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3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Tennessee on
Q: I recently got charged with dui 2nd offense and probably facing jail time. What is there to avoid jail time?
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James R. Owen answered on May 20, 2019

If you hire an experienced DUI lawyer, you might be able to avoid jail time. Contact an experienced DUI lawyer.

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Q: I am looking for an attorney to possibly help my grandson with a dui but I need someone who will accept payments.

He is in Putnam co tn

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James R. Owen answered on Dec 20, 2018

You should contact an experienced DUI lawyer. I would be happy to discuss your grandson's situation.

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Q: If I intend to plead guilty to a DUI, is there any benefit of hiring an attorney to represent me?
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James R. Owen answered on Sep 25, 2018

Yes a lawyer can help you even if you plan to plead guilty. However, most importantly a lawyer can advise you as to whether or not you should plead guilty or not guilty. You should contact an experienced DUI lawyer.

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Q: Charge dui test results blood no alcohol traces of meth from 2 weeks ago no criminal record
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James R. Owen answered on Jul 19, 2018

It sounds like you have some good issues in your case. You should contact an experienced DUI lawyer in your area.

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Q: I got arrested for first offense of DUI, and did 6 hours in jail, then got booked out, what's going to happen in court?
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James R. Owen answered on Nov 20, 2017

I do not have enough information to answer your question. However, I can tell you that you need to discuss your case with an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possibly. Once you meet with a lawyer, that lawyer can answer your questions and help you decide how to handle your case.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Tennessee on
Q: If you never leave private property where people are not expected can you get a dui
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James R. Owen answered on Nov 14, 2017

No. The Tennessee DUI law is limited to driving on a public road or a place which is generally frequented by the public, such as a shopping center or apartment complex.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and DUI / DWI for Tennessee on
Q: Why can't a DUI be expunged?

I pleaded guilty to a DUI in July 1998. I was curious on why I could not be allowed to have that expunged? I pleaded guilty to a bad check I believe either in 1999 or 2000, but have not been in any type of trouble since. I know that both are misdemeanors, so why are they not allowed to be... Read more »

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James R. Owen answered on Jul 28, 2017

The expunction statute excludes DUIs specifically. DUI is one of the few misdemeanor crimes that cannot be expunged.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Tennessee on
Q: My husband was arrested for dui and blood test showed negative for alcohol. 892 ng/ml diazepam - prescribed

Marijuana 118 ng/ml

Serax 67 ng/ml. Prescribed

Is he over the Tn. Legal driving limit on any of the above? What are the legal limits?

James R. Owen
James R. Owen answered on Jul 21, 2017

Tennessee does not set a legal limit for prescription drugs or marijuana. Your husband needs to consult with an experienced DUI lawyer so that he can better understand his case and his options.

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Q: If blood was drawn to determine dui of meth.. What makes the determination of dui versus the meth used the day before?
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James R. Owen answered on Jul 6, 2017

Methamphetamine is metabolized fairly quickly as compared to other drugs. You should discuss your case with an experienced DUI lawyer to help you figure out whether what might show up in the blood test.

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Q: So if I refuse a BAC test, I lose my license. But is that it? Does anything else happen?
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James R. Owen answered on Mar 10, 2017

If you refuse a BAC test, you could lose your license, but not always. There can also be other penalties for refusing a BAC test. It depends on the facts of your case. If you consult with an experienced DUI lawyer, they will be able to explain the consequences of refusing the test under your... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Tennessee on
Q: In Tennessee do you have the right to choose which sobriety test an officer gives you?
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James R. Owen answered on Dec 22, 2016

No you cannot chose what field sobriety test the officer ask you to preform. You can refuse field sobriety test and can explain why a particular test might not be a good idea for you, such as explaining to the cop that your bad back might prevent you from walking a straight line. An experienced... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Tennessee on
Q: I thought I passed the field tests. Why was I still arrested for DUI?
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James R. Owen answered on Nov 17, 2016

Unless you know how the officers score field sobriety tests, it can be difficult to know whether you passed or failed. You should contact an experienced DUI lawyer who is certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration to administer and grade field sobriety tests. He will be able to... Read more »

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Q: 59yo female, NO record. Charges: DUI, improper lane usage & felony reckless endangerment

0 BAC, Doctor-prescribed meds showed in blood within proper doseages. (docs wrote letters with explanations.) Offered 18 months - normal for 1st offense?

- 2+ year old case

- lawyer hired but not a lot of help (tried to find a new one but had issues with case being so old)

James R. Owen
James R. Owen answered on Oct 18, 2016

I would need more information before I could answer this question definitively. However, it does seem that something is not right. If you have not already hire a lawyer, you should consider hiring an experienced DUI lawyer to help you win this case.

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2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Tennessee on
Q: Is there a bright light law in Tennessee
James R. Owen
James R. Owen answered on Oct 12, 2016

Yes Tennessee Code §55-9-406 and 407.

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