Once the work week has finished, it can be exciting to know that the weekend is finally here and we can go de-stress, have a few drinks, and enjoy our time with our friends. Most people carpool, take an Uber or Lyft, or they decide to drive themselves. We are so busy having a good time that we don’t realize how much we have been drinking and get in the car to head home. This is the worst possible thing you can do and it can either end in one of two ways – you get pulled over by the police or you get into a car accident and injury or kill someone.


Neither scenario is ideal and can lead to a DUI arrest which can lead to some hefty fines and possibly a jail term and suspended license. If the police pull you over and issue you a DUI, you need to consult with an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible. Our skilled lawyers at the Phillips Finney law firm have years of experience handling DUI cases.




In Tennessee, a DUI is issued when a person is driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or above – which is the legal limit. However, it is definitely possible to receive DUI penalties if you refuse a blood alcohol test or if you drive with less than the legal limit. DUI penalties vary depending on different circumstances including implied consent, repeat offenders, underage drinking and driving, and the requirement of an ignition interlock device. While the punishment varies depending on the factors, you can almost guarantee that license suspension, license revocation, jail time, and/or fines will apply.


As well, you might also be required to take a drug and alcohol prevention program and the installment of an ignition interlock device would be at your expense. A DUI conviction is no laughing matter and can hurt your driving record. For the best DUI defense, we recommend you call one of our DUI lawyers at Phillips Finney Law. We are well trained in DUI cases and can fight for the best outcome for your case.




If you have a DUI conviction in Tennessee, there are ways that you can get it removed with a DUI expungement. There are ways to get it expunged from your record at no cost to you however, it could require a fee if otherwise. To get a DUI conviction expunged for free, either charges have to be dismissed or a judge or jury has to give you a “not guilty” verdict. However, if your DUI conviction resulted in a diversion, then you would have to pay a fee for the expungement.


A diversion is when a judge agrees to divert a DUI charge as long as the defendant pleads guilty and accepts the conditions dictated by the judge. Once the diversionary period is completed, then the DUI charge can be expunged, however, the defendant must return to court to request the expungement. Having a DUI on your record can seriously damage your reputation and possibly hurt your chances for employment and other opportunities that require a background check. However, it doesn’t have to.




When we go out on the weekends, the last thing we think about is getting pulled over and being issued a DUI or worse – experiencing a DUI accident. However, it if happens, call our law firm and we will be there to provide you with the legal representation appropriate for your case. We will fight for your rights and work towards the best outcome for your case.


Call Us Now for Quality Legal Representation You Can Count On!


Phillips Finney Law
4235 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 997-1325


DUI 1st

Penalties for a first DUI in Tennessee include:

  • a minimum of 48 hours in jail plus 11 months and 29 days on probation
  • If tests prove blood alcohol over .20 the mandatory minimum jail sentence increases from 48 hours to 7 days…

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DUI 2nd

Penalties for a second Tennessee DUI include:

  • mandatory 45 days in jail up to 11 months 29 days
  • 25 days must be served in jail and up to 20 days can be replaced by inpatient or intensive outpatient alcohol or drug treatment with 1 day of jail credit awarded for every 9 hours of intensive outpatient treatment completed and inpatient treatment credited day for day…

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DUI 3rd

Penalties for a third Tennessee DUI include:

  • A minimum of 120 days in jail up to 11 months 29 days
  • Up to 65 days of the mandatory 120 days must be served day for day and the remaining 55 days may be offset with drug and alcohol treatment credit after an approved clinical addiction assessment…

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Felony DUI (4th Or More)

In Tennessee a 4th DUI conviction in 10 years is a felony offense punishable by a mandatory minimum 150 days in jail and up to 6 years in prison or on probation…


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DUI Laws In Nashville

Before you decide to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks, you should understand the DUI laws within Tennessee. Drunk driving is illegal in Tennessee and anyone found to be driving under the influence will face DUI charges. These are not to be taken lightly since drunk driving can result in drunk driving accidents and even fatalities. If one is lucky enough, no other person will be involved but yet you will still have to deal with DUI penalties…


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DUI Penalties In Nashville

Drinking and driving is never a good idea and can get result in serious DUI penalties. One can receive harsh fines and penalties from refusing a blood alcohol test, and more severe penalties for repeat convicted DUI offenders. These penalties vary depending on circumstances and can accumulate one on top of the other. These penalties can be a drug and alcohol program, jail time, fines, and/or license suspension or revocation…


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DUI Conviction In Nashville

If you get pulled over for driving under the influence, you can almost guarantee that you will expect a DUI conviction. However, it is possible to get the DUI charges reduced or dismissed. There are several defenses that criminal defense lawyers use in court to this end, some of which may apply to your unique circumstances. This can result in the judge and jury finding you not guilty or dismissing the charges altogether…


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DUI Expungement In Nashville

Having a DUI conviction on your driving record is damaging to your reputation and can create problems later on in life. It can prevent you from carrying a gun in Tennessee, as well as cause problems with travel, employment, and insurance. A decision to go out drinking and driving can create this mess of issues that will follow you forever. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. There is a chance that you can have the DUI charge removed from your driving record; this is called an expungement…


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DUI Defense In Nashville

Driving drunk can lead to serious consequences such as jail time, fines, attending a DUI school, and additional costs for installing an ignition interlock device. These penalties vary depending on the severity of the DUI and whether it is a repeat offense. Regardless, it is the last thing anyone wants to deal with especially if we had a good night having fun and drinking with friends. People make mistakes and assume that they are more than capable to drive home after a night of drinking…


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