DWI / DUI
A drunk driving charge is potentially the most serious charge the majority of people will ever face. It threatens your job, future employment and educational opportunities, driving privileges, auto insurance costs, and your freedom. DUI charges are serious, and they include heavy fines and potential jail time.
At Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC, we have extensive experience defending a diverse clientele who have been charged with anything from a first-time DUI up to aggravated vehicular homicide. The extensive experience of our Knoxville DWI/DUI attorneys includes the defense of juveniles, students, white collar and blue collar workers, truck drivers in need of CDL defense, and out-of-state clients. We represent the best interests of first-time and repeat offenders. We take every opportunity to challenge law enforcement evidence and procedures from the time before the vehicle stop to release from confinement.
Consequences of a First-Time DUI Conviction in Tennessee
A first-time DUI conviction includes fines from $350 to $1,500, jail time from 48 hours to one year, and a one-year license revocation. Driving under the influence includes any intoxicant, narcotic or other drug that affects the nervous system, including prescription drugs. Additional costs could include:
- Court costs
- Towing and vehicle storage
- Alcohol education program enrollment
- Driver’s license suspension
- Alternate transportation
- Potential job loss and difficulty obtaining future employment
- Driver’s license reinstatement
- Ignition interlock program costs
- Increased insurance premiums
- Educational loan loss and admission rejection
- Attorney fees
- Border patrol issues
Without an experienced attorney, you will certainly face many of these costs. Our representation can provide you with the counsel and legal defense needed to mitigate costs and penalties. Our legal team works to retain your driving privileges to the fullest extent possible. We work tirelessly to protect your rights and your livelihood.
Defense of Students at Disciplinary Hearing Boards
Sometimes students need their actions professionally defended in front of disciplinary hearing boards at school. Your child’s education is an important investment in their future, and our lawyers can help to build a defense that can mitigate consequences such as student loan loss, suspension or expulsion. Your child’s future is worth defending.
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