Metro Nashville police recently released a statement indicating they have been provided additional funding through the Governor’s Highway Safety Office which has allowed them to use extra duty police officers to target individuals suspected of driving under the influence. The department reports that the extra duty police officers have arrested over 400 people this year charged with DUI in Nashville. The Metro Nashville DUI Unit has arrested 689 people charged with DUI. It is expected that the officers will continue targeting DUI arrests in high crime areas as well as areas known for DUI … [Read more...]

Nashville DUI Attorney Explains: New DUI Law for 2012 in Tennessee

The current Tennessee DUI law provides that a police officer may request that a person who is suspected of drinking and driving submit to either a breath or blood test to determine their BAC (Blood-Alcohol Concentration). If the individual elects not to submit to the BAC test they have violated the Tennessee implied consent law and will lose their license for a period of one year. On May 20, 2011, the Tennessee legislature passed an amendment to the current DUI law in Tennessee. The new DUI law in Tennessee provides that anyone who has a prior DUI conviction, vehicular homicide due to … [Read more...]

Nashville DUI Lawyers Explain the Constitutionality of DUI Checkpoints

Even to non-lawyers, DUI checkpoints appear to be a blatant violation of our 4th Amendment rights. It is a stop without probable cause, so why is it permitted? How is it not a violation of our constitutional rights? The reality is that it IS a violation of the 4th Amendment, but some violations are permitted under the appropriate circumstances. Here’s why… The facts surrounding the case that answered this question began in the mid 1980’s in Michigan. The State police set up a check-point. Citizens filed suit (Michigan v. Sitz) seeking an order precluding the state police from using DUI … [Read more...]

Nashville Criminal Attorneys Explain: DUI on a bicycle in Nashville, really?

Odd blog topic? Maybe, but these are the types of questions that get tossed out at cocktail parties when folks are trying to figure out their best way home. The answer is ‘No’, you cannot receive a DUI for riding a bicycle - not in Tennessee, anyway. Unlike several other states, which prohibit the use or operation of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the DUI statute in Tennessee prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence. Intoxicated and driving a lawnmower in Nashville? DUI.  Decide your moped is safer to drive home after drinking to the … [Read more...]

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