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Chattanooga DUI Lawyers

Protect Your Driving Privileges

Being charged with a crime can be incredibly confusing and frightening. This is why you cannot leave the selection of your legal representative to the last minute or chance. Sufficient experience and knowledge in the field are both essential when it comes to getting a favorable outcome. Best Brock Hayduk offer a personal touch, understanding, and intimate knowledge of criminal defense procedures during their communication with clients. You can trust our team when it comes to your legal representation.

Call Best Hayduk Brock today for a free consultation by dialing (423) 829-1043 or contacting us online.

Certified Legal Skill on Your Side

Our attorneys handle cases from simple speeding tickets to first-degree murder, DUI, and drug-related crimes. Attorneys Matt Brock and Andrea Hayduk are among few attorneys in the nation certified as instructors in the DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is the same course that police officers take in order to make DUI arrests while in the Academy.

As impaired driving laws with regards to substances other than alcohol are becoming more prevalent, our lawyers work to remain ahead of the curve with their education. Ms. Hayduk and Mr. Brock are certified in ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement) to help detect when officers are making calls of reasonable suspicion on the consumption of alcohol or drugs.

They have also attended 40-hour Forensic science courses at Axion lab in Chicago dealing with gas chromatography—the method used in testing blood for alcohol in Tennessee DUI cases and DUI Drugs—which teaches the impact of drugs on the human body and the forensic science involved in testing blood for drugs in DUI cases.

Mr. Brock is an Ambassador for the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association, member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the Chattanooga Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He has also taken a modified version of the drug recognition evaluation (DRE) training given to law enforcement, which includes a number of different tests.

These include:

  • Field sobriety tests, some of which are also used to determine alcohol intoxication
  • Physiological tests such as those which measure the dilation of the suspect’s pupils, blood pressure, internal clock, etc.

This training allows DUI lawyer, Mr. Brock, to not only assess whether an arrest has been done properly for alcohol impairment, but also to refute officers from making claims that they suspected there might have been drugs involved as well.

Ms. Hayduk is a founding member and current board member of the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association (DUIDLA), member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NCDD) and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

How We Help Our Clients

For a field sobriety test to be valid, the police must have administered the test in strict compliance with standardized testing procedures. Our team can review the video and testimonial evidence in the case to determine any defects in the administration of those tests. The officers must have had articulable reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle prior to asking someone to exit the vehicle and perform these tests. Stop issues are often ripe for litigation in DUI cases.

If a breath or blood test is administered, a skilled attorney should review the circumstances surrounding the administration of the test to determine any errors in procedure and strict compliance with the law including the 4th Amendment. In the event that the test is valid, breath and blood tests are not infallible. At Best Hayduk Brock, our Chattanooga DUI lawyers remain on the cutting edge of forensic science and have specialized training in gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. We are ready, willing, and able to analyze the raw data from these chemical tests to determine if errors were made.

What Happens After a DUI Conviction?

As far as DUI penalties in Tennessee go, the statute contains mandatory minimum penalties for all convictions.

This law is written as:

  • First offense
    • Class A misdemeanor with up to 11 months and 29 days in jail with a mandatory minimum of 48 hours to serve
    • If breath or blood results are .20 or greater, the mandatory minimum is 7 days to serve
    • $465.00 fine
    • DUI school
    • 1-year loss of license (restricted license available for a TN licensee with an interlock)
  • Second offense
    • Class A misdemeanor with up to 11 months and 29 days in jail with a mandatory minimum of 45 days to serve
    • $600.00 – $3,500.00 fine
    • 2-year loss of license (restricted license available for a TN licensee with an interlock)
    • Interlock required for an additional 6 months after reinstatement if prior within five years
    • Potential seizure of vehicle upon conviction
  • Third offense
    • Class A misdemeanor with up to 11 months and 29 days in jail with a mandatory minimum of 120 days to serve
    • $1,100.00 – $10,000.00 fine
    • 6-year loss of license (restricted license available for a TN licensee with an interlock)
    • Interlock required for an additional 6 months after reinstatement
    • Potential seizure of vehicle
  • Fourth offense
    • Felony with up to 6 years in jail with a mandatory minimum of 150 days to serve
    • $3,000.00 – $15,000.00 fine
    • 8-year loss of license (restricted license available for a TN licensee with an interlock)
    • Interlock required for an additional 6 months after reinstatement
    • Potential seizure of vehicle

If at the time of the DUI offense, the person was accompanied by a child under 18 years of age, the person’s sentence shall be enhanced by a mandatory minimum of 30 days to be served in addition to the penalty for the DUI and an additional $1,000.00 fine.

DUI Convictions Are for Life

It is important to be aware that DUI, unlike many other crimes, cannot be expunged from your record unless your case is won or dismissed. A DUI conviction remains on your record for life.

The consequences are many, possibly including:

  • Loss of car insurance or sky-high premiums
  • Loss of job due to the negative impact on a professional license or security clearance; additionally, many military offenders will suffer sanctions within the military in addition to the state penalties such as loss of driving privileges on base, loss of rank, and suspended pay
  • Inability to travel freely outside of the United States
  • Immigration problems
  • Inability to get certain jobs

Due to the serious nature of this kind of offense, the mandatory jail time even for a first offense, and the many often unforeseen collateral consequences that may exist depending on your individual circumstances, it is important to consult with the Best Hayduk Brock DUI defense lawyers as soon as possible.

Our law firm can build you the Chattanooga DUI defense that will increase your chances at a positive outcome. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are looking for reliable legal representation. The DUI defense attorneys at Best Hayduk Brock are here to give you the defense you need while protecting your rights.

Call (423) 829-1043 today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

“This is our pledge:
To address your individual concerns as well as your legal issues. To answer all of your questions thoroughly and honestly as they come up. To aggressively defend your rights and interests to the best of our ability within the rules of ethics and the law.”

- Best Hayduk Brock
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