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DUI is a serious offense. Your first DUI can result in a jail sentence of at least 48 hours and not more than 11 months and 29 days. At best, you will be on probation for a year and have to report to a probation office once a month during that term. You'll also be assessed a fine of anywhere from $250 up to $1,500. And, you'll lose your license for a year and often perform public service work.
The more DUI's you have, the more serious your punishment becomes, up to the fourth or subsequent DUI being a felony conviction. That can come with a jail sentence of up to six years and fines approaching $10,000. With a third DUI or higher, you are subject to civil forfeiture and can lose the automobile you were driving at the time of your arrest.
It is possible to get a restricted license, but you will have to use an interlock ignition device and pay a monthly fee for its use.
When you are arrested for a DUI, you will be asked to submit to either a blood alcohol screen or a breath-alcohol exam. You are not required to do either, but failure to do so can lead to a a violation of the Tennessee Implied Consent statute and the lose of your license for a year.
Like with any criminal charge, if you are charged with a DUI, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to determine what your rights are and what your best options might be. The presence of alcohol in your system isn't always an indicator of guilt. The results could be flawed and may be excluded from evidence. Consult with your attorney and find out.