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Dandridge Man Gets 12 Years for Pleading Guilty to Fatal DUI

April 10, 2015

A 55-year-old Jefferson County resident was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to driving while under the influence. No stranger to the courtroom, this is the third time the man has been charged with DUI. Unfortunately in this case, the DUI resulted in a fatal accident.

A 44-year-old Sevierville woman was killed when the intoxicated Dandridge man hit her car head-on. The man was found with empty pill bottles in his car, and later blood tests showed oxycodone, diphenhydramine and alprazolam in his system. With a history of past convictions, the reckless driver is facing heightened sentences and punishments.

According to Tennessee state law, a 3rd DUI conviction can result in some very serious penalties:

  • Maximum 1 Year Jail Time – Time served not only impacts those convicted, but the people closest to them as well.
  • Maximum $10,000 in Fines – These fines don’t even take into consideration the other costs associated with a DUI, such as legal fees, rehabilitation courses, and other administrative fees.
  • Mandatory Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation Courses – As mentioned, these courses are at the convicted party’s expense, and may conflict with other responsibilities such as work schedule, making it even more difficult to earn a living.
  • License Will Be Revoked for Up to 10 years – Losing your license will impact the way you’re able to get around, particularly when it comes to traveling to work. If your line of work requires that you operate a vehicle, you will be unable to perform your job duties, and could lose your job because of it.

The above penalties are all assuming that there are no injuries or fatalities associated with the incident. For the Dandridge man, penalties being faced are going to be much more severe. Furthermore, in this particular situation, the Dandridge man is now going to be legally identified as a “Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender,” meaning he will automatically be charged with a felony if he is ever found to be operating a motor vehicle again.

If you’re facing similar circumstances, it’s always in your best interest to review ALL of your legal options. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to go over the different aspects of your case, and explain what your legal options are. For more information about your rights, please call our office today.