What if I Drive and am a Little Buzzed?

October 1, 2013

Driving while under the influence of alcohol can have serious consequences—even if you think you’re not really drunk but just a little buzzed. The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit while operating a motor vehicle is .08 in Tennessee.

How much is that?  It could be three beers or maybe just one mixed drink… there’s no set scale because everyone is different.  Don’t risk a DUI—the penalties are stiff.  For a first-time DUI Offender with a BAC of .08, they include:

  • Jail time from 48 hours up to 11 months and 29 days;
  • License revocation for one year;
  • Possible participation in an alcohol and drug treatment program;
  • Restitution to any person suffering physical injury or personal loss; and
  • A fine of $350-$1,500;

If you add up towing, bail, attorney’s fees, high risk auto insurance, court costs, and reinstatement fees, a first DUI offense could cost nearly $5,000.

That’s quite a list.  Here are a few other things to think about:

A judge can order you to install an Ignition Interlock Device at your expense, which can cost well over $1,000; and if you have two DUI convictions in five years, you’ll have to keep the Ignition Interlock Device for six months after your license is reinstated at your expense.

If your BAC is .20 or greater, the minimum jail time is seven consecutive days.

Remember, these penalties apply equally to driving under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, narcotic drug, or drug producing stimulating effects on the central nervous system.

You can be arrested for DUI if you are driving a motorcycle, motorized golf cart, or go-cart. And you can get a DUI if you are driving on an alley, in a shopping center, trailer park, or apartment complex, as well as any other property that is generally frequented by the public.

Don’t take that chance. Don’t drive buzzed.

Do you have questions about DUI’s?

Kevin Patterson provides professional legal services to individuals and businesses in the greater Memphis area including Shelby and Fayette Counties.  When you ask Kevin to assist you with your DUI issue, he will treat your case with the dedicated service and attention it deserves. Contact Kevin at 901-300-4820 or e-mail at kpatterson@kgplawfirm.com to discuss your legal matter today.


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