The possible consequences for first‑time offenders are not less than 48 hours in the county jail, no less than a $350 fine, no more than a $1,500 fine, and loss of driving privileges for one year with the ability to get a restricted driver’s license. They do require you to pick up trash for 24 hours in 3 8‑hour sessions.
In Knox County, they make it a condition of your probation to attend a DUI school. It’s a requirement to get your regular license reinstated. Certainly clients want to get their regular license reinstated, if they can.
If your license is revoked for one year, and you have a restricted driver’s license, the restricted driver’s license is only the length of that revocation period. At the expiration of that period, if you have not gotten a regular license reinstated, you are technically driving on a revoked, canceled or suspended license. In other words, your license does not automatically get reinstated once the revocation period has expired.
The mandatory minimums will be more severe to drivers that had a BAC level of 0.20 or greater.
For repeat offenders, DUI is a mandatory minimum jail sentence of no less than 45 days in the county jail, mandatory minimum fine of $600, with a maximum fine of $3,500.
On that 45‑day sentence, you can get 28 days inpatient rehab credited towards that, which actually works out to 17 days in jail, 28 days in some kind of rehab. That’s is also a choice you should talk with your attorney about.
Third offense of DUI is a mandatory minimum jail sentence of no less than 120 days, a mandatory minimum fine of no less than $1,100, and a maximum fine of not more than $10,000.
Fourth offense or more, mandatory minimum jail sentence of 150 days, mandatory fine of not less than $3,000, maximum fine of $15,000.
If you have been charged with a DUI in the Knoxville area, it is essential to contact an experienced DUI attorney. The attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC have decades of experience handling DUI cases and will be able to handle your unique DUI case.