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 very harmful to the defense of your DUI charge in Tennessee. Always discuss your case with a Nashville DUI attorney.

Q: Can I be charged with a DUI for sleeping in my car while it is parked in Tennessee?

A: Yes. Although the Tennessee DUI statute distinguishes between driving and being in physical control of a motor vehicle, both are violations of the Tennessee DUI law. If this describes your case you should immediately contact a Nashville DUI attorney.

Q: Is a DUI charge in Tennessee always a misdemeanor?

A: Not always. Repeat offenders and under some circumstances your DUI charge may be elevated to a felony charge.

Q: What are the effects of a felony DUI charge in Tennessee?

A: A felony DUI charge in Tennessee carries the same consequences as other felony convictions. You should always contact a DUI Attorney to discuss your particular case.

Q: What is a SR-22?

A: SR22 is a document which provides evidence that you have obtained additional insurance which may be required as a condition to reinstatement of your driver’s license following a DUI conviction.

Q: Will my car insurance rates increase following a DUI conviction in Tennessee?

A: Yes, and often substantially.

If you have been charged with a DUI in Nashville, contact a Nashville DUI Attorney today. Former Nashville Prosecutor Joel Crim has handled thousands of DUI cases and our attorneys will gladly help you defend against your DUI charges.

Disclaimer: This DUI blog entry addresses common questions and is not intended to address any particular case or set of facts. Additionally, it is not intended to create an attorney – client relationship with its readers. If you have questions regarding your DUI charge, contact an attorney directly.

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