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The maximum prescribed legal BAC limit in Tennessee is 0.08% per se
(effective from July 1st 2003)

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(If you’ve been charged with Tennessee DUI, the law allows 10 days for your Tennessee DUI Lawyer to make a request with the Tennessee Department of Safety for a hearing to save your driving license)

Tennessee DUI Laws and BAC limits

ALL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.08%
In the State of Tennessee it is crime for ANY driver to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.08% and above.

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.04% - ZERO TOLERANCE
It is a crime for commercial vehicle operators to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.00% or above.

MINOR (under the age of 21) - BAC LIMIT = 0.02%
It is a crime for persons under 21 years of age to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.02% or above.

It is a crime to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Tennessee and implied consent laws are enforced.

!! CAUTION - Driving Ability Impaired !!

You can be prosecuted in Tennessee without driving while you are over the legal prescribed bac limit.

Under Tennessee law, it is unlawful to drive with a BAC limit above the per se laws OR to drive while impaired under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Under this law the prosecution must show that the driver was IMPAIRED by alcohol and/or drugs. The level of impairment is usually based on observations and evidence of driving ability (or rather inability), physical appearance, field sobriety tests and any other relevant evidence which can help prove a persons driving ability was indeed impaired. Different amounts of alcohol can affect people in different ways, what may impair one persons driving ability and make them feel drunk, might not necessarily impair another persons driving ability.

Observations from a law enforcement officer that may lead to being stopped and arrested include:

  • Making a turn too widely or narrowly
  • Using two lanes, straddling the center line
  • Almost hitting someone or something
  • Weaving or drifting from one side of the road to another
  • Driving too slowly and being overly cautious
  • Driving too close to vehicle in front
  • Driving ON the center lines
  • Erratic braking
  • Swerving to correct course of vehicle

You can be charged with an offence regardless of your BAC level, as long as impairment can be proved to the legal extent necessary.

A skilled drunk driving attorney can help you defend any charges against you

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Penalties for DUI - Drunk Driving in Tennessee

Tennessee is a state with a ten-year ‘washout period’ also known as a 'look back period'.

ENHANCED PENALTIES

Child under 18 in vehicle at time of offense?

Sentence will be enhanced to include a mandatory minimum of 30 days incarceration in addition to the minimum incarceration period for the relevant offence AND a fine of $1,000 in addition to any other fine

OUT OF STATE CONVICTIONS

The state of Tennessee classes convictions of driving under the influence that occurred in any other State for all purposes pertaining to Tennessee DUI legislature.

All persons convicted of DUI must serve the difference between any jail time actually served and the maximum jail time that could be imposed for the relevant offence on probation.


First DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a first DUI - drunk driving conviction in Tennessee:

  • Fines: $350 to $1,500 fine
  • Jail Time: not less than 48 consecutive hours and no more than 11 months & 29 days in county jail (at the judges discretion, public service may be carried out in lieu of jail time for all but the mandatory minimum period required)

    [possibility of serving 200 hours of public service work in lieu of any jail time depending on the offenders jurisdiction]
  • Drivers License Revocation: 1 year drivers license revocation (can apply for an (IID) ignition interlock restricted drivers license)
  • Ignition Interlock Device: possible ignition interlock restriction for up to 1 year upon license reinstatement
  • 24 hours of litter removal on public roadways & property
  • attendance at DUI school
  • drug and alcohol assessment and/or treatment
  • Tennessee SR22 insurance requirement

Second DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a second DUI - drunk driving conviction in Tennessee:

  • Fines: $600 to $3,500 fine
  • Jail Time: not less than 45 consecutive days and no more than 11 months & 29 days in county jail (at the judges discretion, public service may be carried out in lieu of jail time for all but the mandatory minimum period required)
  • Drivers License Revocation: 2 years drivers license revocation (may be eligible for an (IID) ignition interlock restricted drivers license after 1 year revocation period has expired)
  • Ignition Interlock Device: possible ignition interlock restriction for 1 year upon license reinstatement
  • attendance at DUI school
  • drug and alcohol assessment and/or treatment
  • possible seizure / forfeiture of vehicle
  • Tennessee SR22 insurance requirement

Third DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Misdemeanor

The penalty for a third DUI - drunk driving conviction in Tennessee:

  • Fines: $1,100 to $10,000 fine
  • Jail Time: not less than 120 consecutive days and no more than 11 months & 29 days in county jail (at the judges discretion, public service may be carried out in lieu of jail time for all but the mandatory minimum period required)
  • Drivers License Revocation: 6 years drivers license revocation
  • Ignition Interlock Device: possible ignition interlock restriction for up to 1 year upon license reinstatement
  • attendance at DUI school
  • drug and alcohol assessment and/or treatment
  • possible seizure / forfeiture of vehicle
  • Tennessee SR22 insurance requirement

Fourth (and subsequent) DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Felony

The penalty for a fourth (and subsequent) DUI - drunk driving conviction in Tennessee:

  • Fines: $3,000 to $15,000 fine
  • Jail Time: not less than 150 consecutive days and no more than 6 years incarceration
  • Drivers License Revocation: 8 years drivers license revocation
  • Ignition Interlock Device: possible ignition interlock restriction for up to 1 year upon license reinstatement
  • attendance at DUI school
  • drug and alcohol assessment and/or treatment
  • possible seizure / forfeiture of vehicle
  • Tennessee SR22 insurance requirement

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Implied consent LAWS

Implied Consent Chemical Testing

It is not a criminal offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Tennessee although implied consent laws are enforced and a driver who refuses to submit to a test will have their drivers license revoked.

Penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test in Tennessee

In Tennessee, if the accused refuses to take a chemical test of their blood, breath or urine, their drivers license will be suspended/revoked.

Police officers do not need consent to administer a test from anyone suspected of drunk driving who has prior DUI convictions or has a child under the age of 16 in the car

First chemical test refusal

  • Drivers License Revocation: 1 year drivers license revocation

Second (and subsequent) chemical test refusal

  • Drivers License Revocation: 2 years drivers license revocation

Chemical test refusal revocations may run consecutively to any other revocation period imposed.

If a driver refuses to submit to a chemical test after being involved in an accident where 1 or more persons were seriously injured their drivers license will be revoked for 2 years.

If a driver refuses to submit to a chemical test where 1 or more persons were killed their drivers license will be revoked for 5 years.

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Tennessee SR22 insurance (High Risk auto Insurance)

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Tennessee SR-22 auto insurance can be required for a period of up to 5 years after a DUI - drunk driving - alcohol related driving conviction and can be very expensive if you go with the wrong provider. However if the SR22 is filed for a total of 3 years (36 months) within the 5 year period then the SR22 requirement can be cancelled providing it is not required for any other offense. If 5 years pass from the date of suspension before you reinstate your privileges, then the SR-22 would not be required.

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Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles in the state of Tennessee

The minimum mandatory liability insurance coverage required in the state of Tennessee for private passenger vehicles is (25/50/15). This equates to the following liability coverage:

  • $25,000 bodily injury liability (BIL) per person
  • $50,000 for two or more people in one accident
  • $15,000 property damage liability (PDL) coverage

What is (BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance?

(BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance coverage will pay for serious and permanent injury or death to other people when a crash is caused by the insured. An auto insurance company will pay for injuries up to the limits specified in an insurance policy and will provide legal representation for the insured in the event someone tries to sue them.

What is (PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance?

(PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance coverage pays for damages an insured driver or members of an insured drivers family cause (and are liable for) to other people's property in a crash involving a motor vehicle.

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Disclaimer: While every effort is made to keep all information up to date, the Tennessee drunk driving laws change frequently and the information provided on this web site should not be construed as legal advice, nor is it necessarily complete. Drinkdriving.org shall not be held responsible for any actions a person may take as a result of information gathered from this web site. Consultation with a local Tennessee DUI lawyer is recommended in all cases.

 

Useful Tennessee DUI Links:

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