Tennessee dui laws

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A single DUI (Driving Under the Influence) conviction could cost you as much as $5,000 or more after all fines and fees have been paid. A first offense DUI charge could easily add up to such a staggering cost! The cost could be even higher if you don’t qualify for the restricted driver license for driving to work during your suspension. This could add expense for alternate transportation (taxi, bus fare, etc.) or even worse, the complete loss of your employment.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) includes not only alcohol, but any intoxicant, narcotic drug, or other drug producing central nervous system effects — including prescription drugs.

Table of Consequences for Each DUI Conviction

Jail Time
License Revocation
First Conviction $350 – $1,500 24 hours – 11 months 29 days One (1) Year
Second Conviction** $600 – $3,500 45 days – 11 months 29 days Two (2) Years
**If second conviction occurs within 5 years of the first the following also apply:

  • Mandatory enrollment in the Ignition Interlock Program for 6 months following reinstatement of driver’s license
  • Vehicle subject to seizure and/or forfeiture
Third Conviction $1,100 – $10,000 120 days – 11 months 29 days Three (3) – Ten (10) Years
Fourth Offense $3,000 – $15,000 Not Less Than 150 Consecutive Days Five (5) Years

Potential Costs of a DUI Conviction

Potential costs of a DUI conviction include:

  • Fines
  • Court Costs
  • Bail
  • Towing and Vehicle Storage Fees
  • Attorney Fees
  • Alcohol Education Program Enrollment
  • Driver License Reinstatement Fees
  • Ignition Interlock Program Costs
  • Higher Insurance Premiums and SR-22 Form

In addition, you will need to:

  • Show proof that all fines and court costs have been paid to the court for the violation
  • Show proof of completion of alcohol/drug program if 2nd offense

Restricted License

You can obtain a restricted license if no prior DUI and no other revocations or suspensions are against your driver record. You will have to:

  1. Obtain an order from the judge
  2. Pay a $67.00 driver license fee
  3. File SR-22 insurance
  4. Show proof of liability insurance in effect on date of violation
  5. Take complete driver license examination (eye, law, and road)

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