Archive for September, 2012
Yes. In Tennessee, it is possible to be convicted of a DUI while sitting in a parked vehicle with or without the engine running. According to Tennessee DUI law, a state prosecutor need only prove that an impaired person was “in physical control” of an “automobile or motor driven vehicle” in order to obtain a conviction. Court decisions in Tennessee have confirmed that a person, in a parked car, with the keys in the ignition, may be convicted of a DUI.
However, the DUI law in Tennessee does not assure that the state prosecutor will succeed in such a case. A person is not ‘automatically’ guilty when found in a vehicle with the keys in the ignition. A Tennessee DUI attorney should investigate the location of arrest, actions of law enforcement, and any proof of impairment in order to find additional weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case.
Regardless of a defendant’s location and circumstances, everyone accused of a DUI should consult with a DUI attorney as soon as possible. If you have questions about the facts of a case, Steve and Sara are ready to help you. You may reach all of our attorneys by calling (865) 249-7200.
[Source: T.C.A. 55-10-401]