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Penalties for a DUI in Tennessee

Penalties For A DUI In Tennessee

While most DUI offenses are classified as misdemeanors rather than felonies, the Tennessee DUI penalties for  DUI convictions are typically much more serious than other misdemeanors. Though Tennessee DUI penalties will differ in each case, depending on the particular facts and circumstances, all DUI convictions require mandatory jail time. The summary below of TN DUI penalties is intended to be general in nature and should not be relied upon without individual consultation with a well-qualified DUI Lawyer.

 Other Consequences of a Tennessee DUI Conviction

Tennessee DUI defendants find themselves dealing with other consequences of a Tennessee DUI conviction long after all fines are paid, probation has expired, and their driver’s license has been reinstated. Few understand not only the stigma that follows a DUI conviction, but also the correlating economic, professional, and restrictive consequences that will plague a person convicted of a Tennessee DUI offense for the rest of their life. Just like Tennessee DUI penalties, the additional consequences of a DUI conviction will vary depending upon the facts and circumstances of each case. The following list is intended only as a general guideline to identify some of these potential concerns facing Tennessee DUI offenders.

  • Increase in automobile insurance premiums or even cancellation of an insurance policy following a Driving Under the Influence arrest or DUI conviction;
  • Inability to rent a vehicle from a commercial agency;
  • Restrict ability to obtain and/or maintain life insurance, health insurance, and disability insurance;
  •  Jeopardize the status of a professional license (e.g. Doctor, Lawyer, Nurse, Stock Broker, Airplane Pilot);
  • Impair ability to obtain future employment or to be accepted into an educational program (e.g. undergraduate or graduate school admission);
  • Restrict a person’s ability to acquire and/or maintain the possession of a firearm; Restrict one’s ability to travel outside of the United States (i.e. Canada, which maintains strict laws on the eligibility of entrance to the country for those who have been arrested and/or convicted of Driving Under the Influence and related crimes).
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Summary of Tennessee DUI Penalties

  1st OFFENSE DUI 2nd OFFENSE DUI 3rd OFFENSE DUI 4th or SUBSEQUENT  OFFENSE DUI
PUNISHMENT Class A Misdemeanor11 months, 29 days  Class A Misdemeanor11 months, 29 days  Class A Misdemeanor11 months, 29 days  Class E FelonyOne to six years
JAIL TIME YES Mandatory minimum 48 hours (7 days if blood alcohol concentration is .20% or higher) YES Mandatory minimum45 days YES Mandatory minimum120 days YES Mandatory minimum150 days
FINES Minimum fine $350Maximum fine $1,500 Minimum fine $600Maximum fine $3,500 Minimum fine $1,100Maximum fine $10,000 Minimum fine $3,000Maximum fine $15,000
WORK RELEASE After mandatory minimum jail time. After mandatory minimum 45 days or, in certain circumstances, after 2 days. After mandatory minimum 120 days. After mandatory minimum 150 days.
LITTER PICK-UP YES Mandatory 24 hours of roadside litter pick-up. NO NO NO
DUI ASSESSMENT YES $100 YES $100 YES $100 YES $100
BLOOD ALCOHOL OR DRUG CONCENTRATION TEST FEE YES $250 if convicted and submitted to a chemical test (blood, breath or urine) YES $250 if convicted and submitted to a chemical test (blood, breath or urine) YES $250 if convicted and submitted to a chemical test (blood, breath or urine) YES $250 if convicted and submitted to a chemical test (blood, breath or urine)
LICENSE REVOCATION 1 year 2 years Minimum 6 yearsMaximum 10 years Minimum 8 years
RESTRICTED DRIVER’S LICENSE POSSIBLY If no serious bodily injury or death. Not available for Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) driver’s license. Only after expiration of one year of license revocation, and with compliance with other special conditions, if no serious bodily injury or death. None Available None Available
VEHICLE FORFEITURE POSSIBLY JUDGE’S DISCRETION JUDGE’S DISCRETION JUDGE’S DISCRETION
INTERLOCK DEVICE POSSIBLY At the discretion of the court or mandatory if certain conditions are present. POSSIBLY At the discretion of the court or mandatory if have prior DUI conviction in past 5 years. POSSIBLY At the discretion of the court or mandatory if have prior DUI conviction in past 5 years. POSSIBLY At the discretion of the court or mandatory if have prior DUI conviction in past 5 years.
ALCOHOL SAFETY/DUI SCHOOL OR VICTIM IMPACT PANEL MANDATORY POSSIBLY POSSIBLY POSSIBLY
REHABILITATION PROGRAM JUDGE’S DISCRETION JUDGE’S DISCRETION JUDGE’S DISCRETION JUDGE’S DISCRETION
COMMUNITY SERVICE JUDGE’S DISCRETION JUDGE’S DISCRETION JUDGE’S DISCRETION JUDGE’S DISCRETION 

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