Driving Under the Influence

If you were arrested for a DUI or DWI you probably have a lot of questions about what to do next. You need an experience attorney that can walk you through the process and help you each step of the way.

 

In the State of Tennessee, a person can be found Driving under the Influence if the person is in physical control of a vehicle and under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, controlled substance, and drug that impairs the person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. The legal limit for alcohol is 0.8% for adults. For a person under the age of 21 it is 0.2%.

Common questions are:

What will happen when I go to court for my DUI/DWI?

First things first, Shanone will make sure the police officer performed a traffic stop because he had reasonable suspicion that you violated the law.  Second, determine whether the police officer who performed the Field Sobriety Tests established probable cause to arrest you. Third, make sure the blood alcohol or drug levels were enough to establish a charge of DUI/DWI. After these are established, we will determine what type of defense we will pursue. You have a constitutional right to fight a DUI charge all the way through to a trial by jury. You may also decide to enter a negotiated plea.

Will I do more jail time?

For first time offenders the mandatory jail time is 48 hours. Jail time increases with each offense. However, that time will be reduced by any time you served when originally arrested for a DUI/DWI. You will likely not have to go to jail on your court date. Shanone will help you determine a report to jail date so that you can arrange your work and personal schedule accordingly.

What are the penalties and costs associated with a DUI/DWI?

  • Probation for 11 months / 29 days
  • Ignition Interlock Device and/or Transdermal (Scram) Device
  • One-year loss of driver’s license for first offense. However, you will likely be eligible for a restricted driver’s license.
  • Fine – $350 to $1500 for first offense.
  • Alcohol and Drug Safety School.
  • Rehabilitation program

Being charged with a DUI can be stressful and time consuming.  Shanone is an experienced DUI attorney and will defend and assist you every step of the way allowing you to get back to your normal life as soon as possible.

Call Shanone today: 615-920-0906.