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Arrested for DUI in Nashville? Call for a Free Consultation

Driving under the influence of alcohol or any intoxicant, drug, such as marijuana, is a criminal offense in Tennessee. Like all states, Tennessee is very strict on impaired driving and punishes those convicted with an array of penalties. Alcohol and keys on a wet surface

As a licensed driver, you become subject to the implied consent rule, meaning you agree to submit to a chemical test when asked to do so by law enforcement. If your blood alcohol content measures .08 percent or higher, you are considered legally drunk.

At Larsen Law PLLC, our Franklin DUI defense lawyer is highly knowledgeable in the laws and science surrounding this charge and can use his familiarity and experience to help you seek an optimum result. Call today to get help.

Contact Larsen Law PLLC online or at (615) 933-2454 to discuss your case during a free consultation from our Franklin DUI lawyer.

What Are Tennessee’s DUI Laws?

Even DUI first offenders may receive jail time when convicted in Tennessee. While you may feel nothing can be done about your DUI case since the state holds all the evidence, a capable attorney may be able to find flaws, weaknesses, or other errors in the legal, scientific, and technical aspects of your arrest.

The penalties for a first offense include:

  • A minimum of 48 hours in jail up to a year
  • A fine ranging from $350 to $1,500
  • A license suspension of a year
  • Participation in and completion of an alcohol or drug program

Those convicted with a BAC measuring .20 or higher will face a minimum of 7 days jail time. Jail time, fines, and other court-ordered penalties increase with subsequent convictions.

Tennessee also has a zero-tolerance policy for those under 21. If your BAC measures .02 percent or higher you will face DUI charges punishable by the loss of your driving privileges for a year, a $250 fine, and potential community service.

How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record in Tennessee?

A DUI in Tennessee will stay on your record for the rest of your life. Repeated DUI offense must be done within 10 years to be considered a repeat DUI offense. Having a DUI conviction on your record can result in difficulties obtaining a job, cause car insurance complications, and other issues.

How Can I Restore My Right to Drive After a DUI in Tennessee?

An arrest for drunk driving can bring serious penalties for a Tennessee driver, particularly if he or she is currently facing the loss of driving privileges. It is terribly inconvenient to lose the ability to drive yourself to work, school or transport your children, and you need your license back as soon as possible.

Once the appropriate amount of time has passed, it is possible to have your license reinstated. Reinstatement of your driving privileges is not something that happens automatically on a certain date, but rather comes after you have met the appropriate requirements and taken the necessary steps.

Requirements for reinstatement

Most people know that drunk driving charges come with certain fines and penalties. To some drivers, however, it is surprising to learn that even having his or her license reinstated also comes with fines as well. The amount that a person will have to pay depends on the nature of his or her case. Possible fines include:

  • Reinstatement after implied consent violation:
  1. $100 reinstatement fee
  2. Possible $50 fee for filing SR-22
  3. Possible $75 fee for failure to surrender license
  4. May need to pay fees for applying for a valid license
  • Drug-Free Youth Act Offenses
  1. $20 reinstatement fee
  2. Possible $75 fee for failure to surrender license
  3. Fees for applying for a valid license
  • Other DUI offenses
  1. $100 reinstatement fee
  2. $3 certification fee
  3. Possible $75 fee for failure to surrender license
  4. Fees required to apply for a valid license
  5. Possible $50 fee for filing SR-22

License suspension is a penalty that can impact everything from your ability to take care of your children to having a successful career. If you lost your license after a drunk driving arrest, you would be wise to learn how you can protect your rights and get your license back as soon as possible.

Get Help from Experienced Legal Professionals

Facing a DUI can be a stressful experience. You should not go through the legal process without the counsel and guidance of a respected attorney. At Larsen Law PLLC, we have helped hundreds of clients through the crisis of DUI charges with many successful outcomes.

Schedule a free consultation by calling Larsen Law PLLC at (615) 933-2454 or contacting us online.

What Makes Us Different?

  • Trial Tested. Proven Track Record.

    Sometimes going to trial is necessary. Attorney Eric Larsen is not afraid to do so if it's in the best interest of the client.

  • Respected Amongst His Peers

    Eric’s ability to maneuver through both trial advocacy and negotiations have earned him the respect of prosecutors, law enforcement, and the judiciary, which often leads to results that exceed client expectations.

  • Genuine & Personalized Legal Service

    Attorney Eric Larsen works one-on-one with his clients in an effort to better understand their situation and goals.


If you've been charged with a crime it's important that you start building a strong defense immediately. Call us at 615-933-2454 and schedule a free case review.

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    I am Eric Larsen, founder of Larsen Law PLLC, and I have been around the criminal justice system my entire life. My father was a decorated homicide detective with the Michigan State Police.

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