The town of Somerville, TN handles drunk driving cases for all of Fayette County. If you have been charged with this offense you’ll have to go to court at the courthouse there in Somerville. Except for certain types of traffic tickets, all Fayette County criminal matters are heard in Somerville.
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You may first want to know what’s going to happen in your DUI case. You probably have many questions to ask. What’s going to happen will depend greatly on the facts of your case, but let me go over some possible scenarios.
If convicted of DUI in Tennessee, a first-offense carries a minimum of 48 hours in jail and a $350 fine. You’ll be placed on probation for up to 11 months and 27 days, and will have to complete alcohol safety school.
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You may be ordered to pick up trash along the road as part of probation, and you may have to install an ignition interlock device in your car.
Your driver’s license will be revoked for one year, but you’ll be able to apply for a restricted license which allows you to drive only for essential purposes such as going to and from work.
A DUI conviction in Tennessee is permanent, meaning it cannot be removed from your record later.
As you can see there are many consequences for this charge, and this is only a standard first offense.
Second offenses, or cases where there are aggravating circumstances such as a child in the car or a high blood alcohol content, have even greater consequences.
Can you fight your DUI charge? Absolutely, but your options are again going to depend on the facts of the case.
You should talk to a Somerville DUI lawyer to see if the police had probable cause to pull you over. This is the first analysis of any successful DUI defense. You also need to examine whether the police properly advised you on the field sobriety tests, and if you submitted to a breath test you need to look at whether they followed all the proper procedures.
The police make mistakes when it comes to the science of breath testing, but nobody on their side or at court is going to help you there. Only your lawyer will look for those things, and even then he or she might not if they don’t have the proper training, so you need to hire somebody who is experienced in this field and knows what to look for.
DUI cases are complex and carry many severe penalties. If you’re serious about getting the best result possible, contact Somerville DUI attorney Patrick Stegall. Based in Memphis, Stegall Law handles drunk driving and criminal matters all throughout West Tennessee, including Somerville and Fayette County.
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