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Author: Matt Brock

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Tennessee is the 12th toughest state on DUI

Wallet Hub recently released their list of the strictest and most lenient states with regard to driving under the influence penalties.   Tennessee came in at an alarming 12th, although I would have actually expected us to be a little bit higher on that list.  Some of the metrics used to evaluate the individual states were: Minimum Jail Time for 1st & 2nd offenses (2 days & 45 days) When is DUI considered a felony (4th) How long does a previous DUI factor into penalties for a new DUI (10 years) Are there additional penalties for high BAC? (Yes, 2.0) Minimum fines for 1st and 2nd...

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Xanax passes marijuana as 2nd leading cause of DUI in AL

Alprazolam, the generic name for the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, surpassed marijuana in 2011 as the second-leading cause of impaired driving in Alabama after alcohol, according to data from traffic stops compiled by the Department of Forensic Science. Continue reading more about this here. While I don't have the figures for TN, I would assume we are pressing toward a similar situation given my recent "drugged driving" caseload.  As the article above mentions, detecting drugged driving requires that an additional blood screen be sent back to the TBA unless the officer requests it along with the BAC.  This typically only occurs when a...

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Increased Tennessee Highway Patrol on Cinco de Mayo

The Tennessee Highway Patrol announced early this morning that they will be ramping up their presence across the state during Cinco de Mayo.  THP Col. Tracy Trott says there will be more patrols and specialized traffic safety enforcement beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and concluding at midnight Wednesday.  Remember, having an alcoholic beverage and then driving is not illegal but driving while impaired is.  There is a thin line between the two and if you think you are over the limit, you probably are.  Please be responsible as always! For a full list of THP checkpoints, click here...

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DUI Attorney Walking the Straight Line to Success

Mr. Brock was featured by the Hamilton County Herald as part of a series profiling local Chattanooga, TN attorneys. Below is the article in full. The solo practitioner is a unique breed in the practice of law. Rather than becoming a smaller member of a larger body, he’s on his own in a way no other attorney is. He’s a firm of one, the only named partner, and his success or failure rides solely on his efforts. It’s a brave endeavor. Some lawyers strike out on their own after years of employment with a firm or corporation. While risky, their experience and clientele provide a...

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Mr. Brock Receives 2015 Client’s Choice for DUI representation by Avvo

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Matt Brock Law is pleased to announce that Mr. Brock has earned a 2015 Clients' Choice Award on Avvo, Inc. Recipients of this recognition must accumulate frequent and outstanding client reviews submitted to their Avvo profile. Avvo, Inc. is one of the most prominent and trusted legal directories in the county and is committed to making the selection of legal representation easier for the public. The company estimates that they list roughly 97% of all attorneys in America and even provides several avenues for prospective clients to get free, preliminary advice to further inform their legal decisions. The Clients' Choice Award is one of...

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Heads up on speeding in Chattanooga, TN

We could all probably do a better job of keeping our speeds below the typical 10 miles over the limit most of us seem to observe on the highways.   This weekend and on various weekends throughout the summer we need to be extra careful because the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Chattanooga Police are stepping up their efforts in making traffic stops.  To read more about this initiative, continue reading here...

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