A Cookeville DUI Law Firm That Fights for Your Right to Drive
Representing those charged with felony and misdemeanor DUI in Middle Tennessee
Whether the incident occurred in Cookeville, out in Cumberland County or somewhere else in the state, being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI) can cause your life to take a dramatic, unpleasant turn. At The Law Office of Douglas K. Dennis, we treat each and every one of our clients with the respect and compassion they deserve, while ensuring they receive the comprehensive, responsive representation they need to seek a favorable, quick and efficient resolution.
Being charged with a DUI is a serious offense, so you need a serious defense
In Tennessee, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.08 percent. Some people can reach this level with only one or two drinks! At The Law Office of Douglas K. Dennis, we have the dedication, knowledge and experience to fight your DUI charge, whether it’s a first offense or a subsequent offense. And since our state has increased the penalties for DUI in recent years, it is all the more important to find a responsive, aggressive criminal defense attorney to guide you through the DUI defense process.
If you’re convicted of a first-time DUI or a subsequent offense, you might face the following punishments:
- First Offense DUI
- Maximum sentence of 11 months and 29 days, with a minimum of 48 hours in jail
- If your blood alcohol content was .20 percent or higher, a minimum of seven days in jail and 24 hours of litter pick-up
- Minimum $350 fine
- Loss of driver’s license for one year
- Mandatory enrollment in a court-approved DUI education course
- License revocation for one year
- Second Offense DUI (within 10 years of the first offense DUI)
- Mandatory jail time of 45 days
- Minimum fine of $600
- Participation in a court-approved alcohol or drug treatment program
- Mandatory loss of license for two years
- Third Offense DUI
- Mandatory jail time of at least 120 days and up to 11 months and 29 days
- Minimum fine of $1,100
- Loss of driver’s license for a minimum of six years and up to 10 years
- Fourth Offense DUI (class E felony)
- Minimum fine of $3,000
- Prison (not jail) time of at least 150 consecutive days
- Mandatory loss of license for eight years
- Extensive community service
- Other punishments as dictated by the court
First, second and third offense DUIs are misdemeanors; a fourth offense DUI is a felony.
Your rights in Putnam County when stopped for a DUI
The Law Office of Douglas K. Dennis has some suggestions if you’ve been stopped for a DUI. You have the right not to take the field sobriety tests, which are often faulty and produce inaccurate results. These tests include walking in a straight line, reciting the alphabet backward and following a police officer’s flashlight with your eyes. However, under Tennessee’s implied consent law, if you have a driver’s license, you have already consented to chemical tests (breath tests and blood tests) to determine your BAC. If you refuse these tests, you can lose your license even if you win the court case. If you’re on your way to be tested and you are able to call Douglas K. Dennis, it is in your best interest to do so. Our firm can advise you on the best action to take in that situation.
Get top-notch DUI defense in Middle Tennessee
A DUI charge is a serious offense with serious consequences. If you are facing charges for a drunk driving offense, contact The Law Office of Douglas K. Dennis at 931-528-3684 or online for a free initial consultation. We’re available to fight for your freedom 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our office is located in Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee, and we serve clients in Crossville and Sparta, and throughout White and Cumberland counties.