Offering Skilled Counsel When You Have Been Charged With A DUI
Tennessee DUI laws are known for their severity. State legislators designed these statutes to promote public safety and deter repeat offenses. Likewise, police officers, prosecutors and judges take a firm line with drunk driving cases. Prosecutors and judges are less inclined to give the benefit of a doubt to drivers charged with driving under the influence (DUI) than those charged with other offenses.
If you have been charged with a DUI offense, it is wise to retain a qualified attorney to defend your interests in court. Without a substantial background in criminal defense, you may not be able to determine whether your rights were violated during the police stop. In addition, you may not be able to evaluate whether pleading guilty is in your best interest.
Nashville’s Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, represents individuals charged with a range of criminal offenses, including DUI violations. Our attorneys, Matt Maniatis and Vanessa Saenz, have substantial experience arguing criminal cases in courts, so they are able to accurately assess the best course of action to pursue given your circumstances. With their vast understanding of the legal process, they navigate complicated procedures efficiently, which may limit the time and expense you expend.
DUI Convictions Have Serious Repercussions
Your DUI charge may be classified as a misdemeanor. If you represent yourself in court and plead guilty to avoid a trial, you may believe paying a fine will end your troubles. There are additional consequences connected to this conviction, including:
- Community service
- Mandatory jail time
- Participation in alcohol treatment programs
- License suspension
In addition, it is up to the judge’s discretion to require an interlock device be installed in your car or to order you to wear an ankle bracelet during your probation period. You are financially responsible for paying for this monitoring.
This conviction cannot be expunged from your record and may establish grounds for modifying the terms of your visitation and custody agreement.
Immigration Consequences Connected With This Violation
The penalties associated with a DUI conviction are heavier for noncitizens than they are for U.S. citizens. Although a misdemeanor is considered a lesser criminal offense, this conviction may prohibit you from renewing your application for permanent residency, obtaining or renewing your visa, or restrict you from becoming a citizen through naturalization. You may also be deported.
With so much at stake, it is vital to work with a DUI defense lawyer. When you hire our full-service firm, our criminal defense attorneys will tailor a strategy that addresses your unique concerns, whether they involve immigration matters or family law issues.
Charged With A DUI? Don’t Take A Chance With Self-Representation. Contact Our Attorneys Today.
Learn your options and possible outcomes for your case before you appear in court. For your convenience, you can arrange a meeting at our office by completing our online intake form or by calling us at 615-366-1211.