Understanding DWI/DUI Penalties in Chattanooga, Tennessee

State Of Tennessee DWI/DUI Penalties As Of July 1, 2003

First Offense DWI/DUI within 10 Years Second Offense DWI/DUI within 10 Years Third Offense DWI/DUI within 10 Years Fourth Offense DWI/DUI within 10 Years
Offense class Class A Misdemeanor Class A Misdemeanor Class A Misdemeanor Class E Felony
Minimum jail time 48 hrs unless BAC .20 percent or greater, then seven days 45 days day-for-day at 100 percent 120 days day-for-day at 100 percent 150 days day-for-day at 100 percent
Maximum jail time 11 months, 29 days 11 months-29 days 11 months-29 days Six years
Fine- Min/max $350-$1,000 $600-$3,500 $1,100-$10,000 $3,000-$15,000
License revocation period One year Two years Three to 10 years Five years
Restricted license Yes Yes * 4 No No
Presumptive blood alcohol level .08 percent .08 percent .08 percent .08 percent
Probation period 11 months, 29 days 11 months, 29 days 11 months, 29 days One to Six yrs
Alcohol school or alcohol assessment / treatment School Assessment/ Treatment Assessment/ Treatment Assessment/Treatment
Vehicle subject to seizure upon arrest No Yes * 2 Yes * 2 Yes * 2
Jail credit for inpatient treatment None Up to 28 days None None

Notes:

  1. Consequences Of Multiple DUI Convictions In TennesseeFor enhancement purposes, the time period could be greater than 10 years but in no event greater than 20 years. Out-of-state convictions may be used to enhance.
  2. Vehicles used in commission of a subsequent DWI/DUI violation are subject to seizure upon arrest, but the triggering first-offense conviction must have occurred on or after Jan.1, 1997, and the second or subsequent arrest within five years of the triggering conviction.
  3. For the felony provisions to apply, at least one violation must have occurred after July 1, 1998.
  4. A restricted license may be obtained after one year of the two-year revocation period. However, SR-22 insurance and an ignition interlock device must be obtained.

Consequences Of Multiple DUI Convictions In Tennessee

  • License suspension or revocation
  • Increased periods of time in jail
  • Larger fines and court costs
  • Points on driving record
  • Ignition interlock device installed in car
  • Years of probation
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