You've always heard that driving is a privilege and not a right, and you heard that 100% correctly. But what happens when you find yourself parked, with the oh-so familiar red and blue lights flashing behind you?
Most traffic citations are minor infractions, equal parts annoyance and cash from your wallet, but there are more serious traffic charges drivers can face, from driving on a suspended license to driving under the influence. Knowing your rights in these situations is crucial if you are to have a fair shot in the legal process.
For example, Tennessee law does not require you to agree to perform field sobriety tests when requested by an officer, and there is no legal penalty for refusing a field sobriety test. However, the investigating officer has no duty to advise you of this right when you are faced with a DUI stop. Not only are the tests humiliating, they are rigged worse than a state fair carnival game. Breathalyzers? Sure, they'll nail you with that, but those machines are not infallible, and several municipalities have even started reviewing prior cases due to faulty equipment having been used in the field.
Nothing is certain, however, except for one thing- if you get a traffic ticket in Tennessee, you shouldn't have to face the system alone. That's where Andrew C. Beasley comes in. As a former prosecutor, Andrew knows the system and is one of the most effective Nashville DUI lawyers out there, which is what you need when even first-time offenders can find themselves hit hard by a DUI charge.
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