If you are convicted of DUI in Tennessee, you will be sentenced to jail time—even if it is your first DUI offense. The length of the sentence depends on many factors, including prior DUI or other criminal convictions, whether or not anyone was injured as a result of the DUI, and other details of the case. However, in some cases, you may be allowed to serve probation in lieu of serving the entire jail sentence.
Generally speaking, the judge will set conditions for your probation that must be met. If you fail to meet any of the conditions set forth by the judge, your probation could be revoked, in which case you would serve the remainder of your sentence in jail.
Typical conditions of probation include abstaining from alcohol and drugs, performing community service, attending drug and alcohol abuse classes, or installing an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. In most cases, you will also have to serve at least a portion of your sentence in jail as a condition of probation.
While on probation, you will be required to check in regularly with a probation officer, who will monitor and record your activities to ensure that you are not violating any of your probation conditions. Oftentimes, you will be required to submit to drug and alcohol testing during probation checks. If the probation officer finds you in violation of any of your probation conditions, he or she will be required to report those violations to the court system.
With a knowledgeable attorney at your side, you stand a better chance of obtaining a favorable outcome in your DUI case. Marcos Garza is an experienced, reputable Knoxville-based attorney who deals exclusively in DUI cases. Mr. Garza is familiar with the Tennessee court system and knows firsthand the ins and outs of the sentencing process, including jail times and probation requirements.
If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge in the state of Tennessee, call the Garza Law Firm at (888) 680-7554 to schedule a free consultation.