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, House Bill 0744 failed to garner enough support in the House Finance, Ways, & Means Subcommittee to be recommended for passage. Accordingly, with House Bill 0744 failing to survive the House Finance, Ways, & Means Subcommittee, the bill will not be further considered for passage at this time.
Perhaps legislators realized the great difficulty attempting to implement and enforce such a law.
About the Author: Steven Oberman has been licensed in Tennessee since 1980, and successfully defended over 2,000 DUI defendants. Among the many honors bestowed upon him, Steve served as Dean of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. and currently serves as chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI Committee. Steve was the first lawyer in Tennessee to be certified as a DUI Defense Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense.
He is the author of DUI: The Crime & Consequences in Tennessee, updated annually since 1991 (Thomson-West), and co-author with Lawrence Taylor of the national treatise, Drunk Driving Defense, 7th edition (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen). Steve has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Law School since 1993 and has received a number of prestigious awards for his faculty contributions. He is a popular international speaker, having spoken at legal seminars in 29 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries.
You may contact Steve through his website at www.tndui.com or by telephone at (865) 249-7200.