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...]

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 DUI Lawyer’s Random Fact

The ‘breathalyzer’ is actually the brand name of the breath analyzer products originally developed and sold by…Smith and Wesson…the largest manufacturer of handguns in the United States.   … [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: DUI Checkpoints on New Years Eve

New Years Eve is undoubtedly is the busiest time of the year for Nashville DUI officers and the month of January becomes the busiest month for DUI lawyers in Nashville. Check points will be set up throughout the city of Nashville, beginning around 6 pm and ending around 4 am Saturday morning. In Franklin,'Operation DUI Blitz' will be in effect with additional officers patrolling and at least one known DUI checkpoint in Franklin between Cool Springs Blvd and Baker's Bridge along Carothers. Inevitably, many will choose to drink too much and then get behind the wheel. If you find yourself … [Read more...]

Why the Same Criminal Charges May Result in Different Sentences in Tennessee

Recently, I had a client who was facing criminal charges in Nashville. It was a felony drug case and he faced a relatively lengthy sentence. He asked me why a friend of his who had been charged with the same offense had received a different plea offer from the Nashville District Attorney. It’s a common question, but explaining why the plea offers were different is impossible without knowing all of the circumstances surrounding the other case. The length of a criminal sentence in Tennessee depends on a number of factors and knowing the criminal charge or charges is only one part of the equation … [Read more...]

Six Things to Look for When Hiring a Criminal or DUI Lawyer in Nashville

1. A Lawyer who has Experience Defending Criminal Cases and DUI’s in Nashville. The law may be the same, but each court will be different with its procedures, likes and dislikes. No amount of education can substitute for experience. The best criminal defense or DUI lawyers will be familiar with the procedures of each court and know the judges and prosecutors tendencies to do things in a particular manner. With a former Metropolitan – Nashville and Davidson County prosecuting attorney on staff, our Nashville criminal and DUI defense lawyers have years of experience handling thousands 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...]

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