In the state of Tennessee, if you cause severe bodily injury to another person as a result of driving under the influence, prosecutors may charge you with vehicular assault.
This crime is considered a Class D felony, which carries stiff penalties. A vehicular assault conviction (like other criminal convictions) will remain on your criminal record for the rest of your life, which could have a serious impact on your future.
Vehicular assault is a Class D felony in Tennessee. If convicted of vehicular assault, you will face a minimum of two years to a maximum of 12 years in prison. You may also be assessed a fine of up to $5,000, which does not include fees paid in other fines and court costs.
Aside from incarceration, your license could be revoked for one to five years, depending upon the number of prior offenses on your record. You will not have the opportunity for a restricted driver’s license for the period of your license revocation.
It bears repeating that a vehicular assault conviction—a Class D felony offense in Tennessee—may NOT be expunged from your record. This charge will follow you for the rest of your life, and could have serious negative impacts on your future endeavors. You may be denied employment, professional licensing or opportunities for higher education due to the glaring felony conviction on your background check. If you are currently in school, you could lose scholarship or financial aid opportunities if convicted of vehicular assault.
If you have been charged with vehicular assault stemming from DUI in Tennessee, you need to act fast in order to have the best opportunity at a favorable outcome for your case.
Marcos Garza is experienced in DUI defense and will fight to get the best possible outcome for you. Mr. Garza has been named to numerous top-lawyer lists, including the 2010 Mid-South Super Lawyers-Rising Stars, a designation that only 2.5% of lawyers in his field are honored with.
To schedule a free consultation and discuss the details of your case, call the Garza Law Firm today at (888) 680-7554.