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Can DUI Charges Be Reduced in Tennessee?

A driving under the influence (DUI) charge is a serious offense. Not only does this type of charge show up as a criminal record, but it tarnishes a person’s driving record as well. That’s why if a driver is facing a DUI charge they should do anything within their power to have that charge reduced.

Consequences for a First-Time DUI Charge

Having a DUI on your record may not seem like a major problem, but it could be for those looking to work in certain careers.

Additional typical consequences for a first-time DUI charge include:

  • Incarceration of 48 hours up to 11 months 29 days;
  • Fine of $350-$1,500;
  • License suspension for one year;
  • Mandatory participation in an alcohol and drug treatment program; and,
  • An ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle (at your expense).

Reducing a DUI Charge

When working with an experienced criminal defense attorney, drivers may be able to get their DUI reduced to a reckless driving charge instead. There are many benefits to having this reduction in addition to not facing the consequences listed above. Drivers who are charged with reckless driving will instead face a maximum jail sentence of six months and a fine of up to $580.

Additionally, this type of misdemeanor will usually not prevent someone from securing a desired job (unless one of the job’s requirements involves driving, in which a potential employer may want someone who has a clean driving record). However, if someone is charged with reckless driving and desires a job that requires driving, they are more likely to get that job within a few years of their reckless driving conviction than those convicted of a DUI.

I Was Charged With a DUI — Now What?

As outlined, just because someone is charged with a DUI does not mean they will be convicted of this serious charge. If you were charged with a DUI, you can fight this allegation.

The team at Meade Law Group is here and ready to help you. Reach out to our experienced Johnson City criminal defense team online or by phone. (423) 464-7779