Aggressive Sevierville DUI Defense Lawyers Protect your Future
Help for residents and visitors in Sevierville, Gatlinburg, Seymour and Pigeon Forge facing DWI/DUI charges
In Tennessee, if you are suspected of drinking alcohol and then driving, you can be charged with Driving Under the Influence, or DUI (DWI, or Driving While Intoxicated, is still in use in other states). A DUI conviction carries fines and penalties which increase depending on how high your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is purported to be, where you were when you were pulled over, whether or not you have been convicted of a DUI/DWI before, and other reasons specific to your case. The Sevierville DUI defense lawyers of Delius & McKenzie, PLLC know exactly what your future holds if you are convicted, and will fight on your behalf if you are charged with driving drunk.
State vs. federal DUI charges
If you are like most people, you didn’t even know there was a difference between a state DUI and a federal DUI – but there is. And the roads leading from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Pigeon Forge, Seymour, Gatlinburg and Sevierville are a mix when it comes to ownership: Tennessee, local municipalities and the federal government. While a DUI/DWI conviction while driving on a local or state-owned road is bad enough, the fines and penalties associated with a conviction stemming from a stop on a federal road could be even worse, especially if you are charged with being under the influence of drugs, which can lead to enhancement charges.
When can you be charged with a DUI in Tennessee?
People also believe that you can only be convicted of a DUI/DWI in Tennessee if you are above the legal limit of .08 BAC, but that is untrue. A DUI charge means you were under the influence; it does not require you to be drunk. As long as a police officer has a reasonable suspicion that you may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving, you can be pulled over for a DUI stop. You can also be charged if:
- You are a passenger in a motor vehicle and the driver has been drinking or taking drugs
- You are riding a motorized vehicle other than a car, truck or motorcycle, such as a ride-on mower or ATV
- You are behind the wheel of your car (or napping in the back) while the car is stationary – including when it is in your own driveway
If you are asked to take a breath test, you have the right to deny it – but you could lose your license for one year as a result. The smartest move you can make when you’re facing DUI/DWI charges is to contact an experienced Sevierville DUI defense lawyer immediately. Our team has helped countless people charged with state and federal DUIs in Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and we want to help you, too, whether this is your first time being charged or you are an alleged repeat offender.
Learn more about DUI charges in Tennessee
Charged with a DUI on state or federal roads? Let our Sevier County DUI lawyers help.
Delius & McKenzie, PLLC offers aggressive representation to clients charged with a DUI/DWI on roadways in and around Sevierville, Seymour, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. We fight hard to have your charges dropped, and reduced when dropping them is not possible. To make an appointment with an experienced Sevierville DWI/DUI defense lawyer, please call 865-428-8780 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. Our team offers in-custody visits.