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Consequences of a Third Offense DUI in Tennessee

Any DUI conviction carries serious consequences, but the stakes are even higher for a third offense. In Tennessee, a third-offense DUI leads to substantial jail time, extended license suspension, and hefty fines. Understanding these penalties is crucial, especially given the mandatory nature of the consequences.

Criminal Penalties for a Third DUI Offense

A third DUI offense in Tennessee is classified based on your prior convictions within a specific timeframe. If you have two prior DUI convictions within the past ten years, a third offense is automatically considered your third DUI. Even if one of your prior convictions is older than ten years, it can still count towards your third offense if it falls within the ten-year window from the other conviction.

Here are the mandatory penalties for a third-offense DUI in Tennessee:

Jail Time: A minimum of 120 days in jail, served day for day, with a maximum sentence of 11 months and 29 days. If a passenger under the age of 18 was in the vehicle, an additional 30 days of jail time is added. Sentencing credits may be available for completing a court-ordered substance abuse program.
Probation: After serving the minimum jail time, the offender will be placed on probation for the remainder of the sentence. Additional requirements, such as using an alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet, may apply.
Fines: Fines range from $1,100 to $10,000.

Revoked Driver’s License

In addition to criminal penalties, administrative consequences include the revocation of your driver’s license for six years. The judge may grant a restricted license, allowing you to drive only if you install an ignition interlock device at your own expense.

The Importance of Legal Representation

Whether it’s your first, second, or third offense, a DUI conviction has lasting and severe consequences. It’s imperative to seek legal representation from an attorney experienced in DUI cases to protect your rights and work towards the best possible outcome.

Trust Knox Defense with Your Defense

Facing a third DUI offense in Tennessee is daunting, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Knox Defense offers expert legal representation to help you understand your options and defend your rights. Contact us today for a confidential consultation at (865) 269-9926 or complete our online form.

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