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Higher rate of DUIs for men than women, says Tennessee report

Male drivers in Tennessee average more DUIs than females do, according to a recent study. In fact, the report found that for every woman apprehended by police for DUI charges, three men faced the same charges.

The study was released by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security's Department of Statistics and covers the years from 2010 to 2014. Data in the report revealed that during that five-year period there were 100,588 male drivers and 33,547 female drivers that were detained on charges of impaired driving. These numbers average approximately 20,000 DUI charges for males vs. 7,000 DUI charges for females annually.

DUI laws in Tennessee can have serious consequences. The state's laws not only strongly forbids driving while intoxicated, but also prohibits driving while impaired from illegal drug use and from lawful prescription medications as well. Even first-time DUI offenders can be penalized with a jail sentence up to almost a year and a license revocation lasting for a year. They may also possibly be required to pay for the installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device on their car.

Second, third or fourth-time defendants face even more severe penalties, especially when deaths or serious injuries are involved in the case. Besides an increased amount of jail time, the prosecution might press for the highest amount of penalties available.

However, a criminal defense attorney may be able to provide a robust defense in the case and may even be able to get the defendant's charges lowered or dropped. For example, if evidence exists showing the defendant's rights were infringed on at any time during the law enforcement's response to the incident, the judge might rule drop the charges and dismiss the case.

Source: WBIR, "TN data shows men arrested for DUI at higher rate than women", Becca Habegger and Mark Bergin, July 21, 2015

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