Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs is an offense that can result in expensive fines and a jail term. In Tennessee, you may face a DUI charge if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more. Additionally, you may be charged for refusing to submit to a BAC test.
The punishment for drunk driving in the state can differ. it depends on the frequency of the offense and if another person suffered an injury or death from an accident caused by the drunk driver.
If you are facing this charge, here are three mistakes to avoid.
Posting on social media
If a police officer stops and requests you to submit to a breathalyzer test, you may disagree with the results, especially if you didn’t drink or believe your consumption was not as high as indicated. At this moment, you may choose to go on social media to post your concerns.
However, this may work against you. Your posts may be used as evidence to convict you. It will help not to use social media at the scene and during proceedings.
Believing you have no defense
You can defend a DUI charge using several strategies, including challenging the breathalyzer and field sobriety tests, confirming the stop was illegal and proving you had eaten food or used medicine that led to a false positive. Believing you have no defense and, as a result, not fighting is a mistake.
Not taking the charge seriously
DUI charges are risky as you may lose your license, go to jail and pay high fines. Thus, you should take it seriously and act accordingly sooner.
A DUI charge can affect you in different ways. It will be best to get professional guidance to defend yourself.