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Common Types of DUI Charges in Tennessee

In Tennessee, DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charges can vary based on several factors, including the circumstances of the offense and the offender's prior record. Here are some common types of DUI charges in Tennessee:


1. First Offense DUI: This is the charge for individuals who are caught driving under the influence for the first time in Tennessee. Penalties for a first offense DUI can include fines, license suspension, mandatory DUI education programs, and potential jail time.

2. Second Offense DUI: A second DUI offense in Tennessee carries more severe penalties than a first offense. This may include increased fines, longer license suspension or revocation, mandatory jail time, and participation in substance abuse treatment programs.

3. Third or Subsequent Offense DUI: Repeat DUI offenders face even harsher penalties in Tennessee. Third or subsequent DUI offenses are typically charged as felonies, which can result in significant fines, lengthy license revocation, mandatory jail or prison sentences, and other consequences.

4. Aggravated DUI: An aggravated DUI charge in Tennessee involves certain aggravating factors that make the offense more serious. These factors can include driving with a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC), causing an accident resulting in injury or death, driving with a revoked or suspended license, or having a minor in the vehicle at the time of the offense. Aggravated DUI charges carry enhanced penalties, including longer jail sentences and higher fines.

5. Underage DUI: In Tennessee, individuals under the age of 21 can be charged with DUI for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02% or higher. Penalties for underage DUI may include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, and other consequences.

6. DUI with Child Endangerment: If a driver is arrested for DUI with a child passenger in the vehicle, they may face additional charges for child endangerment. This can lead to more severe penalties, including increased fines and potential jail time.

7. Boating Under the Influence (BUI): Tennessee also prohibits operating a boat or other watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Similar to DUI laws for motor vehicles, BUI charges can result in fines, license suspension, and other penalties.


It's important to note that the specific penalties for DUI charges in Tennessee can vary depending on factors such as the offender's blood alcohol concentration (BAC), prior record, and any aggravating circumstances involved in the offense.


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