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Tennessee DUI Laws, Fines and Penalties

DUI in Tennessee is a serious crime with serious consequences. If you are caught operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher, you will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent under Tennessee DUI law (also known as Tennessee DWI law).

 

What are the penalties for a DUI in Tennessee?

  1st Offense  2nd Offense 3rd Offense             4th Offense
Jail 48 hours up to 11 months 45 days up to 1 year 120 days up to 1 year 150 days up to 6 years
Fines and Penalties $350 to $1,500 $600 to $3,500 $1,100 to $10,000 $3,000 to $15,000
License Suspension 1 year 2 years 3 to 10 years 5 Years to Indefinite
ID Required Yes Yes Yes Yes

1st Time DUI Offender

  • 48 hours up to 11 months, 29 days for offenders in violation of 55-10-401
  • .20 BAC or greater minimum jail time 7 consecutive days
  • License revocation for 1 year
  • You will be ordered to participate in an alcohol and drug treatment program
  • Pay restitution to any person suffering physical injury or personal loss
  • $350-$1,500 fine
  • With towing, bail, attorney, high risk insurance, court costs, school, and reinstatement fees, your first offense average costs could add up to $4,900
  • Judge can order you to install an Ignition Interlock Device at your expense. Minimum first year costs could exceed $1,000.00
  • If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expense
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment may be required at the judge's discretion

2nd Time DUI Offender

  • 45 days to 11 months, 29 days in jail
  • $600-$3,500 mandatory fine
  • License revocation for 2 years/Restricted License available after first year
  • Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeiture
  • You will be ordered to attend an alcohol and drug treatment program
  • The judge can order you to install an Ignition Interlock Device at your expense
  • If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expense
  • Pay restitution to any person suffering personal injury or loss

3rd Time DUI Offender

  • 120 days to 11 months, 29 days in jail
  • $1,100 to $10,000 mandatory fines
  • License revocation for 6-10 years/NO restricted license available
  • Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeiture
  • Alcohol and drug treatment program
  • Judge could order an Ignition Interlock Device installed at your expense
  • If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expens

4th and Subsequent DUI Offender

  • Class E Felony
  • 1 Year (365) days of jail time with a minimum of 150 consecutive days served
  • $3,000 to $15,000 mandatory fine
  • License revocation for 8 years/NO restricted license available
  • Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeiture
  • Alcohol and drug treatment program
  • Judge could order an Ignition Interlock Device installed at your expense
  • If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expense
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