There are severe penalties for drunk driving in Tennessee. Even first-time offenders face the possibility of a 11-month jail sentence. Additionally, a first DUI (driving under the influence) offense can result in mandatory litter pickup, probation, a license suspension, DUI school, and a minimum $350 fine. Here are a few DUI defense tips to help you avoid these serious consequences.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Knoxville, it is important to understand your rights. First of all, you have the right to not offer evidence against yourself. Under Tennessee law, you also have the right to refuse to take a field sobriety test. The refusal to take a field breath test, however, could result in a visit to the station for an official blood alcohol content test.