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Texting and Driving is a Crime in Tennessee

Texting and driving has become more and more of an issue across America.  People continue to focus on their phones as much as the road in front of them.  As a result, more and more accidents occur and more and more people are injured on roadways – not only other drivers and passengers in cars, but pedestrians, cyclists, runners, and more.  Texting and driving has become such an issue that individual states have begun passing laws against the behavior in an effort to eliminate the issue.  Tennessee has enacted laws cracking down on texting and driving. In fact, texting and...

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Frequently Answered Questions about DUI in Tennessee

From time to time, even the most law abiding citizens can find themselves in difficult situations.  During these times it is essential for people to know their rights and to know the steps to take in order to ensure that they do not make their situation more difficult.  This is particularly true for those individuals who find themselves pulled over for DUI.  If someone is pulled over for suspicion of DUI, it is critical to know how to handle the encounter with the police and what to do should they find themselves in that position.First and foremost, it is not...

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Can I Face DUI Charges in Tennessee for Driving while on Prescription Pills?

Seasonal weather changes in Tennessee bring about  allergies, colds, and flu. Many drivers take pills to treat them without realizing that some pills can expose them to DUI charges. Contrary to what many people think, Tennessee DUI law does not sanction only drivers who consume alcohol and illegal drugs, but anyone driving under the influence of substances that may affect the central nervous system, including prescription pills.  There was even a case in California where someone was charged with DUI for drinking too much coffee.  Those charges were eventually dropped, but the person was still arrested, had to go to...

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What to do when someone has been arrested?

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What Should I Do When a Loved One is Under Arrest on Criminal Charges? When someone is arrested based on criminal charges in Chattanooga, it means the police have some evidence that they violated the law.  It does not mean that they are guilty of a crime. Unless the arrested manages to prove that the evidence is circumstantial, inconclusive, or insufficient, it could all end with a conviction, a criminal record, and even imprisonment.The person arrested is most likely confused, under tremendous stress, and unable to focus or think straight. Even temporary incarceration can be a nightmare for anyone, especially...

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Boating Under the Influence

As Memorial Day weekend comes upon us and the temperature is heating up, many of us in Chattanooga and surrounding areas across southeast Tennessee will be hitting the waters to cool down.  For many people, a day on the boat is synonymous with having a cold alcoholic beverage. It is important to be mindful that if you are the operator of a boat, the DUI laws are almost identical to those applied to boating under the influence.   TCA § 69-9-217 states:  (a) It is unlawful for any person or persons to operate any vessel subject to registration or any commercial...

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Tennessee Criminal Appeals DUI Case – Decosimo

On February 6, 2018, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals issued a landmark decision for DUI cases that involve blood and breath tests throughout the State of Tennessee.  The Court held that the collection of a $250.00 fee in DUI cases where a breath or blood test is taken and a conviction is obtained, is unconstitutional. The Court found, “Because the fee system at issue in this case calls into question the trustworthiness of the TBI forensic scientists’ test results, it violates due process,” and held that the trial court’s failure to suppress blood test results on these grounds was...

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Chattanooga DUI Law: What Is An Ignition Interlock Device?

DUI Defense Lawyer in Chattanooga, Tennessee

In Chattanooga, anyone convicted of driving while having a blood alcohol concentration ("BAC") of 0.08 or greater or any BAC in combination with drugs will have his/her driver's license suspended for one year, and is required to have an ignition interlock installed in the vehicle for 365 consecutive days. An experienced Chattanooga DUI attorney can assist with having the suspension and the interlock requirement to run concurrently. What is an Ignition Interlock Device? An ignition interlock device ("IID") is an electronic device that is attached to your car's ignition wiring. Most versions of the device look like a thick cellphone or maybe...

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Plea Bargains May Help Many Achieve Best Possible Outcome

Chattanooga Tennessee Lawyer for Criminal Defense

Within the past twenty years, there have been more than 250 million arrests in the US. Of these individuals, the FBI has a criminal database of over 75 million people, which accounts for one in three people in the US population of adults. Of course, this number may be old by the time you read about it, since up to 12 thousand names are added to that list each day, without even accounting for repeat offender arrests. What all of these people have in common is that they are not likely to return to their former lives or create new...

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What to Do and What Not to Do When Arrested for a DUI in Chattanooga

DUI Attorney in Chattanooga, Tennessee

If you are arrested for a DUI in Tennessee, the consequences can be life altering. You could lose your license, face significant fines, and even spend time in jail. It is essential to do things right, avoid making mistakes, and be prepared for what's going to come next. Today, we'll discuss what you should do and what you should not do after a DUI arrest to ensure that you end up with the best possible outcome, which could even include getting the charges dropped. Do Write Down What Happened When You Were Arrested The details of your arrest are going to...

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