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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:

If I Am Charged with A Misdemeanor, Can I Go to Jail?

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Yes, if you are charged under a T.C.A, you can face up to thirty (30) days in jail for a Class C Misdemeanor, six (6) months in jail for a Class B Misdemeanor, or eleven (11) months, and 29 days for a Class A Misdemeanor. If you are charged under a local ordinance then you can not be sentenced to serve jail time. The most that can happen is a $50 fine and court costs.

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If I Am Charged with A Driving without A License  (t.C.A 55-50-501) or A Speeding Ticket (t.C.A. 55-8-152) Can I Go to Jail?

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Yes, these charges are Class C Misdemeanors and carry up to thirty (30) days in jail. 

Q:

What Are the Penalties for A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Tennessee?

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DUI is a serious offense in Tennessee. If you are convicted or plead guilty, you will be sentenced to serve: 

1st Offense – Mandatory 48 hours in jail, up to 11 months 29 days in jail, $350-$1000 in fines, DUI School and/or Victim Impact Panel, and possible Ignition Interlock Device (IID). Mandatory 7 days in jail if BAC is over .20%. 1-year license revocation.

2nd Offense – Mandatory 45 days in jail with up to 11 months 29 days possible, $600-$3,500 in fines, and mandatory IID. 2 years license revocation.

3rd Offense – Mandatory 120 days in jail with up to 11 months 29 days possible, $1,100-$10,000 in fines, and mandatory IID. 6 years license revocation.

4th or 5th Offense – Class E Felony, mandatory 150 days in jail with 1 to 6 years possible, $3,000-$15,000 in fines, mandatory IID, and classified as a felony. 8 years license revocation.

6th Offense – Class C Felony, mandatory 150 days in jail with 3 to 15 years possible, $3000-$15,000 in fines, mandatory IID, and classified as a felony. 8 years license revocation.

Q:

If I Am Not in The US Legally, Can I Obtain a Tennessee Driver's License or Driving Certificate?

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No, Tennessee does not issue driver's license or driving certificates unless you are in the country legally.