Murfreesboro DUI Lawyers
In a worst-case scenario, a DUI with accident injuries, turn to us
It is literally a matter of life and death. Each year, countless Americans decide to drink and drive, often with catastrophic or fatal results. In Tennessee, there are severe penalties upon conviction for DUI resulting in injuries or death. The experienced Tennessee DUI lawyers at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley fight for clients charged with injuring another while under the influence.
DUI with injury and fatality statistics are staggering
When it comes to quantifying the consequences of DUI, the facts speak for themselves. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Nationally, drunk-driving accidents claimed the lives of more than 1,000 children in 2014. Of those, more than 200 were passengers and 116 were in the car driven by someone who had been drinking.
- From 2003 to 2012, more than 3,400 people died as a result of drunk driving in Tennessee.
- In Rutherford County alone, there were 3,600 known alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents from Jan. 1, 2006 through March 31, 2016.
- By the end of March, there were 92 known alcohol-related traffic crashes in Rutherford County for 2016 alone.
- In 2015, there were more than 300 such motor vehicle accidents in the county.
Your life as you know it is also on the line
If you’re convicted of DUI with injuries in Tennessee, your life will never be the same. You’ll have to deal with the emotional fallout from the incident. There are also significant financial ramifications, including fines, court costs, legal fees and even the potential loss of your job. The loss of your driving privileges can have a drastic impact on your ability to work and engage in daily household activities. Then there’s the matter of jail time or imprisonment. Here are some specifics:
- If you were with someone age 17 or younger who was seriously injured as the result of your decision to drive under the influence, the offense is a Class D felony. The range of punishment upon conviction is the same as that for vehicular assault.
- If you were with someone age 17 or younger who died as a result of your decision to drive under the influence, the offense is a Class B felony. The range of punishment is the same as that for vehicular homicide involving intoxication.
- The fine that can be levied for any DUI offense, including those listed above, that occurs when someone age 17 or younger is with the driver is $1,000. This is an additional penalty.
- You may be ordered to make financial reparation to someone who is hurt or suffers other economic losses as a condition of your probation.
- You will not be allowed to apply for a restricted license.
If you’re facing DUI with injury charges, contact our knowledgeable Murfreesboro DUI attorneys today
With so much at stake when you’re charged with a serious crime, here’s no substitute for experience. The Murfreesboro DUI attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley have the skill needed to provide the best possible defense in your DUI with injury case. You can arrange to meet with a lawyer online or by calling our Murfreesboro office at (615) 893-1331.