DUI lawyers in Knoxville and East Tennessee
Child endangerment DUI
Implied consent law in East Tennessee for refusing to give a blood or breath sample.
DUI with serious bodily injuries to another individual involved in a car accident caused by your impairment.
DUI where another individual is killed as a proximate cause of your impairment in causing an accident.
Assault involving a loved one or a special relationship through living with one another.
Skilled defense for clients facing assault charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or serious bodily injury.
Defending children against delinquency charges and the State’s attempt to charge your child as an adult.
Representing rideshare drivers in DUI cases to protect their rights, reputation, and employment.
Defense for individuals charged with DUI while operating a rental vehicle.
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On this website, you will find blogs, videos, and some general information regarding what the attorneys at Barnes & Fersten can do to help you through your most difficult days fighting a DUI or criminal charge.
Our attorneys represent individuals arrested for DUI and other criminal charges in Knoxville, Farragut and the surrounding counties, including Blount County, Loudon County, Roane County, Anderson County, Sevier County, Union County, and McMinn County, among others across East Tennessee.
Payment Plans: Please do not let the fear of the expense of hiring a criminal defense attorney stop you from calling us. We work with our clients to provide payment plans without an interest rate so that money does not prevent you from being able to receive the highest quality criminal defense representation. Even if you cannot afford to hire us, we offer a free consultation to at least provide you with some clarity and an understanding of the process moving forward so we can take some of the weight off your shoulders.
The State of Tennessee is one of the strictest states against drunk driving. As such, the DUI laws come with a mandatory minimum jail sentence whereas many misdemeanor charges, and even many felony charges, do not have a mandatory minimum jail sentence. You can be on probation for years on a felony charge without having to serve a single day in jail but yet a DUI has mandatory jail time.
Unfortunately, that is the harsh reality about facing DUI charges in Tennessee. District Attorney Offices follow the legislature’s intent of being strict on DUI offenses causing prosecutors to aggressively prosecute DUIs. It is for this reason that you need a DUI attorney who will fight aggressively on your behalf to protect your rights, your freedom and your driving privileges in Tennessee.
Another issue is that many lawyers will review the warrant’s allegations where the officer alleges how belligerently intoxicated the defendant was causing those lawyers to simply beg prosecutors for a deal without planning for your defense. This approach rarely works. Instead, we have multiple attorneys review the body camera footage, any 911 calls, the implied consent form or search warrant, and any other evidence available in your case to point out inconsistencies in the officer’s report to the hard evidence. This allows us to find flaws in the State’s case and many times, allows us to find illegal stop, illegal seizure, illegal arrests, and illegally obtained evidence that may result in a favorable resolution through a negotiated resolution or dismissal.
To start, we will discuss every detail of your case and learn information about you during a phone consultation and/or in-office consultation to begin our initial plan of action for your defense. In some cases, we begin ordering medical records as early as day one if a medical condition may have impacted your case. We order body camera footage and all the evidence available to us as well so we can begin investigating your case as short as a few weeks later once we receive the discovery.
From there, we begin to do everything possible to negotiate with the prosecutor assigned to your case and begin thinking of motions we may file on your behalf to fight for your rights;