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DUI Defense Lawyer in Dickson County, TN

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A DUI conviction can have a variety of detrimental effects on your life, such as jail time, fines, loss of your driver’s license, and more. DUI charges are among the most common heard in Tennessee courts and often involve individuals who otherwise have had little or no experience with criminal law or courts, which they often hire a skilled criminal defense attorney to protect their rights and freedom.

At Belmares Law, PLLC, we are devoted to fighting for the best outcome for our clients facing a variety of drunk driving matters. You will work directly with Attorney Leonard G. Belmares, II, who can understand what you’re going through, educate you on how the criminal justice system works, and get the most favorable outcome possible. We are here to forward your best interests, to address all aspects of your case, and to use our considerable legal skills and experience on your behalf.

DUI arrest? Get a free case analysis from our Dickson County DUI defense lawyer by calling (833) 355-0310 as soon as possible.

What is a DUI in Tennessee?

You can be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in the state based on the subjective testimony of law enforcement or if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measured .08 percent or higher as an adult (known as “per se” DUI). For those under the age of 21, if your BAC measured .02 percent or higher, you can be arrested for DUI.

In a first offense within the last 10 years, it will be up to the judge to determine your exact penalties when convicted of a DUI within the following guidelines:

  • 48 hours minimum up to a year in jail; 7 days minimum jail time for those with a BAC measuring .20 percent or higher

  • Loss of your license for up to a year; however, a restricted license may be available

  • Fines ranging from $350 up to $1,500

  • Participation in an alcohol or drug treatment program and/or DUI “school”

  • Restitution to anyone whom you caused to suffer injury or property loss

  • An ignition interlock to be installed and maintained in your vehicle at your own expense

The financial damage of a first-offense DUI could add up to close to $5,000 which includes towing, bail, increased auto insurance premiums, court costs, DUI school costs, license reinstatement, and legal fees.

If you had a passenger under the age of 18 in your car when arrested for DUI, your minimum jail time will be increased by 30 days. In some cases, you may be allowed to continue working during the day if you return to jail at night or you may be allowed to complete 400 hours of community service in lieu of jail time.

Multiple DUIs within 10 Years

Second, third, and subsequent DUIs within a 10-year time frame will result in increasingly harsher incarceration times, fines, and other penalties. A second offense will lead to a minimum of 45 days in jail, fines of up to $6,000, and a two-year license loss. In a third offense, jail time increases to a minimum of 120 days, fines increase to up to $10,000, and your license will be revoked for six years.

A fourth DUI will be charged as a felony with a minimum jail time of 150 days, fines of up to $15,000, and a license revocation of up to eight years.

Get Legal Assistance from an Experienced Trial Lawyer

As you can see, the repercussions of a DUI can be severe. Aside from the penalties listed above, you will be faced with a permanent criminal record if convicted. Belmares Law, PLLC can investigate every facet of your arrest in search of legal errors, violations of your rights, faulty chemical testing, and more. We have a passion for fighting for your rights and best interests throughout the duration of your case. Do not hesitate to let us defend you in court and help you get back on track.

Call our Dickson County DUI attorney at (833) 355-0310 or contact us online today.

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