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Is a DUI a Felony in TN?

Most people who are charged with a DUI are first-time offenders. A momentary lapse in judgment can have serious repercussions. If you are charged with driving under the influence, you may be wondering if you could be charged with a felony under Tennessee law, which carries a more significant prison sentence.

If you have received a DUI, the first step you need to take is to speak with a Tennessee DUI lawyer.

Tennessee law prohibits anyone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher from operating a motor vehicle. Under the state’s implied consent law, a police officer can request you submit to alcohol testing if the officer has reason to believe that you are impaired.

Signs of Impairment

A police officer can only pull a driver over if the person is exhibiting signs of impairment, which may entail any of the following behaviors:

DUI Penalties

In Tennessee, a fourth DUI offense is a Class E felony. Prior offenses are misdemeanors unless aggravating circumstances exist. Aggravating circumstances include child endangerment if you caused another person serious bodily injury or if there were any fatalities as a result of your driving intoxicated.

The following penalties will apply under Tennessee law:

First DUI Offense

Second DUI Offense

Third DUI Offense

Fourth DUI and Subsequent DUI Offenses

Reach Out to a Knowledgeable Tennessee DUI Defense Attorney Today

A DUI can affect your ability to secure a job, rent or buy a home, and obtain professional licensure. If you have been charged with a DUI, you need to speak with a DUI attorney who has experience representing clients accused of driving impaired. To arrange your initial consultation, contact the Law Offices of Joshua T. Crain online or by phone.