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dui penalties

what to expect

Being convicted of a DUI offense carries both legal and financial penalties. From jail time to the costs associated with a DUI offense in Tennessee add up quickly. While the majority of the costs come from fines and court fees, there are numerous other costs associated with probation, DUI school, and other fees.


range of Penalties

* If BAC is .20 or greater, minimum is 7 consecutive days.
** 365 days with minimum 150 consecutive days.
*** Pay restitution to any person suffering physical injury or personal loss.
**** A 6th offense DUI is classified as a Class C Felony.
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more information

To access the comprehensive list of penalties associated with each DUI offense, select the particular offense below. 

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ignition interlock devices

An ignition interlock device is installed in DUI offenders vehicles. These devices require the vehicle operator to breathe into a tube, which then measures the person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) before the vehicle will start.

Most courts require DUI offenders install ignition interlock devices in their vehicles. To obtain a restricted drivers license, offenders are required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.

For offenders that receive two DUI convictions within five years, Tennessee state law requires that the device be installed and active for six months after the individual receives their reinstated driver’s license.

Costs associated with ignition interlock devices are steep. The minimum first year costs of an ignition interlock device can exceed $1,000.00. 

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Being charged with a DUI is life-altering. It is a set-back that no one can afford to take lightly.

Collins Legal’s DUI defense team has two priorities for all DUI clients.

  1. Dispose of the charge.
  2. Give clients the confidence to move forward with life.

With a decade of experience, our DUI defense team knows the prosecutions’ arguments, the requisite procedures officers should follow, and the law. The lead DUI defense attorney served as a DUI prosecutor for five years – in two separate District Attorney’s offices. Under his leadership, the DUI defense team ensures Collins Legal’s DUI clients are well taken care of.

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