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.
What is a DUI in Nashville, exactly?
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.
DUI Expungement Attorney in Nashville
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.
The DUI Lawyers at Phillips Finney Law serves clients in the Nashville area.
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.
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Phillips Finney Law
4235 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37215