Chase Smith Identified as One of the Top DUI Attorneys in Tennessee by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD)

Press Release by the National Advocacy For DUI Defense Chase Smith is a member of the National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD), LLC, an organization that awards the nation’s best private Driving Under the Influence (DUI) attorneys. NAFDD identifies the top criminal defense attorneys in each state based upon their experience, reputation, and achievements, among other factors. Those who are selected spend a significant portion of their practice representing individuals accused of DUI … [Read more...]

For the Second Consecutive Year, Chase T. Smith Selected Member of The National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD)

For the second consecutive year, Chase T. Smith was recognized by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD), LLC, an organization that awards the nation’s best private Driving Under the Influence (DUI) attorneys. NAFDD identifies the top criminal defense attorneys in each state based upon their experience, reputation, and achievements, among other factors. Those who are selected spend a significant portion of their practice representing individuals accused of DUI offenses (sometimes … [Read more...]

Recent Changes: A Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) over .15, Requires an Interlock Device on the Vehicle if Convicted

Modifications for DUI law yet again! The never ending adjustment to Tennessee DUI law.  A person who has a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) over .15 is required to have an interlock device on the vehicle if convicted.  Also, if you have previously been convicted of a DUI, the police can perform a forced blood draw to test a person's (BAC).  If a person has a passenger under 16 years old in the car, the officer can also compel a blood draw if they believe the person is impaired. … [Read more...]

Does the possession of a Commercial Driver’s License mean that my BAC percentage can only be .04 to be convicted of DUI while operating my personal vehicle?

The legal limit for a person with a CDL operating their personal vehicle is .08, the same as a person with a regular driver's license.  Recently I addressed this issue in the General Sessions Court for Montgomery County.  A service member of the US Army was arrested for DUI based on his possession of a CDL and having a BAC of .041 while operating his personal vehicle.  This case was dismissed on the merits. … [Read more...]

Bad Search Warrant obtained by Clarksville Police Department results in dismissal of felony drug and gun charges!

I am proud to state that a recent preliminary hearing with a client resulted in a dismissal of six felony warrants resulting from a search of his home via a Search Warrant.  Rule 41 of the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure provides strict guidelines for Search Warrants, make sure you hire an attorney who is aware of applicable guidelines and case law. … [Read more...]

New DUI law in effect beginning January 1, 2012!

Did you know that if you have a prior DUI conviction the police can now require you to submit to a blood test without your consent?  An investigation into your record is always required to ensure that the police relied on accurate information when compelling the blood test.  Is it better just to submit to a breathe test rather than being forced to take a blood test?  DUI laws have risen to a level of complication almost beyond belief, make sure your attorney has experience in the defense of DUI … [Read more...]

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