennessee woman was driving along Kingsport Highway shortly before 11:10 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. Around that time, she was involved in a single vehicle accident. By the next morning, officials announced that the woman would be facing DUI charges, and other accusations, in connection with the crash.
Here in the United States, you are guaranteed the presumption of innocence with regard to any accusation of criminal conduct until and unless it is proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. In addition, you are entitled to review the evidence and confront any witnesses against you that Tennessee prosecutors intend to present in court. Understanding these basic rights, there are important facts you should know about DUI charges.
Young adults and their families need to be aware of a recent change in the state's underage drunk driving laws. In July, a law went into effect here in Tennessee that raised the blood alcohol content (BAC) for underage drivers (mainly those ages 18 to 20) to .08, along with the potential penalties for those facing underage DUI charges. That law jeopardized the state's receipt of nearly $60 million in federal funding because it was in direct conflict with current federal zero-tolerance standards.
When a Tennessee resident is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, it is more than his or her freedom that is at stake. Many people's employment requires them to drive. Facing DUI charges is sometimes enough to put that person's livelihood in jeopardy.
The annual "Booze It & Lose It" campaign recently got underway on Aug. 19 here in Tennessee. Numerous local law enforcement agencies team up with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase police presence on the roadways in order to discourage and stop people from driving under the influence. Between now and Labor Day, DUI charges could rise across the state and the nation.
Recently, a driver decided to chase down another vehicle. After coming to a stop, the other driver contacted police and waited for them to arrive. By the time police left the scene, the driver of that vehicle was under arrest. The Tennessee man is now facing drug and DUI charges.
On July 1, Tennessee began a new fiscal year. With that beginning came a number of new drunk driving laws that went into effect. Anyone convicted of driving under the influence could face harsher penalties.
A man identified as the underage grandson of Ward Crutchfield, a former Tennessee senator who is now deceased, was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. In addition to DUI charges, he also faces charges alleging that he fled from the scene of an accident and caused property damage as he did so. It would be in his best interests to engage criminal defense counsel as soon as possible to combat the charges.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday, police were called to the scene of a single vehicle accident. Upon arrival, they discovered a Tennessee woman and her three children -- ages 2, 6 and 7 -- who were, thankfully, uninjured. Officials say that, depending on the results of a toxicology test, the mother of three could face DUI charges.
Over the Memorial Day holiday, law enforcement agencies throughout Tennessee launched a campaign to keep the roads safe. During that time, there were 41 accidents, and 10 people were arrested and could face DUI charges. One of those crashes involved three cars and one fatality.