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Bail Conditions Changed for DUI Defendants in Tennessee

Bail Bonds in Indianapolis. Courtesy of Daniel Schwen & Wikimedia Commons.

As of July 1, 2022, when a judge determines the amount and conditions of bail to be imposed upon a defendant who has been charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUI), or a related offense, the court shall require the defendant to operate only a motor vehicle equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device if:

(i) The offense resulted in a collision involving property damage;
(ii) A minor was present in the vehicle at the time of the alleged offense;
(iii) The defendant’s driver license has previously been suspended for a violation of § 55–10–406; or

(iv) The defendant has a prior conviction for:
(a) Reckless driving, under § 55–10–205;
(b) Reckless endangerment, under § 39–13–103;
(c) Driving under the influence of an intoxicant, under § 55–10–401;
(d) Vehicular assault, under § 39–13–106;
(e) Aggravated vehicular assault, under § 39–13–115;
(f) Vehicular homicide, under § 39–13–213(a)(2); or
(g) Aggravated vehicular homicide, under § 39–13–218.

Proof of installing the ignition interlock device must be submitted within 10 days of being released on bail.  Moreover, if the defendant has one or more prior convictions for any of the above–listed offenses and is charged with vehicular assault, vehicle or homicide, or aggravated vehicular homicide, the court shall consider the use of other special monitoring conditions or pretrial residency in an inpatient alcohol or drug rehabilitation center.

About the Author: Steven Oberman has been licensed in Tennessee since 1980, and successfully defended over 2,500 DUI defendants. Steve was the first lawyer in Tennessee to be Board Certified as a DUI Defense Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD). Among the many honors bestowed upon him, Steve has served as Dean of the NCDD and currently serves as chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI Committee.

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, 9th 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 30 states, the District of Columbia and six foreign countries.  After being named a Fulbright Scholar, Steve was honored to teach as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Latvia Law School in the capital city of Riga, Latvia during the Spring Semester of 2019.  If you would like to contact the author, please visit his website at


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Steve Oberman

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 of 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. Steve was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach American Criminal Law and American Trial Advocacy at the University of Latvia School of Law in 2019; in 2023 taught for a semester as a visiting professor at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Faculty of Law in Budapest, Hungary; and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law in 2024. Steve has also presented at a number of judicial conferences in the United States and Canada as well as for law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Czech Republic Police Academy. 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.

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  1. It caught my attention when you mentioned that proof of installing an ignition interlock device is usually required within 10 days of being released on bail if you’re accused of DUI. Coincidentally, I have a cousin dealing with this kind of situation right now since he was caught drunk driving last night by the police. I’ll have to tell them this before they find bail bonding services to hire.

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