A conviction for driving under the influence, or DUI, can carry severe consequences in Tennessee. The penalties are as follows:

DUI 1ST offense: (Tennessee DUI Law)

  • Fine: $350 minimum; $1,500.00 maximum.
  • Jail: minimum 48 hours; maximum 11 months and 29 days, mandatory 7 consecutive days if blood alcohol exceeds .20%.
  • Driver's license revoked for 1 year.

DUI 2ND offense: (Tennessee DUI Law)

  • Fine: $600.00 minimum; $3,500 maximum.
  • Jail: minimum 45 days; maximum 11 months and 29 days.
  • Driver's license is revoked for 2 years
  • Inpatient alcohol or drug treatment available as jail credit.
  • Possible forfeiture of vehicle if used in the offense.

DUI 3RD offense: (Tennessee DUI Law)

  • Fine: $1,100.00 minimum; $10,000.00 maximum
  • Jail: minimum 120 days; maximum 11 months and 29 days
  • Driver's license revoked for 3 years to 10 years.
  • Possible forfeiture of vehicle.

DUI 4TH offense: (Tennessee DUI Law)

  • Class E felony conviction.
  • Fine: $3,000 minimum; $15,000.00 maximum.
  • Jail: minimum 150 days; maximum 6 years.
  • Driver's license revoked for 5 years
  • Possible forfeiture of vehicle.

If you are placed on probation after serving at least the minimum jail sentence, additional conditions of probation may be required, including removing litter from public property, performing public service work, participation in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation facility, payment of restitution to any person suffering personal injury or property loss as a result of such offense, installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle, plus any other conditions of probation ordered by the Court.

DUI and DWI convictions count as prior offenses for either charge, as do convictions in another state.

Further, the minimums can be increased if a person traveling with you is under 18 years of age, and may be severely increased if you are involved in an accident which causes injury to another person. If the State believes you are Driving Under the Influence and as a result, cause an accident in which an n injury or death occurs, you may be charged with Vehicular Assault or Vehicular Homicide.

The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit in Tennessee is .08; this can mean as few as two drinks for some people. A persons BAC will depend on many factors, such as weight, time period in which drinks are consumed, a person's individual rate of metabolism, and many others. There are two types of evidence officers will present to a jury regarding DUI. These include Field Sobriety Tests and Breathalyzer Results.