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Since graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1980, Mr. Oberman has become established as a national authority on the intricacies of DUI defense law. Steve is a former Dean if the National College for DUI Defense, co-author of a national treatise, ("Drunk Driving Defense" published by Aspen/Wolters-Kluwer) and author of "DUI: The Crime and Consequences in Tennessee" (published by Thomson-Reuters/West). He has taught thousands of lawyers, judges and members of the general public about the intricacies of this crime. As a Tennessee DUI attorney, Mr. Oberman has successfully defended over two thousand clients charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In 2006, Mr. Oberman became the first DUI lawyer in Tennessee to be recognized by the National College for DUI Defense as a Board Certified Specialist in the area of DUI Defense law.

Firm: Oberman & Rice Law Firm

Areas of Practice: DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Traffic

Address: 550 Main Street Suite 730 Knoxville, Tennessee TN 37902

Phone: (865) 249-7200

Fax: (865) 540-1696

Undergraduate: AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Auburn, Alabama Bachelor of Arts 1977

Law School: UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW, Knoxville, Tennessee Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1980

Professional Affiliations: Association of Trial Lawyers of America (1980 – Present) Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, Incorporated; Board of Directors (1993 – 2000); Vice President (1994 – 1998); President (1998 – 2000) Knoxville Bar Association (1980 – 2006); Co-Chair Judicial Committee (1997 – 2001) National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1982 – Present); Chair or Co-Chair DUI Advocacy Committee (1995 – Present) National College for DUI Defense, Inc.; Dean (2009-10); Board of Regents (1999 – Present); Founding Member; Fellow, 2010 – present Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1980 – 2006); Board of Directors (1983 – 1989)

Professional Accomplishments: Steve has been a member of the Board of Regents of the National College for DUI Defense since 1999 and began his term as Dean of the College in July 2009. He was also the first lawyer in Tennessee to be certified as a DUI Defense Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense.

Professional Experience: 2008 – Present: The Oberman Law Firm An Association of Trial Lawyers Knoxville, Tennessee 1986 – 2008: Daniel & Oberman An Association of Trial Attorneys Knoxville, Tennessee 1996 – Present: Adjunct Professor University of Tennessee Law School Knoxville, Tennessee 1993 – 1995: Adjunct Associate Professor University of Tennessee Law School Knoxville, Tennessee 1983 – 1985: Daniel, Claiborne, Oberman & Buuck Attorneys at Law Knoxville, Tennessee 1980 – 1982: Daniel, Claiborne & Lewallen Attorneys at Law Knoxville, Tennessee

Additional Education: Certified as a Specialist in DUI Defense Law by the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., 1999 Certified as a Specialist in DUI Defense Law by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization, 2006

If you would like to contact the author, please visit: http://www.tndui.com


Tennessee – Tough on DUIs!

A 2015 study conducted and released by Wallethub.com, a personal finance website, ranks the strictness and/or leniency of penalties relating to DUI convictions in each state and the District of Columbia.   Analysts for the company based their ranking system on several different factors including, but not limited to, mandatory minimum jail sentences and fines, administrative driver’s license suspension, length of time that an Ignition Interlock Device is required to be used by a DUI offender, and average monetary increase of ... Read More »

Driving Under the Influence of Whipped Creme?

A woman in Williamson County, Tennessee (near Nashville) was recently arrested for her sixth DUI offense for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.  This time it was an inhalant–likely nitrous oxide.  The original news report may be read by clicking here. Those interested in obtaining a euphoric effect inhale this chemical, commonly known as laughing gas. It is a colorless, non–flammable gas commonly used in surgery and dentistry as an anesthetic. This chemical is also often used as an ... Read More »

Breath Test Calibration Questioned

In a recent article published by WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, several Nashville defense lawyers are challenging the results of a specific breath testing device because of some calibration issues with the device that may have affected the results of the breath test. Calibration is a comparison of measurements – often of known samples so that when unknown samples are tested, they will be presumed to be accurate. The breath test device in question is the EC/IR II that is manufactured ... Read More »

Third and Subsequent Offenders May Still Buy Alcohol

UPDATE: 2015 Tennessee DUI Legislation News As previously reported in this DUI news blog, Tennessee Senate Bill 0699 and House Bill 0744 proposed legislation that would have prohibited an individual convicted of 3 or more Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges to purchase alcoholic beverages, including intoxicating liquors, wine and beer. According to the Tennessee General Assembly Website, on April 21st, 2015 the Senate Finance, Ways, & Means Committee recommended Senate Bill 0699 for passage. On the same day, however, ... Read More »

No Powdered Alcohol for Sale in Tennessee

The Tennessee Senate has approved legislation in 2015 that would ban the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol in Tennessee. Specifically, Senate Bill 0374 would make it a Class A misdemeanor offense to sell the product. A similar Bill ( HB0404) has been filed in the Tennessee House of Representatives. A Class A misdemeanor generally carries a penalty of from straight probation to 11 months, 29 days in jail; a fine from $0 to $2,500; or both, plus court costs. ... Read More »

Third and Subsequent DUI Offenders Not Allowed To Purchase Alcohol?

Because the number of people receiving their third DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offense is growing (751 persons in 2014 and 900 expected in 2015), Tennessee lawmakers have devoted much time and effort toward reducing the number of people who violate Tennessee Driving Under the Influence laws for a third or subsequent time. One solution has come in the form of a new proposed law. Endorsed by both parties, this legislative bill would ban people convicted of a third or ... Read More »

Providing Information at a Tennessee DUI Roadblock or Sobriety Checkpoint

At a typical sobriety checkpoint trying to identify drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, motorists are forced to stop their vehicle, roll down their window, and usually provide certain documentation to an officer.  The documentation generally includes a valid driver’s license, proof of registration and proof of financial responsibility (liability insurance). While the driver is gathering these documents, the officer may also ask questions about what the driver may or may not have been doing before reaching the ... Read More »

TEXTING VS. DRINKING WHILE DRIVING: LOL OR SOL?

  On November 8, 2014, University of Oregon linebacker Joe Walker returned a fumble one hundred (100) yards against the University of Utah for a touchdown.[1] Both football fans and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agree—this is a long distance. A NHTSA report states that “sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent—when traveling at 55 mph—of driving the length of an entire football field while ... Read More »

Tennessee v. Kennedy & Tennessee v. Wells – Blood Draws and the Fourth Amendment

Two Tennessee cases were recently decided concerning the constitutionality of mandatory blood draws of those accused of driving under the influence (DUI). This legal issue is highlighted in Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals cases, State v. Kennedy[1] and State v. Wells.[2] Both cases discuss at length the constitutionality of the Implied Consent statute, Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A) § 55-10-406(f)(2) in relation to Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. Generally, T.C.A. § 55-10-406(a) provides that “[a]ny person who drives ... Read More »

The Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace Program and Drunk Driving

52.6 million American adults are binge[1] drinkers—more than Tanzania’s entire population, an East African country, of 49,639,138.[2] These binge drinkers are not simply unemployed town drunks—42.1 million work either full or part time.[3] However, alcohol is not the only abused substance affecting Americans; illicit drug use has contributed to approximately 23.9 unprescribed drug users in the United States—9.4 million are employed adults.[4] Substance abuse also contributes to approximately 30 million Americans who are driving under the influence of alcohol each ... Read More »