Nashville Attorney Now on YouTube

Please visit our Nashville Attorney YouTube channel where we will occasionally post video-blogs about commonly asked questions. Our first video-blog is with Nashville Criminal Attorney and Former Davidson County Assistant District Attorney, Joel Crim, where he discusses Miranda Rights and their applicability to arrests and police interrogations. Whether you have been charged with a crime in Tennessee or have been injured in a car accident,  contact our Nashville Attorneys with any questions concerning your legal situation. … [Read more...]

New DUI Law Would Lower Legal Limit in Texas to .05

From Your Nashville Attorney: That’s right, .05. Texas lawmakers have proposed new legislature which would make it a criminal offense to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of between .05 and .07. The new law, a DWAI or Driving While Ability Impaired, which will be up for debate during January 2011 legislative session, has the support of the Austin Police Chief as well as Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD). Based on an examination of blood alcohol charts, it would take anyone who weighs less than 140 lbs approximately two drinks in the course of an hour to reach .05 and … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving from your Nashville Criminal Lawyers

Your Nashville Criminal Lawyers would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanskgiving. It is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the appreciation we have for our family and friends. Our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th. In the event of an emergency please use our contact page to send us an email and we will do our best to contact you as soon as possible. Again, Happy Thanksgiving from your Nashville Criminal Defense Attorneys, Michael Shipman and Joel Crim. … [Read more...]

Can I be convicted of a DUI in Nashville even if I haven’t been drinking?

Yes. DUI is an acronym for driving under the influence which includes intoxicants other than just alcohol. In Tennessee, if a police officer has probable cause to believe a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the driver may be placed under arrest and charged with a DUI offense. As with all criminal charges, they must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and the lack of some objective test (such as blood or breach tests) creates an additional hurdle for prosecutors. If you have been charged with a DUI in the Nashville or Middle Tennessee area, consult with a former Davidson … [Read more...]

What is the Open Container Law in Tennessee?

Tennessee Open Container Law (T.C.A. 55-10-416) — (a)  (1) No driver shall consume any alcoholic beverage or beer or possess an open container of alcoholic beverage or beer while operating a motor vehicle in this state. (2) For purposes of this section: (A) “Open container” means any container containing alcoholic beverages or beer, the contents of which are immediately capable of being consumed or the seal of which has been broken; (B) An open container is in the possession of the driver when it is not in the possession of any passenger and is not located in a closed glove … [Read more...]

Common Questions for Nashville DUI Lawyers

Q: What is the legal blood alcohol content level (BAC) in Tennessee? A: You can be convicted of driving under the influence, per se, if your blood alcohol content level is .08 or greater. Q: In Tennessee, can a police officer force me to submit to a DUI breath test or perform field sobriety tests? A: No, an officer cannot force you submit to a breath test nor perform a field sobriety test. You should always be aware of the consequences, such as the possible loss of your driver’s license, for refusing to cooperate. Conversely, you may be providing evidence which could be potentially … [Read more...]

What Does a DUI Mean in Nashville?

How is a DUI charge defined under Tennessee law? Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-10-401 provides: Driving under the influence of intoxicant, drug or drug producing stimulant prohibited — Alcohol concentration in blood or breath. — (a)  It is unlawful for any person to drive or to be in physical control of any automobile or other motor driven vehicle on any of the public roads and highways of the state, or on any streets or alleys, or while on the premises of any shopping center, trailer park or any apartment house complex, or any other premises that is generally frequented by the public at … [Read more...]

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