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The Oberman & Rice Law Firm Launches 2016 DUI Awareness Initiative

Educating area citizens and advocating for the cause are key in combating the statistics, publishes tndui.com

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Knoxville, TN -- February 11, 2016 (FPRC) -- Drug and alcohol-related incidents are on the rise according to reports from the United States Law Enforcement Division with 40 percent of all traffic fatalities now attributed to alcohol consumption. Possession of illegal substances accounted for slightly more than 83 percent of the nation's arrests in 2014, up 1.4 percent from the previous decade. Figures for 2015 have yet to be released. With this uptick in mind, Steve Oberman has launched The Oberman & Rice Law Firm's ( www.tndui.com ) initiative to increase awareness of the implications of these charges among Tennessee residents.

Said Oberman, "The laws surrounding driving under the influence are particularly complex; to make matters more complicated, this is one of the few charges on which citizens can be convicted based solely on an arresting officer's perception of the situation. Despite being considered a misdemeanor, DUI penalties are much more severe than those of similarly classified offenses particularly if the accused is under the age of 21. We want to educate those in our area on the laws as well as the potential consequences of this crime."

Information found on the knoxville dui attorney website indicates the similar term DWI is interchangeable with DUI when concerning adults over the age of 21; however, the two crimes are classified separately in instances involving underage drivers. Many local residents mistakenly believe this type of crime applies only to the use of alcohol though illegal drugs are additionally included in such charges. Drivers may also be convicted of DUI due to the use of certain prescription and over-the-counter medications. While .08 percent is considered the standard blood alcohol level at which impairment can be proven, those operating commercial vehicles and under the age of 21 are held to lower limits.

Convictions for crimes of this nature carry mandatory jail time, fines, highway litter removal duty, revocation of driving privileges and completion of a DUI education program for first-time offenders. Incarceration stints and fines are compounded by second offenses with additional requirements also passed down by the court, possibly including forfeiture of the vehicle involved. Fourth convictions and beyond are classified as felonies.

Concluded Oberman, "Being convicted of this type of crime is life-altering for offenders. As Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorneys, we may be able to lessen the impact of an accusation or even have the case thrown out of court if accusing law enforcement officials have insufficient evidence to support their claims. Further resources and contact information can be found on our website, and we hope to help combat the statistics through education and client advocation."

About The Oberman & Rice Law Firm:

Serving residents of Knoxville and the surrounding areas, The Oberman & Rice Law Firm provides defense in cases involving drugs, alcohol, burglary, vandalism, domestic violence and other criminal charges.

Send an email to Steve Oberman of The Oberman & Rice Law Firm
(865) 249-7200

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