Tennessee Criminal Defense
DUI Penalties in Tennessee You  Deserve Trial-Tested and Award-Winning Advocacy 



A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) in Tennessee can carry a laundry list of strict consequences. Depending on whether you have prior offenses on your record, penalties will vary in severity. Regardless of whether or not this is your first offense or fourth time being charged, a DUI is always a serious charge that requires the skillful defense of a knowledgeable lawyer to protect your freedom.

If you have been accused of DUI in Tennessee, Joshua T. Crain Attorney at Law is prepared to stand up and fight in your defense against the opposition’s claims. Having garnered a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating for his service as a Murfreesboro DUI lawyer, he is well equipped to handle your DUI charges and greatly improve your chances of securing a desirable outcome for your situation.

Take the first step towards retaining a top-notch defense by contacting his office online today!


All DUI convictions will result in the suspension of your license. At a minimum, your license can be suspended for one year. If you have several priors or if the circumstances surrounding your arrest were particularly egregious, a lifetime suspension can potentially be handed down. Not only can this put a great strain on your mobility, your ability to find employment may also be hindered as a result.


For any DUI charge, you will be required to install and use an Ignition Interlock Device (IID). An IID is essentially a breathalyzer that is fastened to the ignition of your vehicle, prohibiting you from driving if it detects illegal levels of alcohol on your breath. Unless you are able to provide a valid breath sample, you will be unable to start your car. To combat the possibility of a sober person providing a fraudulent test for an intoxicated driver, random tests are usually required while driving. If a valid sample cannot be provided, the device can set off an alarm and notify authorities.


A conviction for DUI carries the possibility of serving jail time, with varying amounts depending on the number of prior offenses.

Possible jail sentences are as follows:

  • A minimum of 48 hours and up to 11 months for a first offense
  • A minimum of 45 days and up to one year for a second offense
  • A minimum of 120 days and up to one year for a third offense
  • A minimum of 150 days and up to six years for a fourth offense


A myriad of heavy fines can result from a DUI conviction. Similarly to possible jail time, fines will vary depending on the number of offenses on a person’s record. These monetary consequences can potentially be devastating, leaving you in a deep financial hole.

The following ranges of fines can be imposed:

  • For a first offense, up to $1,500 in fines
  • For a second offense, up to $3,500 in fines
  • For a third offense, up to $10,000 in fines
  • For a fourth offense, up to $15,000 in fines


If you have been charged with DUI, it is imperative that you retain an aggressive defense as soon as possible to protect yourself against these harsh consequences. With the counsel of a former prosecutor, his legal team knows how the opposition thinks and can use this to your advantage, crafting a personalized defense that can tear apart the prosecution’s claims. While affordable, a public defender will likely not have the same tenacity nor the skill to handle your case. Make sure your future is protected by contacting a Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney today!

Call (615) 200-9409 today to take the first step towards results-driven representation.

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WHy Choose Joshua T. Crain?

  • Cutting – Edge Advocacy

    As a private attorney, Joshua has approached his cases with the same energy and drive that made him a successful prosecutor. His Tough defenses and aggressive approach have earned him a reputation in the community.

  • Not Your Average Attorney

    Joshua T. Crain is down to earth attorney that relates to the struggle of his clients. He understands what it is like to invest in something and views his clients as a person that he really wants to help.

  • Over a Decade of Trial Experience

    With over a decade of trial experience, Joshua T. Crain has the knowledge to know when to be aggressive and when to back off. This knowledge has resulted in several favorable outcomes.

  • Does Not Pass Judgement

    Joshua T. Crain does not pass judgments on his clients. He knows that one mistake does not define a person. He sees his clients for who they are and not the mistake that they made. 

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