Because of the potential dangers involved when a driver is impaired, the courts in Tennessee and other states typically impose harsher penalties after a conviction if children were involved in a DUI incident. In fact, in some situations, a simple DUI can quickly become a felony if a minor was in the vehicle. One local man was fortunate to have avoided an accident, but he now faces drunk driving charges complicated by the presence of his child in the vehicle.
Tennessee is one of the strictest states when it comes to dealing with impaired drivers. Drunk driving penalties are harsh, and law enforcement officers takes seriously their duty to prevent innocent drivers from becoming victims of DUI accidents. After being involved in an accident, if a driver has a DUI attached to any other charges, that driver may face an uncertain future. Additionally, there are situations where a passenger may share that uncertainty.
A conviction for DUI may carry penalties that can affect a person's life for years. If the offense is not the driver's first, those penalties may be even more serious. However, facing a drunk driving charge with a minor in the vehicle will certainly lead to enhanced penalties if the driver is convicted. One Tennessee man is facing such a situation after a recent traffic incident.
In Tennessee, driving while impaired is not limited to offenses related to alcohol. Drunk driving is only one way in which a driver can be considered impaired, however the standards for proving impairment may be questionable no matter what the suspected intoxicant may be. A recent accident involving a pedestrian has one man defending himself against accusations of misusing prescription drugs before driving.
When people consider possible penalties for DUI, most probably think of fines, jail time or license suspension. However, many people in Tennessee may also be aware of the community service that was a mandatory consequence for a drunk driving conviction. This penalty served the two-fold purpose of providing the person convicted with an alternative to jail while fulfilling a need in the community.