Tennessee DUI Lawyers & Laws
The Tennessee DUI Defense Center is your complete source regarding information about Tennessee DUI laws, Tennessee DUI lawyers and attorneys, penalties for driving under the influence in Tennessee, driver’s license revocations, field sobriety tests in Tennessee, the criminal court process, Tennessee SR22 insurance after a DUI arrest, restricted license information and other necessary need to know information regarding a DUI arrest in the state of Tennessee.
The consequences and penalties a person faces for a Tennessee DUI offense are getting tougher every year. Even if you are facing a misdemeanor DUI charge, do not think for a minute that just because it is a misdemeanor charge that you can represent yourself in court without hiring an experienced Tennessee DUI lawyer to represent you and have the charges against you dismissed or even reduced.
It is important to understand that if a person is convicted of a DUI offense in the state of Tennessee, that DUI conviction will remain on that person's criminal record for life. What this means is that you will not be eligible to have the DUI conviction expunged from your criminal record. Tennessee law only allows a DUI conviction to be expunged from a person’s criminal record if the charges against that person were dismissed, you were found not guilty or received a deferred disposition.
The impact of having a Tennessee DUI conviction on your criminal record can cause future problems such as when applying for a job where the prospective employer conducts a Tennessee background check on applicants before hiring or offering the job. The number of employers who conduct a background check on a potential employee before hiring that individual is on the rise and will continue to rise.
Also if an employment application asks if you have ever been convicted of a crime, you must disclose the DUI conviction on the application because this is a sign that the prospective employer is going to conduct a Tennessee background check on any potential employees before hiring.
Do I need to hire a lawyer to represent me in court?
You absolutely must hire a lawyer to represent you in court if you hope to have any chance of beating your Tennessee DUI charge, but you have to hire the right lawyer. The mistake that most people make in this situation is to grab the phone book and find an ad for a lawyer who says they represent clients arrested for DUI offenses and hire the lawyer based upon a large full page ad or the fact that the lawyer says that he or she represents clients facing a Tennessee DUI charge.
The unfortunate thing is that a lot of people facing a DUI charge in Tennessee will base their decision to hire a lawyer based upon the above scenarios and fail to properly research the lawyer before hiring the lawyer to represent them in court, not knowing that the lawyer may have never tried a DUI case or is just planning on walking the client through the system and pleading guilty to the charge and not advising the client of the potential life altering affects of pleading guilty to a driving under the influence charge in Tennessee and that a conviction will remain on their criminal record for life.
Do not make the mistake of waiting until after your arraignment hearing to hire a Tennessee DUI attorney. Waiting to hire a lawyer can mean that valuable evidence that is critical to your Tennessee DUI defense case can be lost. It is also very important that your DUI lawyer be present at the arraignment hearing to ensure that he or she is going to be available for your scheduled court date.
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The Tennessee DUI lawyers in our network are all experienced DUI lawyers and represent clients throughout the State of Tennessee including Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Murfreesboro and every city and region in between. Contact us today to speak with one of our Tennessee DUI attorneys.