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A More Progressive Approach to Legal Representation

Committed to helping young people who've made a mistake behind the wheel

A few weeks back, our blog discussed how college students across Tennessee who are heading back to school in the coming weeks must resist the temptation to avoid blowing off any misdemeanor charges -- perhaps like they would a reading assignment -- given the potential criminal and collateral consequences.

In keeping with this idea, it's important for those college students 21 and older who plan to head to local taverns or house parties to blow off some steam over the months ahead to understand that they can face potentially serious ramifications if they decide to get behind the wheel after having one beer, one mixed drink or one shot too many, and are picked up by the police.

If you don't believe it, consider state law dictates that those convicted of first-offense driving under the influence face up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, and a fine of up to $1,500. This is not to mention license revocation for up to one year, mandatory participation in an alcohol and drug treatment program, and the possibility of an ignition interlock device.

It's important for young people to understand that when they do make a poor decision and find themselves under arrest for drunk driving that they are not without options. Indeed, a skilled and experienced attorney can pursue alternatives to incarceration or even seek to have the charges reduced, negotiating directly with the prosecutor.

At Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC, our attorneys possess not just this skill and experience, but a commitment to protecting the rights, freedom and future of all clients both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom.

To learn more about how we can assist those charged with drunk driving and our progressive approach to the practice of law, please visit our website.

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