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DUI Lawyers in Chattanooga, TN

DUI arrest have become more frequent and penalties have become more harsh over the last several decades. DUI charges are prosecuted vigorously in Hamilton and surrounding counties. Because Tennessee has mandatory minimum penalties for all DUI convictions, these cases have become very specialized, and an attorney well versed in DUI law is crucial to a strong defense. Your first line of defense in any DUI case should be to retain the Best DUI lawyers in Chattanooga. The Best lawyer will be capable of handling even the toughest case in an attempt to offer clients the best possible results.

DUI lawyers like Andrea Hayduk, Matt Brock and Garth Best have the experience to offer clients the best defense possible.

The Importance of Choosing Your Chattanooga DUI Lawyer

Being charged with a crime can be incredibly can be incredibly confusing and frightening. This is why you cannot leave the selection of your legal representative to the last minute or chance. Sufficient experience and knowledge in the field are both essential when it comes to getting a favorable outcome.

Best Brock Hayduk offer a personal touch, understanding and intimate knowledge of criminal defense procedures during their communication with clients. You can trust the team when it comes to your legal representation.

Mr. Brock handles cases from simple speeding tickets to first-degree murder, DUI, and drug-related crimes. He is one of the few attorneys in the nation certified as an instructor in the DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is the same course that police officers take in order to make DUI arrests while in the Academy.

As impaired driving laws with regards to substances other than alcohol are becoming more prevalent, Mr. Brock is ahead of the curve with his education. He is certified in ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement) to help detect when officers are making calls of reasonable suspicion on the consumption of alcohol or drugs. He has also taken a modified version of the drug recognition evaluation (DRE) training given to law enforcement.

DRE includes a number of different tests, field sobriety tests (some of which are also used to determine alcohol intoxication) as well as physiological tests, (such as those which measure the dilation of the suspect’s pupils, blood pressure, internal clock, etc…) This training allows DUI lawyer, Mr. Brock, to not only assess whether an arrest has been done properly for alcohol impairment but also allows him to refute officer’s from making claims that they suspected there might have been drugs involved as well.

Mr. Brock has attended a 40-hour hands-on Forensic science course at Axion lab in Chicago dealing with gas chromatography, the method used in testing blood for alcohol in Tennessee DUI cases.

Mr. Brock is an Ambassador for the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association, member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Chattanooga Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Contact us to schedule an appointment with the best Chattanooga DUI lawyer!

Andrea Hayduk is one of the most experienced DUI lawyers in the Chattanooga area. She and Mr. Brock are among the few attorneys in the nation certified as an instructor in the DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is the same course that police officers take in order to make DUI arrests while in the Academy.

As impaired driving laws with regards to substances other than alcohol are becoming more prevalent, our lawyers work to remain ahead of the curve with their education. Ms. Hayduk and Mr. Brock are certified in ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement) to help detect when officers are making calls of reasonable suspicion on the consumption of alcohol or drugs.

Additionally, Ms. Hayduk has attended two 40 hour Forensic science courses at Axion lab in Chicago dealing with gas chromatography, the method used in testing blood for alcohol in Tennessee DUI cases and DUI Drugs, which teaches the impact of drugs on the human body and the forensic science involved in testing blood for drugs in DUI cases.

Ms. Hayduk is a founding member and current board member of the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association (DUIDLA), member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NCDD) and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Contact us to schedule an appointment with the best Chattanooga DUI firm!

What Can The Best DUI Defense Lawyers Do For Me?

For a field sobriety test to be valid, the police must have administered the test in strict compliance with standardized testing procedures. The Best lawyers will review the video and testimonial evidence in the case to determine any defects in the administration of those tests.  The officers must have had articulable reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle prior to asking someone to exit the vehicle and perform these tests.  Stop issues are often ripe for litigation in DUI cases.  Finally, if a breath or blood test is administered a skilled attorney should review the circumstances surrounding the administration of the test to determine any errors in procedure and strict compliance with the law including the 4th Amendment.  In the event that the test is valid, breath and blood tests are not infallible.  The Best DUI lawyers remain on the cutting edge of forensic science and have specialized training in gas chromatography and mass spectrometry and are ready willing and able to analyze the raw data from these chemical tests to determine if errors were made.

What Happens after a DUI Conviction in Chattanooga, Tennessee?

As far as DUI penalties in Tennessee go, the statute contains mandatory minimum penalties for all convictions.

1st offense DUI – Class A misdemeanor

    • Up to 11 months and 29 days in jail with a mandatory minimum of 48 hours to serve. If breath or blood results are .20 or greater, the mandatory minimum is 7 days to serve.
    • $465.00 fine
    • DUI school
    • 1 year loss of license (restricted license available for a TN licensee with an interlock)

2nd offense: Class A misdemeanor

    • Up to 11 months and 29 days in jail with a mandatory minimum of 45 days to serve.
    • $600.00-$3,500.00 fine
    • 2-year loss of license (restricted license available for a TN licensee with an interlock)
    • Interlock required for an additional 6 months after reinstatement if prior within five years
    • Potential seizure of vehicle upon conviction

3rd offense: Class A misdemeanor

    • Up to 11 months and 29 days in jail with a mandatory minimum of 120 days to serve.
    • $1,100.00 -$10,000.00 fine
    • 6-year loss of license (restricted license available for a TN licensee with an interlock)
    • Interlock required for an additional 6 months after reinstatement
    • Potential seizure of vehicle

4th offense or greater: Felony

    • Up to 6 years in jail with a mandatory minimum of 150 days to serve.
    • $3,000.00 -$15,000.00 fine
    • 8 year loss of license (restricted license available for a TN licensee with an interlock)
    • Interlock required for an additional 6 months after reinstatement
    • Potential Seizure of vehicle

Note: If at the time of the DUI offense, the person was accompanied by a child under 18 years of age, the person’s sentence shall be enhanced by a mandatory minimum of 30 days to be served in addition to the penalty for the DUI and an additional $1,000.00 fine.

DUI Convictions are for Life

It is important to be aware that DUI, unlike many other crimes, is not expungeable from your record unless your case is won or dismissed. A DUI conviction remains on your record for life.

A few examples are:

    • Loss of car insurance or sky-high premiums
    • Loss of job due to negative impact on a professional license or security clearance; additionally, many military offenders will suffer sanctions within the military in addition to the state penalties such as loss of driving privileges on base, loss of rank, and suspended pay
    • Inability to travel freely outside of the United States
    • Immigration problems
    • Inability to get certain jobs

Let Us Help

Due to the serious nature of this kind of offense, the mandatory jail time even for a first offense, and the many often unforeseen collateral consequences that may exist depending on your individual circumstances, it is important to consult with the Best DUI defense lawyers as soon as possible.

Contact Us Today

Our law firm can build you the best Chattanooga DUI defense. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are looking for reliable legal representation. The DUI defense attorneys at Best Hayduk Brock will give you the defense you need while protecting your rights. Call today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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