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DUI defendants face new public signs

Anyone in Tennessee who has ever had even one alcoholic beverage and then driven a vehicle could have been vulnerable to a drunk driving arrest. Contrary to popular belief, it is not only people who are intoxicated beyond belief who find themselves facing these charges. Many professional and upstanding citizens have been charged with DUI offenses and had to experience the wide range of associated consequences.

The financial aspect of a drunk driving arrest is often greater than many people would expect, especially depending upon the specific situation. There is also a very real but not often talked about emotional or social side to a drunk driving arrest. Despite the fact that it can and does happen to “everyday” people, there remains a stigma that can leave people feeling shunned and embarrassed.

Starting this summer, Tennessee drivers involved in DUI accidents in which someone else died may have to endure another tough emotional slug in the gut. Family members of those who die can request that special roadside signs be erected at the sites of the fatal crashes. The signs would indicate the death involved an alleged drunk driver. Certainly it is important to keep people safe and to raise awareness about the ways to do so. However, sometimes these efforts may have other consequences along the way.

Drivers who have been arrested for a DUI in Tennessee may wish to reach out to an attorney for help. A DUI is a criminal offense and understanding how the law handles these cases is important.

Source: The Leaf-Chronicle, “First DUI victims sign unveiled on Friday,” June 3, 2016

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