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What are the penalties for a DUI conviction in Tennessee?

By: LawInfo

The Tennessee DUI Penalties include

1st Offense:

  • Jail Time: 48 hours-11 months & 29 days (.20 BAC or greater minimum jail time 7 consecutive days),
  • License revocation: 1 year,
  • You will be ordered to participate in a DUI school,
  • Pay restitution to any person suffering physical injury or personal loss,
  • $350-$1,500 fine,
  • With towing, bail, attorney, high risk insurance, court costs, school, and reinstatement fees, your first offense average costs could add up to $4,900,
  • Judge can order you to install a vehicle Ignition Interlock Device at your expense, Minimum 1st year cost $810, and
  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment may be required at the judge's discretion.


2nd Offense:

  • Jail Time: 45 days to 11 months & 29 days,
  • $600-$3,500 mandatory fine,
  • License revocation for 2 years/Restricted License available after first year,
  • Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeiture,
  • You will be ordered to attend a DUI school,
  • Judge can order you to install a vehicle Ignition Interlock Device at your expense,
  • If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expense, and
  • Pay restitution to any person suffering personal injury or loss.


3rd Offense:

  • 120 days to 11 months &29 days in jail,
  • $1,100 to $10,000 mandatory fines,
  • License revocation for 3-10 years/NO restricted license available,
  • Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeit,
  • DUI school,
  • Judge could order an Ignition Interlock Device installed at your expense, and
  • If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expense.


4th Offense:

  • Class E Felony,
  • 1 Year (365) days of jail time with a minimum of 150 consecutive days served,
  • $3,000 to $15,000 mandatory fine,
  • License revocation for 5 years/NO restricted license available,
  • Subject to vehicle seizure/forfeit,
  • DUI school,
  • Judge could order an Ignition Interlock Device installed at your expense,
  • If two (2) convictions of DUI in 5 years, Ignition Interlock Device required for 6 months after reinstatement at your expense.

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