Why You need a Knoxville DUI Attorney for a First Offense DUI

If this is your first DUI offense, you need to know that a DUI 1st offense is a Class A misdemeanor carrying a sentence of eleven months, twenty-nine days. If convicted, a person may receive probation on the charge, but there are minimum penalties which are required by law to be assessed. These include:

  • 48 hours in jail which could be increased to 7 days in jail if blood alcohol is in excess of .20;
  • Revocation of your driver’s license for one (1) year;
  • $350 fine;
  • DUI school; and
  • Court costs.

Please note, that these are minimum penalties and that the law may provide additional penalties depending on the facts and circumstances of your case. For example, the law provides for a minimum enhancement of thirty (30) days in jail and a $1,000 fine if the person charged was accompanied by a child under eighteen (18) years of age. The point is, that there are many details and nuances to the offense of DUI that you should seek an experienced Knoxville DUI Attorney to assist you in defending your case.