The Penalties For Drunk Driving Are Serious

DUI charges can have major consequences. If you are convicted, you risk losing your driver's license, spending time in jail, incurring high insurance premiums and exponential fees. A conviction can impact your future career opportunities, your ability to travel and your financial stability. At Ogle, Wyrick & Associates, P.C., in Sevierville, our lawyers have decades of combined experience and work to protect your future.

Understanding Possible Disciplinary Actions

DUI offenses carry different penalties based on the driver's history and the distinct circumstances under which the incident happened. Our attorneys have an in-depth understanding of all potential disciplinary actions and are committed to challenging the charges against you.

Penalties and fees vary depending on:

  • Number of offenses
  • The driver's willingness to submit to a chemical test
  • If another person was injured or killed by the driver's actions
  • The presence of passengers under 18 years of age
  • The age of the driver

Tennessee is an implied consent state. This means that as a driver you are subject to submitting a chemical test when stopped by law enforcement. If you refuse to submit to a test, the state can revoke your driver's license from one to five years depending on if this is your first offense and if anyone was injured or killed as a result of a car crash.

First DUI Offense

  • Crime: Class A misdemeanor
  • Mandatory jail time: 48 hours
  • Fines: $350-$1,500
  • Punishment: One year of license revocation. Participation in an alcohol and drug treatment program. Required to use an ignition interlock device. Payment of restitution in the event of a crash. May spend up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.

Second DUI Offense

  • Crime: Class A misdemeanor
  • Mandatory jail time: 45 days
  • Fines: $600-$3,500
  • Punishment: Two years of license revocation. Participation in an alcohol and drug treatment program. Required to use an ignition interlock device. Subject to forfeit your vehicle. Payment of restitution in the event of a crash. May spend up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.

Third DUI Offense

  • Crime: Class A misdemeanor
  • Mandatory jail time:120 days
  • Fines: $1,100-$10,000
  • Punishment: Six years of license revocation. Participation in an alcohol and drug treatment program. Required to use an ignition interlock device. Subject to forfeit your vehicle. Payment of restitution in the event of a crash. May spend up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.

Four Or More Subsequent DUI Offenses

  • Crime: Class E felony
  • Mandatory jail time: Mandatory 150 days
  • Fines: $3,000-$15,000
  • Punishment: Eight years of license revocation. Participation in an alcohol and drug treatment program. Required to use an ignition interlock device. Subject to forfeit your vehicle. Payment of restitution in the event of a crash. May spend anywhere from one to six years in jail.

Punishments and fines are typically subject to the discretion of the judge and may vary depending on your circumstances and the defense strategies of your legal team.

Standing Up For Your Rights

Whether you are facing a first offense or a subsequent offense, your lawyers can help. We will fight for your rights and the most favorable results from the moment you contact us. To arrange an initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, email our office or call 865-280-1122 today. Don't wait; we must take action immediately in order to build the most effective defense.