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DUI Mandatory Jail Sentences in Tennessee

It is amazing how many people are charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the state of Tennessee.  Most of these people think they are okay to drive due to the amount they have had to drink, the amount they have eaten, or the amount of time that has passed since consuming alcohol. 

Many of our clients explain their exact situation to us, after being charged, and we are surprised at how high their blood alcohol levels are considering their circumstances.  Many people are also surprised to learn of the jail sentences associated with DUI and blood alcohol levels. 

In Tennessee, if you are convicted of a DUI, the law says that you must serve a minimum mandatory jail sentence of 48 hours, which must be served all at the same time.  This is the minimum sentence and a DUI offender can serve up to 11 months 29 days in jail for a first offense DUI, in addition to other punishments.  

On a first offense, if your blood alcohol level is above 0.20, which is surprisingly common, the mandatory minimum jail sentence goes up to seven days in jail which must all be served at the same time.  After your first offense DUI, if you are convicted of subsequent offenses, the mandatory minimums go up substantially thereafter.  It is not uncommon for second offense DUI offenders to serve anywhere from 45 days in jail to up to one year.  Third offenses can cost an offender 120 days in jail and up to one year. 

Our law firm has successfully represented clients charged with DUI.  If you have been charged with a crime and need Lawyer to Represent You in a Criminal Law Case we can help! To Read More about our Criminal Litigation Services - Click Here




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