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 DUI2nd OFFENSE DUI3rd OFFENSE DUI4th or SUBSEQUENT  OFFENSE DUI
PUNISHMENTClass A Misdemeanor11 months, 29 days Class A Misdemeanor11 months, 29 days Class A Misdemeanor11 months, 29 days Class E FelonyOne to six years
JAIL TIMEYES Mandatory minimum 48 hours (7 days if blood alcohol concentration is .20% or higher)YES Mandatory minimum45 daysYES Mandatory minimum120 daysYES Mandatory minimum150 days
FINESMinimum fine $350Maximum fine $1,500Minimum fine $600Maximum fine $3,500Minimum fine $1,100Maximum fine $10,000Minimum fine $3,000Maximum fine $15,000
WORK RELEASEAfter 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-UPYES Mandatory 24 hours of roadside litter pick-up.NONONO
DUI ASSESSMENTYES $100YES $100YES $100YES $100
BLOOD ALCOHOL OR DRUG CONCENTRATION TEST FEEYES $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 REVOCATION1 year2 yearsMinimum 6 yearsMaximum 10 yearsMinimum 8 years
RESTRICTED DRIVER’S LICENSEPOSSIBLY 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 AvailableNone Available
VEHICLE FORFEITUREPOSSIBLYJUDGE’S DISCRETIONJUDGE’S DISCRETIONJUDGE’S DISCRETION
INTERLOCK DEVICEPOSSIBLY 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 PANELMANDATORYPOSSIBLYPOSSIBLYPOSSIBLY
REHABILITATION PROGRAMJUDGE’S DISCRETIONJUDGE’S DISCRETIONJUDGE’S DISCRETIONJUDGE’S DISCRETION
COMMUNITY SERVICEJUDGE’S DISCRETIONJUDGE’S DISCRETIONJUDGE’S DISCRETIONJUDGE’S DISCRETION 
 
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