MNPD Media Release – Nashville DUI Checkpoint on Friday, August 17, 2012

Officers from the police department’s DUI Unit will be joined by troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol in staffing a sobriety checkpoint Friday night, August 17, into the early morning hours of Saturday, August 18, on West End Avenue east of I-440. So far this year, 22% of all fatal crashes in Nashville (9 of 41) have involved impaired drivers.  Blood alcohol test results are pending in more recent traffic fatality cases. … [Read more...]


Over the Memorial holiday weekend, Metro Nashville Police Department, the Tennessee highway patrol and other local law enforcement agencies intend on setting up checkpoints around frequently traveled areas each evening over the weekend. Examples of common DUI checkpoints in Nashville typically include checkpoints along West End Avenue, Hillsboro Road, and Broadway. This weekend has historically proven itself to be one of the deadliest weekends throughout the year, with more fatal car accidents than any other holiday. Nearly 50% of all traffic related fatalities involve alcohol as a … [Read more...]


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 Criminal Lawyers Explain: The ONLY way to BEAT a DUI in Tennessee

Often, I’ll see other DUI attorneys offer advice as to how to ‘beat a DUI’. If you look closely at the suggestions, they aren’t actually offering advice on beating a DUI. They are 1.) Offering standard tips which are common sense if you’ve been drinking (or arrested), or they 2.) Consist of reasons DUI charges are often reduced or dismissed. The latter consist of things entirely out of your control, such as whether the officer followed proper procedures in administering sobriety tests and breathalyzer. It is typically good advice, but don’t buy into the thought that there is any fool proof way … [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...]

Nashville DUI Lawyers Explain: Uniqueness of DUI Charges in Tennessee

Driving under the influence (or DUI) is one of the few crimes in Tennessee which is often committed by ‘non-criminals’, meaning they are individuals who do not have a criminal history at all or have little criminal history. These citizens often have no tendency to commit violent crimes and the crime is just as likely to be committed by a member of any socio-economic faction.  Aside from a traffic citation, DUI is perhaps the one crime that even upstanding members of society may commit and because of that, it’s perception as to its degree of seriousness is undermined. The consequences of … [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...]

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...]

Out On Bail: The Function And Enforcement Of Bail In America

There is a certain mystique surrounding bail bondsmen and the bounty hunters hired to enforce bail. Most of the public perceives this line of work as shady, and straddling the line between legitimate and criminal. Bail bondsmen are thought to associate with criminals, exploit those in need, hire trigger happy bounty hunters, and operate above the law. These are common misconceptions fueled by inadequate knowledge of the bail bonding system and the incorrect portrayals of bondsmen and their agents in Hollywood films and television shows. In reality, most bondsmen are not ex-cons or felons. They … [Read more...]

Different Types of Bond in Tennessee

Different Types of Bond in Tennessee: Cash Bond (Is returned provided you show for all required court appearances) Property Bond (The property must be equal to 1.5 times the amount of bond set) Surety (Through a bail bondsman and requires ten percent of the bail by the individual who has been charged) Release on Recognizance (The court determines the individual charged is not likely to flee and no bond is necessary) In Tennessee, if the bond set exceeds $75,000.00 and the individual charged has the ability to post the bond, he must also show the court how he was able to pay the … [Read more...]

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