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Tennessee Man Sentenced for Seventh DUI

December 19, 2013

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) after blowing a number that was four times the legal limit. According to a WREG news report, this was his seventh DUI arrest. His blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.33 while the legal limit in Tennessee is 0.08. According to reports, this is his seventh DUI conviction.

The man pleaded guilty to driving as a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender and was sentenced to four years. Since drunk driving is not considered a violent crime in Tennessee, the man will need to fulfill only 35 percent of his four-year sentence.

Under Tennessee’s Motor Vehicle Habitual Offenders Act, a judge can revoke a driver’s license if that driver has shown indifference to the safety or welfare of others. The consequences of being found as a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender include possible felony charges and a three-year license revocation, which will be honored by all other states in the country. In addition, the individual will not get his or her license back unless he or she files a petition with the appropriate court. There is still no guarantee that the license will be reinstated.

If you are facing DUI charges for a repeat offense, you are looking at serious repercussions including lengthy jail time, fines, installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, and driver’s license revocation. These types of consequences can have a significant impact on your personal and professional life. You may not be able to drive or work to earn your livelihood or take care of your family. If you are facing drunk driving charges, it is important that you contact a Knoxville DUI defense lawyer who will help defend the charges and protect your rights every step of the way.