In Tennessee, a law enforcement officer may ask you to submit to a chemical breath, blood or urine test if he or she believes that you are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The implied consent law says that by driving on Tennessee roads, you agree to be tested for intoxication if an officer suspects you of DUI.
In some states, law enforcement officers may force drivers to submit to a chemical test if they suspect the driver of DUI; in Tennessee, however, drivers will not be forced to submit to testing in most cases.
It is important to note, though, that if you are arrested for DUI in Tennessee and refuse to submit to a chemical test when the officer had probable cause to arrest you for DUI, your driver’s license will be suspended for one year.
If you have a previous DUI conviction on your record and refuse to submit to a chemical test for DUI in Tennessee, your license will be suspended for at least an additional year.
Refusing to submit to chemical testing may bring other consequences as well. If your driver’s license is suspended as a result of a DUI conviction, you may be able to apply for a restricted driving permit. However, if you violated implied consent by refusing a chemical test, you will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle in order to have a restricted driving permit. You will be responsible for the cost of installation and any maintenance fees associated with the device.
Every DUI case is unique. With years of experience in DUI court cases, attorney Marcos Garza and his team of well-trained and experienced attorneys can examine the details surrounding your case to draw up an individualized defense strategy specific to your situation.
Particulars such as previous DUI convictions, whether or not you were alone in the vehicle and other extenuating circumstances all play in to a proper defense plan. If you are facing a DUI charge in the state of Tennessee, call the Garza Law Firm today to set up a free consultation.
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