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Oak Ridge DUI Defense Attorney

Oak Ridge, TN Criminal Defense Lawyer

Top DUI Attorney Serving Oak Ridge, Tennessee

When you are facing charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances, the services of an experienced DUI defense attorney can be extremely beneficial. At the law offices of Jeffrey Coller, Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney, we have over a decade of experience handling DUI offenses and other types of criminal charges. A DUI conviction can carry severe penalties, including fines, license suspension or revocation, mandatory alcohol education programs, probation, and even jail time. Our experience in DUI cases can help you navigate through the legal process and work towards minimizing the potential repercussions you may face.

Types of DUI Offenses

We can assist with DUI cases involving:

  • Driving under the influence: If you are accused of operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level exceeding the legal limit set by state law—0.08 percent for drivers over 21 years old—you will face a number of serious consequences, even for a first offense. A conviction for a first-time DUI offense may result in penalties such as fines ranging from $350 to $1,500, the revocation of your license for one year, and a prison sentence between two days and one year. You may also be required to participate in an alcohol treatment program at your expense, use an ignition interlock device after the reinstatement of your license, and perform community service during a period of probation. The penalties for a second or subsequent DUI will be more serious. Hiring an experienced advocate from the law firm of Jeffrey Coller, Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney can help you determine your options for avoiding a conviction or reducing the potential penalties.
  • Aggravated DUI: Enhanced charges may apply in cases involving factors that make a drunk driving offense more severe than "standard" DUI charges. Aggravating circumstances include driving while impaired with a child passenger under the age of 18 in the vehicle. Enhanced penalties for aggravated DUI can vary, but they typically involve large monetary fines ranging from $3,000 to $15,000, longer periods of license revocation ranging from two to eight years, mandatory community service, and incarceration for more than one year following a felony conviction.
  • DUI with drugs: "Driving under the influence" does not only refer to alcohol impairment, but it may also include situations in which a driver is impaired driving due to the use of illegal substances, legally prescribed medication, or even over-the-counter drugs. Proving that intoxication was caused by drugs can be more challenging than establishing alcohol impairment, since the presence of a drug in a person's system does not necessarily show that their ability to drive safely was affected. In these cases, prosecutors might rely on other evidence, such as police observations, field sobriety tests performed at traffic stops, witness testimony, and urine or blood tests. Our experienced DUI attorneys can help build a defense strategy in drug-related DUI cases. We will analyze all aspects of your case—such as whether field sobriety tests and chemical tests were conducted properly—and we will challenge any questionable evidence against you.
  • Underage DWI: Drivers who are below the legal drinking age are subject to different legal BAC limits than those that apply for drivers who are over 21 years old. In Tennessee, drivers under the age of 21 may be charged with DUI if they are tested with a BAC of at least 0.02 percent.
  • Commercial vehicle DUI: Drivers with commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) who operate vehicles such as trucks or buses are held to higher standards due to the potential risks commercial vehicles can pose to others. The legal BAC limit for commercial drivers is lower—0.04 percent in Tennessee. Being convicted of a DUI offense in a commercial vehicle can result in severe consequences, including loss of employment and difficulty finding future job opportunities. Commercial businesses perform routine background checks, and a commercial driver with a DUI on their record may struggle to get hired in the future. If you hold a CDL, and you have been charged with intoxicated driving while on duty, it is crucial to consult with an attorney to determine your options for defense.

Contact Our Oak Ridge, Tennessee DUI Defense Lawyers

When you have been accused of any type of drunk driving offense, it is important to hire an attorney who has experience successfully advocating for clients in these types of cases. At Jeffrey Coller, Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney, we have over a decade of experience representing people who have been charged with DUI and other criminal offenses. Contact us at 865-281-1000 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

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