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Tennessee DUI/DWI Information:
Driving under the Influence is one of the few crimes for which an individual can be convicted solely on the opinion of a police officer.
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  • Upon conviction for First Offense DUI, a person is subject to the following penalties:
  • A sentence of 11 months, 29 days, with a minimum of 48 hours in jail, or a minimum of 7 days in jail if, at the time of the offense, the defendant's blood alcohol level was .20% or higher;
  • A minimum $350.00 fine and court costs;
  • Loss of driver’s license for a period of one year
  • Enrollment in a court approved DUI education course.
  • License revocation for one year is also required when a defendant is found to have refused to submit to a chemical (blood, breath, or urine) test after being lawfully requested to do so. This may apply even where the defendant is not convicted of DUI.

    In addition, under Tennessee driving law persons under the age of 18 may lose their privileges for:
  • Convictions of any drug or alcohol offense, whether or not the offense occurred while driving;
  • Dropping out of school (which is defined as having ten consecutive or 15 total days in a semester of unexcused absences);
  • Failure to make satisfactory progress in school (which in general means passing three subjects per grading period); or
  • Weapons violations.

Tennessee Point Reduction System:


Violation Type

- Points
Speeding 1 through 5 mph in excess of speed zone     - 1
Speeding 6 through 15 mph in excess of speed zone     - 3
Speeding 16 through 25 mph in excess of speed zone     - 4
Speeding 26 through 35 mph in excess of speed zone     - 5
Speeding 36 through 45 mph in excess of speed zone     - 6
Speeding 46 and above in excess of speed zone     - 8
Signs and control devices – failure to obey traffic instructions     - 4
Improper passing – passing where prohibited     - 4
Following improperly     - 4
Failing to yield the right of way     - 3
Making improper turn     - 4
Failure to signal intention to change vehicle direction     - 3
Passing school bus taking on or discharging passengers     - 2
Following emergency vehicles unlawfully     - 6
Speed less than posted minimum     - 2
Violation of bumper law conviction     - 3
Driving without being licensed or without license required for type of vehicle operated     - 4
Driving while license under suspension, revocation, or cancellation     - 3
Careless or negligent driving     - 8
Violation of driver license restrictions     - 4
Reckless endangerment by vehicle – misdemeanor     - 8
Miscellaneous traffic violations failing to maintain control, improper control, etc., or any offense involving the operation of a motor vehicle not herein specified     - 3
Leaving the scene of an accident (property damage only)     - 5
Failure to report an accident     - 4
Fleeing law enforcement officer (misdemeanor)     - 6
Driving while ability impaired     - 6


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