Did you know that in Tennessee you can be charged with DUI even if you are not actually driving the vehicle? You’re not the only one, but in accordance with the Tennessee law, the owner as well as the passengers can be held accountable for another person committing crimes behind the wheel when they’re under the influence. This means that if the driver of a vehicle is found driving under influence, the passenger or owner can also be charged under certain circumstances.
Even if the passenger or owner of vehicle never gets behind the wheel, he or she may still be found guilty. In a few cases, the owner can be arrested and charged in relation to DUI by Consent even if he or she was not present in the car when the driver got arrested. These are situations where hiring the right criminal defense attorney is crucial to your future. If you’ve already made one mistake by letting the wrong person borrow your car, don’t make a second by hiring an attorney that doesn’t have experience with DUI by consent cases.
The skilled drunk driving defense attorneys at the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell will meet with you and discuss your case in detail if you are charged with DUI by Consent in Tennessee. If you have been charged with a alcohol related driving offense in East Tennessee, contact The Law Office Of James A.H. Bell at (865) 637-2900 to schedule your free consultation today.