Chattanooga DUI Lawyer

Results-Driven Legal Representation in Your First or Subsequent DUI Charge

When faced with a DUI, whether it is your first charge or you have multiple in your criminal history, you will need a dedicated and caring advocate by your side who knows how to fight. Our female-led firm at the Law Offices of Meredith Mochel has handled many DUI cases throughout our years of criminal law practice, and we aim to provide results-driven and down-to-earth representation for clients. We will communicate openly with you, as well as keep you informed of your case every step of the way. Let our team defend you against your DUI accusations today.

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What Constitutes a DUI?

In Tennessee, it is prohibited to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle while:

  • possessing a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or more (.04% or more for commercial drivers); or
  • while under the influence of any intoxicant, alcohol, controlled substance, marijuana, or other drug.

Note that regarding the latter situation, being “under the influence” means being impaired in such a way that affects the driver’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Penalties and Sentencing for Multiple Offenses

The penalties upon conviction for DUI will depend on several factors, including the severity of the incident and whether the driver has any prior DUI convictions.

First offense DUIs generally result in a sentencing range including:

  • up to 11 months and 29 days in jail;
  • $350-$1,500 fine;
  • license revocation for 1 year (with possibility of obtaining a restricted license);
  • alcohol and drug treatment program;
  • restitution to any person suffering physical injury or personal loss.

A second offense DUI is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by:

  • up to 11 months and 29 days in prison (mandatory minimum of 45 days);
  • $600-$3,500 fine;
  • license revocation for 2 years;
  • DUI school and/or attendance at a victim’s impact panel program, as well as alcohol/drug assessment/treatment.

A third offense DUI is also a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a similar sentencing guideline, though the mandatory minimum prison time rises to 120 days; the fines increase to $1,100-$10,000; and the license revocation period will be for 6 years.

Fourth offense DUIs are more serious at the Class E felony level, and conviction could result in the following penalties:

  • up to 6 years in prison (mandatory minimum of 150 days);
  • $3,000-$15,000 in fines;
  • 8-year license revocation;
  • DUI school and/or attendance at a victim’s impact panel program, as well as alcohol/drug assessment/treatment.

Fifth DUIs are charged as Class D felonies with a similar sentencing range as fourth offense DUIs, though the prison time increases to 12 years. Sixth DUIs also have similar penalties as fourth DUIs, though sixth offense DUIs are charged as Class C felonies and could require up to 15 years in prison.

Lastly, seventh and subsequent DUI offenses are also charged as Class C felonies and have a sentencing range of 3-15 years in prison, as well as the same penalties for fines, license revocation, and DUI school and treatment as fourth DUIs.

Get Started On Your Defense Today

If you have been charged with a DUI in Chattanooga, TN, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Meredith Mochel for legal assistance immediately. When it comes to DUI charges, time is of the essence; the sooner you contact an attorney, the stronger your defense can be with the readily available evidence. Our firm has handled lots of DUI cases in Chattanooga before, and we will be sure to keep you informed and reassured throughout the legal process as we defend you against harsh or unfair charges.

Let the Law Offices of Meredith Mochel defend you against your first or subsequent DUI charge today. Call (423) 250-1499 or contact the firm online to get started.

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