FELONY DUI CAN BE SERIOUS CONVICTION UNDER TENNESSEE DUI LAW
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.
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HOW MULTIPLE DUI CONVICTIONS 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 look back period for DUIs. Once you are convicted of a DUI, it becomes “active” and the look back 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 penalties.
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 lawyers in Murfreesboro are 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 (615) 848-2088 and tell us what happened.