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Call Our Knoxville DUI Attorney at (865) 896-9971 for Proven Defense

Have you been arrested for driving under the influence? Our Knoxville DUI attorney has represented countless DUI cases and knows how impactful the consequences could be on your life. Operating a motor vehicle with any amount of drugs or alcohol in your system could result in irreversible damage to your future, reputation and well-being.

You don’t deserve to have society stereotype you based on your record, but that’s exactly what will happen if you are convicted of a DUI in Tennessee. Allow us to protect your rights and your reputation by working to reduce or dismiss your charges and give you a clean start. Call us at (865) 896-9971 to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case.

Misdemeanor vs. Felony DUI

It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or .04% if you are a commercial driver. If you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, you will be told to take a breathalyzer test and/or field sobriety test. If you fail any of these tests, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, even if you only had one drink before driving.

Tennessee penalizes DUI offenders based on the frequency and level of the alleged offense:

1st time DUI offender

  • Misdemeanor
  • 48 hours to 11 months and 29 days in jail, and at least 7 days in jail for a .20 BAC
  • License revocation for 1 year
  • $350 to $1,500 fine
  • Restitution to any person suffering physical injury or personal loss
  • Participation in a drug and alcohol treatment program
  • Ignition Interlock Device installed at your expense

2nd time DUI offender

  • Misdemeanor
  • 45 days to 11 months and 29 days in jail
  • License revocation for 2 years
  • $600 to $3,500 fine
  • Restitution to any person suffering physical injury or personal loss
  • Participation in a drug and alcohol treatment program
  • Ignition Interlock Device installed at your expense
    • If you commit two DUIs in 5 years, an Ignition Interlock Device is required for 6 months after reinstatement, at your expense
  • Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeiture

3rd time DUI offender

  • Misdemeanor
  • 120 days to 11 months and 29 days in jail
  • License revocation for 6 years
  • $1,100 to $10,000 in fines
  • Participation in a drug and alcohol treatment program
  • Ignition Interlock Device installed at your expense
    • If you commit two DUIs in 5 years, an Ignition Interlock Device is required for 6 months after reinstatement, at your expense
  • Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeiture

4th and subsequent DUI offender

  • Class E felony
  • 150 days to 1 year in jail
  • License revocation for 8 years
  • $3,000 to $15,000 in fines
  • Participation in a drug and alcohol treatment program
  • Ignition Interlock Device installed at your expense
    • If you commit two DUIs in 5 years, an Ignition Interlock Device is required for 6 months after reinstatement, at your expense
  • Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeiture

Child endangerment: DUI with passenger under 18 years old

  • Class D felony if a child suffers serious injury
    • 2 to 12 years in jail
    • License revocation
  • Class B felony if child death is involved
    • 8 to 30 years in jail
    • License revocation

You May Lose Other Licenses

It is a commonly held belief that DUI convicts only get their driver’s license revoked. While this is partially true, those guilty of a DUI could also lose professional licenses needed to sustain a career. Without both a driver’s license and professional license, your life could be impacted dramatically.

Numerous professions may revoke your license following a DUI conviction, including but not limited to:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Insurance agents
  • Real estate agents
  • Driving services
  • At-will employees

No license, no job. Do not gamble your financial stability following a DUI charge. Instead, contact our experienced defense lawyer as soon as you’ve been accused.

Helping You Avoid DUI Penalties at All Costs

We understand how nerve-wracking and stressful a DUI charge can be. This offense comes with a lot of consequences outside of the standard jail time and fines associated with it. Having a DUI conviction on your record could taint your livelihood for good, and our team is committed to fighting against that chance.

From the moment you retain our legal counsel, we will guide you throughout the legal process. Call the Law Office of Joseph A. Fanduzz at (865) 896-9971 today!