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Singer Lynn Anderson Charged With DUI

October 1, 2014

Lynn Anderson was one of the most successful country singers of the 1970s with hits like “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” After being involved in a Nashville car accident this month, she may also become known as someone arrested for DUI on multiple occasions. According to a news report in The Tennessean, Anderson admitted to drinking alcohol and taking prescription medication before the crash. WMCA Action News 5 reports that she was previously charged with a DUI in Denton, Texas back in 2004. She faces a November 20, 2014 court date and has publicly apologized for the incident.

Whenever someone in Tennessee is arrested for impaired driving, the court will review the circumstances of the case and the history of the driver. Even first time offenders in Tennessee face severe penalties for drunk driving. In cases involving drivers with a history of drunk driving, however, the court may decide to pursue the harshest punishments available by law to deter future incidents

First time DUI offenders in Tennessee can face between 48 hours and 11 months, 29 days in jail, a license revocation for one year, participation in an alcohol and drug treatment program and a fine of up to $1,500. A second offense can result in jail time of 45 days to 11 months, 29 days, a fine of up to $3,500, a license revocation of up to two years and the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device.

Additionally, a DUI conviction can have long-lasting social, professional and financial consequences. For example, a conviction can impact the driver’s ability to obtain and retain a job. Insurance premiums can increase dramatically after a conviction as well. Drivers responsible for causing accidents while under the influence often have to pay restitution to any person suffering personal injury or loss.

If you have been arrested on suspicion of a DUI in Tennessee, it is crucial that you retain the services of an experienced Knoxville DUI defense lawyer who can help fight the charges and protect your rights every step of the way.