DUI AND DWI PRACTICE

MEMPHIS DUI LAW ARTICLES

DUI FAQ

Germantown and Collierville DUI Defense Attorney

Representing Clients Throughout Western Tennessee

If you have been arrested for or charged with DUI or DWI in Tennessee, you can be convicted and sentenced to jail based solely on the opinion of the arresting officer. Because of the serious consequences of a DUI or DWI conviction, you want an experienced lawyer who knows the law, who will fully explain your options, and who will give you a realistic assessment of your prospects for acquittal.

At the office of Memphis DUI Lawyer Patrick Stegall, I represent men and women throughout Western Tennessee who have been charged with driving under the influence or while intoxicated. I understand the impact of a conviction on a drunk driving charge and will aggressively advocate for your acquittal. Contact me to schedule a initial consultation.

The Consequences of a DUI or DWI Conviction

In Tennessee, the penalties for being convicted as a drunk driver are severe. A first-time offense becomes a part of your permanent criminal record. For a second offense, you face a mandatory 45-day jail term. A third conviction carries a 120-day jail sentence and subsequent convictions are treated as felonies.

In addition, conviction for DUI or DWI can result in a one-year suspension of your driver’s license, as well as court costs and fines. Your vehicle insurance rates will likely increase, and you may lose your job.

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DUI and DWI Practice

In my years of handling DUI and DWI defense, I have seen too many people convicted on unreliable proof. Even if you don’t submit to a Breathalyzer test, you can be convicted based on the opinion of the arresting officer, who may testify as to your physical state and how you performed on a field sobriety test.

If you hire me to defend you on your DUI or DWI charge, I will start by challenging the aspects of the arrest. Do the circumstances of your case fit the elements of a DUI charge ? Was the stop based on probable cause ? Were the field sobriety tests properly administered? Did the arresting officer advise you of your rights before you made any statements? If a breath test was administered, was it correctly done? Was the Breathalyzer defective?

In addition to Memphis, I represent DUI clients in surrounding areas such as Germantown, Collierville and Bartlett. These “suburban courts” each have their own rules and sets of procedures, as well as their own judges and prosecutors. If you’re charged in Collierville, then, you want an experienced Collierville DUI lawyer with you when you go to court. You want someone who knows that particular court’s way of doing things, and knows the personalities of the judges. I am intimately familiar with each of these court’s special procedures, and know just what police errors to look for that can increase your chances of beating a DUI.

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WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY:

  • Outstanding.
        

    Mr. Stegall took my case when the lawyer I had retained backed out at the last minute. He was very quick to respond to my email, and met me at court. He got the job done and I was very happy with the results. Thank you, Mr. Stegall.

    Donald (a Criminal Defense client)
  • Communicative, Streamlined, Effective and Efficient.
         Needed help with a speeding ticket. Mr. Stegall took care of everything and sent instructions for the milestones and requirements that I had to fulfill. Highly recommend!!
    (a Criminal Defense client)
  • Excellent Attorney.
         Mr. Stegall was knowledgeable, thorough, and considerate. He did what he said he would do with excellent results for me. He made me feel very comfortable throughout the process. I highly recommend him.
    (a Criminal Defense client)

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