Felony DUI in Tennessee
Murfreesboro DUI Attorney
One driving under the influence (DUI) conviction can cause significant legal and administrative penalties.
Multiple DUI convictions escalate the penalties with each incident. If enough occur
within a certain amount of time, it will be considered a class E felony
DUI with some of the harshest penalties the Tennessee criminal justice
system has to offer.
Start thinking about how you are going to protect yourself and your driving
privileges now. Call
888.988.5578 to speak with Murfreesboro DUI Attorney Joshua T. Crain about your case.
Accolades and accomplishments that set Attorney Crain apart:
10.0 “Superb” Avvo rating
Former prosecutor with national awards
Dozens of positive client testimonials
Time is not on your side when the state wants to prosecute and convict
you. Act as soon as you can by
contacting our law firm at your first opportunity.
How DUIs Become Felonies
Tennessee considers the fourth active DUI on a driver’s record to
be a felony, regardless of the details involved in the previous DUIs.
In the state, there is a 10-year lookback period for DUIs. Once you are
convicted of a DUI, it becomes “active” and the lookback period
begins. If you are convicted another time, the 10-year period starts anew
and the most recent and all previous DUI convictions are considered active.
If you have three active DUIs on your record when you are charged for
a fourth one, it will be a felony charge capable of inflicting strict
Punishment for felony DUI convictions can include:
1 to 6 years in jail (150 day minimum)
$15,000 fine ($3,000 minimum)
5-year license suspension (permanent in some cases)
Removal of restricted license options
Vehicle seizure or forfeiture to the state
Ignition interlock device (IID) with monthly taxes
In addition to the aforementioned penalties implemented by the court system,
you should be aware of the informal yet devastating consequences a felony
conviction can cause to your day-to-day life. You will likely lose job
opportunities, educational prospects, and may be evicted by landlords
in some circumstances. The removal of your driving privileges can also
burden you in numerous ways, including making it impossible to go to work,
or losing your child custody rights because you cannot take your child
to school or necessary events.
Your Freedom is Our Goal
You are looking at some of the heaviest consequences once you are charged
with a felony DUI in Tennessee. Our criminal defense lawyer in Murfreesboro
is tenacious when it comes to having charges reduced or abated, or having
them dismissed outright. Let us begin exploring your legal options during a
free initial case review. All you need to do is call
888.988.5578 and tell us what happened.