Attorneys Fight Subsequent DUI Offenses and Felony Charges

Defending against serious DUI-related criminal charges

While any DUI crime is a serious matter deserving the attention of an experienced criminal defense attorney, repeat DUI offenses and drunk-driving incidents resulting in serious injury or death can lead to life-altering penalties. If you have been convicted of DUI in the past or if you were involved in an alcohol-related accident that caused injury or death, you are likely facing more than a typical DUI charge. If you find yourself in this position, every action you take can affect the rest of your life. That is why your first action should be consulting a criminal defense attorney at the Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC. Representing people in Clarksville accused of serious felonies for more than 18 years, our attorneys have the knowledge and resources to fight for your rights and freedom in Kentucky and Tennessee courts.

Progressive penalties for DUI

Tennessee law takes the position that one DUI shows a certain degree of bad judgment, but every subsequent DUI evidences an increasingly reckless disregard for the safety of others. That is why each successive conviction results in more severe penalties, culminating in a felony record and lengthy incarceration:

  • Second offense
    • 45 days to 11 months, 29 days in jail
    • $600 to $3,500 fine
    • Two-year license revocation with restricted license available after one year
    • Potential seizure and forfeiture of your vehicle
  • Third offense
    • 120 days to 11 months 29 days in jail
    • $1,100 to $10,000 fine
    • Six- to ten-year license revocation with no restricted license available
    • Potential seizure and forfeiture of your vehicle
  • Fourth or subsequent offense
    • One year in jail with at least 150 days served consecutively
    • Felony record
    • $3,000 to $15,000 fine
    • License revocation for eight years with no restricted license available
    • Potential seizure and forfeiture of your vehicle

At the Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC, we understand the effect these serious consequences can have on your life. Our attorneys use our considerable resources and more than 75 years of combined experience to fight for people in Clarksville facing second, third and fourth offense DUIs.

Other serious DUI-related crimes

A number of other serious DUI-related felony charges apply to incidents involving death or injury:

  • Vehicular assault - This is charged if you cause serious injury to another while driving under the influence. It is a Class D felony carrying a sentence of two to 12 years in prison and a one- to five-year license revocation with no restricted license availability.
  • Vehicular homicide - This is causing the death of another person while driving under the influence. It is a Class B felony carrying a sentence of eight to 30 years in prison.
  • Aggravated vehicular assault - This crime includes causing serious injury or death while driving under the influence after already being convicted of two or more DUIs or vehicular assaults or one vehicular homicide. This is a Class A felony carrying a sentence of 15 to 60 years in prison.

Trust us when felony DUI puts your freedom in jeopardy

An alcohol-related car accident or repeat DUI can change your life in an instant. If you are facing these serious charges in Tennessee and Kentucky, you can trust the attorneys of the Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC to fight hard for your rights and freedom. Call our offices today at 931-444-5620 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at one of our three Clarksville offices.