Saint Patrick’s Day is often associated with the consumption of alcoholic beverages. If you are celebrating this holiday in such a manner, you should be careful to recognize that your alcohol consumption may impair your ability to drive. You may not realize that your own ability to know if you are impaired or under the influence may be affected by alcohol. The safe way to celebrate is to be certain you have a designated driver who is not drinking alcohol or taking any medications or drugs. If you even think you may be impaired, you should call a cab or get a ride with a friend. Be prepared with contact information for cab companies. AAA even offers a unique “Tow to Go” program as a last resort for impaired drivers. Subject to availability, a AAA tow truck will tow you and your vehicle to a safe location within a 10-mile radius at no cost.
Even if you conclude that you are not too impaired to get behind the wheel, keep in mind that a law enforcement officer could reach a different conclusion. Should you be stopped and suspected of driving under the influence, you may find yourself with several questions relating to Tennessee DUI laws, such as:
- Am I required to take the field sobriety tests?
- Do I have a legal right to refuse a breath or blood test (chemical test)?
- Do I have a right to select between a blood or breath test?
- Do I have a right to consult with my lawyer prior to taking field sobriety tests or a chemical test?
- Do I have a right to obtain my own blood alcohol test?
Anyone arrested for DUI (driving under the influence), or another related charge, should immediately contact a Tennessee DUI Attorney familiar with Tennessee DUI laws. For more information about the crime of DUI or about Tennessee traffic violations, Steve and Sara are available by calling 865-249-7200.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol plans to implement several checkpoints across East Tennessee in the next few weeks. Tennessee Highway Patrol regulations allow for several types of checkpoints. In addition to the commonly known Sobriety Checkpoints or DUI Roadblocks, Troopers may also establish roadblocks relating to Seatbelt and Driver’s License laws. Be aware that even at seatbelt and driver’s license checkpoints, an officer may still be looking for impaired drivers.
If an officer suspects a driver of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), the officer might ask the driver to perform a series of field sobriety tests. The officer may also request a chemical test, such as a breath or blood test. Motorists should be aware of their rights and the potential consequences of refusing these tests.
Anyone arrested for DUI, or another related charge, should immediately contact a Tennessee DUI Attorney familiar with Tennessee DUI laws. For more information about the crime of DUI or about your legal rights with respect to a Tennessee Highway Patrol checkpoint, Steve and Sara are available by calling 865-249-7200. You may also wish to visit www.tndui.com for more information about the offense of driving under the influence in Tennessee.
|3/12/14||Knox||SR 33 @ Loyston Road||Seatbelt Checkpoint|
|3/14/14||Union||SR 33 @ SR 61||Sobriety Checkpoint|
|3/14/14||Roane||Pine Ridge Road Near RR Tracks||Driver’s License Checkpoint|
|3/14/14||Blount||SR 336 @ Blockhouse Road||Driver’s License Checkpoint|
|3/15/14||Anderson||Sulphur Springs @ Laurel Road||Driver’s License Checkpoint|
|3/16/14||Anderson||Red Hill @ Park Lane||Driver’s License Checkpoint|
|3/17/14||Blount||SR 333 @ George Creek Boat Ramp||Sobriety Checkpoint|
|3/19/14||Loudon||I-75 North TH 76 MM Off Ramp||Seatbelt Checkpoint|
|3/19/14||Monroe||SR 322 @ I-75 S/B Exit Ramp||Seatbelt Checkpoint|
|3/20/14||Loudon||I-75 South 76 MM Off Ramp||Seatbelt Checkpoint|
|3/20/14||Monroe||SR 68 @ I-75 S/B Exit Ramp||Seatbelt Checkpoint|
|3/21/14||Roane||Highway 58 @ New Bridge||Seatbelt Checkpoint|
|3/21/14||Campbell||US 25 W @ Dog Creek Road||Seatbelt Checkpoint|
|3/24/14||Monroe||SR 369 @ Ballplay Road||DL|
|3/26/14||Union||Loyston Road @ Raccoon Valley Road||Seatbelt|
|3/26/14||Sevier||New Era Road @ South New Era Road||DL|
|4/04/14||Knox||West Emory Road @ Carpenter Road||Seatbelt|
|4/25/14||Knox||West Emory Road @ Gill Road||Sobriety|
Tennessee motorists can now obtain a Tennessee Driving History online. As discussed in a previous post, Tennessee Driver License Reinstatement and Driving History, Tennesseeans were previously limited to obtaining this information by either submitting a request by mail or submitting a request in person at a Tennessee Driver Service Center.
A Tennessee licensee can obtain this Motor Vehicle Report (MVR), also often referred to as a Tennessee Driving History, by visiting https://apps.tn.gov/pmvr/. The report costs $7, which may be paid by credit card or check card; however, a prepaid card is not an acceptable payment option. The motorist will further need to provide the Driver name, date of birth, and Tennessee driver license number.
The Oberman & Rice law firm often deal with issues surrounding Tennessee driver licenses, relating to Tennessee DUI offenses, as well as other traffic issues. Should you have any legal issues surrounding your Tennessee driver license, our attorneys, Steve and Sara are be available to speak with you and can be reached by calling 865-249-7200.
As part of its new campaign to identify and cite drivers who are texting and driving, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has a new strategy to catch distracted drivers. They are using the THP tractor-trailer truck to get a higher, better look at what drivers are doing inside their vehicles in hopes that this vantage point will help spot those texting and driving. The troopers are able to spot other violations from the truck such as lane changes and seat belt violations, but the main focus of the campaign is texting and driving.
Interestingly, the new Tennessee Highway Patrol tractor-trailer has THP logos and roof-mounted emergency lights, just like a standard patrol vehicle. Once the driver of the tractor trailer spots a driver violating the law, they radio to another trooper who then makes the stop. The THP took the tractor-trailer to the roads recently for a special two-day enforcement campaign. In just two days, troopers issued 190 tickets using the big rig. Troopers cited 16 people for texting while driving, 21 for speeding, and 78 for not wearing a seatbelt. It is important to understand that a standard traffic violation can lead to a DUI arrest if the driver, once he or she is stopped, is suspected of Driving Under the Influence.
Anyone arrested for DUI (driving under the influence), or another related charge, should immediately contact a Tennessee DUI Attorney familiar with Tennessee DUI laws. For more information about the crime of DUI or about Tennessee traffic violations, Steve and Sara are available by calling 865-249-7200. You may also wish to visit www.tndui.com for more information about the offense of driving under the influence in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has issued a media release dated July 1, 2013 that details plans for an impaired driving enforcement campaign for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. The Tennessee Highway Patrol plans to implement several checkpoints for the duration of the holiday weekend, which will include the standard sobriety checkpoints (DUI Roadblocks) and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as the more aggressive “no refusal” sobriety checkpoints.
At these checkpoint locations, every driver who passes through must be stopped and questioned by Troopers. During the stop, if the Troopers notice signs of drug and/or alcohol impairment you may be asked to exit your vehicle to perform certain roadside tasks (field sobriety tests).
Information about the dates and locations of the planned DUI checkpoints in the Knoxville area are included below and have been taken directly from the Tennessee Highway Patrol press release. Information for additional DUI roadblocks across Tennessee can be downloaded here.
Anyone arrested for DUI (driving under the influence), or another related charge, should immediately contact a Tennessee DUI Attorney familiar with Tennessee DUI laws. For more information about the crime of DUI or about your legal rights with respect to a Tennessee Highway Patrol checkpoint, Steve and Sara are available by calling 865-249-7200. You may also wish to visit www.tndui.com for more information about the offense of driving under the influence in Tennessee.
DIST. 1 KNOXVILLE—Fourth of July Sobriety Checkpoints
* Indicates a No Refusal Sobriety Checkpoint; DL indicates a Driver’s License Checkpoint
THURSDAY, JULY 4
|Checkpoint||County||Road/Highway||Time of Day|
|DL CHECKPOINT||Loudon||EAST TELLICO PKWY NORTH OF 411||Afternoon|
|SOBRIETY*||Knox||CONCORD @ STATE ROUTE 332||Late Night|
|SOBRIETY*||Knox||STATE ROUTE 62 EAST @ STATE ROUTE 162||Late Night|
FRIDAY, JULY 5:
|Checkpoint||County||Road/Highway||Time of Day|
|DL CHECKPOINT||Loudon||FOSTER RD @ BROWDER HILL & STEVENS RD||Afternoon|
|SOBRIETY*||Knox||STATE ROUTE 131 @ CARPENTER RD||Night|
|SOBRIETY*||Knox||MAYNARDVILLE RD @ FT. SUMTER RD||Night|
|SOBRIETY||Roane||HWY 382 @ CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS||Night|
|SOBRIETY||Sevier||US 411 @ STATE ROUTE 139 DOUGLAS DAM RD||Night|
|SOBRIETY||Anderson||STATE ROUTE 61 @ VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH||Night|
SATURDAY, JULY 6:
|Checkpoint||County||Road/Highway||Time of Day|
|DL CHECKPOINT||Morgan||STATE ROUTE 62 @ PETIT LANE||Morning|
|DL CHECKPOINT||Campbell||SR 63 @ CAMPBELL/CLAIBORNE CO LINE||Night|
|SOBRIETY||Blount||OLD KNOXVILLE HWY @ I-140 RAMP||Night|
|SOBRIETY*||Sevier||SR 66 @ SR 139 DOUGLAS DAM RD||Late Night|
Choosing the right Tennessee DUI lawyer is a critical decision that must be taken seriously. A Driving Under the Influence charge is often the first interaction many people have with the criminal justice system, which naturally leads to stress and uncertainty about the criminal process and possible repercussions. Many people often receive a flood of mail following a DUI arrest from attorneys, but it makes sense to carefully consider all options.
If you hire a lawyer and become dissatisfied with your choice, while your case is pending or even after a DUI conviction, it may be difficult to retain a different DUI attorney. For instance, because it is so important to begin investigating a DUI quickly, our office is often reluctant to to take a case after another lawyer has been retained and precious time to investigate has been lost. Therefore, the first decision should be made after considering the following:
- What is the focus of the attorney’s practice? Are they, and for how long have they been primarily devoted to DUI defense?
- Has the lawyer had any complaints filed against him or her?
- What books and articles has the attorney published?
- Did the DUI attorney graduate from an ABA accredited law school?
- Has the Tennessee Commission on CLE & Specialization and the National College for DUI Defense certified the attorney as a DUI Defense Specialist?
- What reviews has the attorney received from lawyer review agencies like Avvo?
- Has the lawyer achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s™ prestigious “AV” (very high to preeminent) rating?
- When and how often has the attorney lectured to his or her peers about DUI Defense?
We encourage prospective clients to devote the appropriate time, usually 2 hours, to properly investigate and speak with an attorney about their case. In our office, Steve and Sara are available every day of the year to discuss pending DUI charges. Please contact us at 865-249-7200 with any questions.