Tennessee DUI law defines drunk driving or driving under the influence as the operation of a motor vehicle on any freeway, public road, street alley, etc… while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (legal prescription drugs or illegal substances) and/or operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater.
By operating a vehicle with a BAC of .08% or greater you are violating what's referred to as the Tennessee per se law
The state of Tennessee will ’look back’ on prior DUI convictions for a period of up to 10 years when determining which number offense you are being charged with. So any additional offenses within a 10 year period will result in a multiple offense.
Here is what you can expect as far as punishments for DUI offenses in Tennessee:
*The look back period on Tennessee DUI offenses is 10 years, meaning if you get 2 DUI offenses within a 10 year period the latter will be classified as a 2nd offense.
*Vehicle forfeiture in Tennessee is authorized at the 2nd TN DUI offense and each recurring incident thereafter.
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