DUI by consent, also known as DUI by proxy, in the state of Tennessee is a driving under the influence law that charges the owner or passenger of a vehicle with a DUI. In other words, if a person is driving a vehicle owned by someone else and commits a DUI offense, vehicular homicide or another crime while under the influence, the owner of the car can be held criminally liable for that person’s actions. It means that both the driver and owner of the vehicle are charged with DUI offenses.
Not surprisingly, there have been many criticisms of the DUI by consent law. For example, if the individual who owns the vehicle or who has been forced into being a passenger is an abused spouse or significant other of the driver, she or he may not have the ability to stop the person from operating the vehicle or from consuming alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel. If the driver made a threat to harm the person or a member of their family, they may feel they have no choice but to get into the car.
Even if you are facing a first offense for DUI by consent in Tennessee, it is a serious matter. In general, DUI by consent includes the same penalties as a typical DUI conviction. For a first offense, you can expect the following:
If the penalties are for a second offense, you can expect the following:
For a third DUI offense, you can expect the following penalties:
These are the typical penalties for DUI as well as DUI by consent in Tennessee. If you are charged with this crime, call us now for a free consultation.