Franklin, Brentwood & Columbia Drunk Driving Defense Attorney

Also serving Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, Lawrenceburg and Pulaski, Tennessee

Tennessee statutes against drunk driving are intentionally severe.  They are designed to discourage those considering driving while under the influence of alcohol from getting behind the wheel.  They are also meant to discourage repeat offenses for those who have a prior drunk driving offense conviction—and have considerably harsher penalties for causing an accident while driving drunk.

Alcohol-related traffic crashes in Tennessee

Drunk driving accidents in Tennessee are a serious problem.  Between 2003 and 2007, alcohol was responsible for more than 47,000 traffic crashes, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety.  More than 10,000 of those alcohol-related crashes resulted in fatalities.

Our own Franklin County experienced many alcohol-related traffic crashes during that same time period:

  • 61 in 2003
  • 60 in 2004
  • 73 in 2005
  • 80 in 2006
  • 50 in 2007

A 2008 report by the Tennessee Department of Safety revealed that nearly 6 percent of all crashes in 2006 were alcohol related.  It also reported that alcohol was responsible for between 32 and 37 percent of auto fatalities annually from 2003 to 2006.

Drunk driving charges

Jail time Fines License revocation Vehicle seizure
First conviction 48 hours (seven days if BAC is .20% or more) $350–$1500 One year Does not apply
Second conviction 45 days to 11 months, 29 days $600–$3500 Two years Subject to seizure and forfeiture
Third conviction 120 days to 11 months, 29 days $1100–$10,000 Three to ten years Subject to seizure and forfeiture
Fourth-plus conviction 150 days to maximum allowable for a Class E felony $3000–$15,000 Five years (to indefinite) Subject to seizure and forfeiture

How a drunk driving defense lawyer in Franklin can help you

An experienced criminal defense lawyer experienced in DUI may be able to reduce the severity of your charges by carefully analyzing all of the circumstances and evidence related to your arrest, making sure that your rights were protected, that all tests were properly administered, and that the courts consider any extenuating circumstances or good history.

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Call the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates if you need a DUI attorney in Columbia

Clients rely on the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates to protect their interests through criminal defense cases. They know we do everything we can to aggressively pursue justice on their behalf.  We can do the same for you.  Call us today at (615) 412-1121 or use our convenient online form to schedule your free initial consultation.