Important Changes to Tennessee DUI Laws: What You Need to Know


At Davis & Hoss, PC, we’re committed to keeping our clients informed about significant legal developments that may affect them. Recent changes to Tennessee’s DUI laws are set to have a substantial impact on how the state investigates and handles DUI offenses. These new laws will go into effect on July 1, 2024. Here’s what you need to know:

Statewide Blood Draw Search Warrants

Starting July 1, 2024, House Bill 2386 will allow law enforcement officers to execute search warrants for medical records or blood alcohol content tests anywhere in the state. Previously, these warrants were limited to the county in which they were issued. This change significantly expands the reach of DUI investigations and may lead to more efficient enforcement across county lines.

Lower Threshold for Aggravated DUI

House Bill 0587, also effective July 1, 2024, lowers the threshold for aggravated DUI from a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.20% to 0.15%. This change means that first-time offenders with a BAC of 0.15% or higher will face a minimum of seven consecutive days in jail. This stricter standard aims to deter high-risk drunk driving and increase penalties for those significantly over the legal limit.

Alternative Incarceration Facilities

House Bill 2429, taking effect on July 1, 2024, introduces the option of using alternative facilities for incarcerating first-time DUI offenders. This change may provide more flexibility in how sentences are served and could potentially lead to better rehabilitation outcomes for some offenders.

Tennessee Prevention of Drunk Driving Act

The enactment of House Bill 2845, known as the Tennessee Prevention of Drunk Driving Act, will also come into force on July 1, 2024. This signifies a comprehensive approach to addressing drunk driving in our state. While the full details of this act are still being analyzed, it’s clear that Tennessee is taking a stronger stance against impaired driving.

What This Means for You

These changes represent a significant shift in how Tennessee will handle DUI cases starting July 1, 2024. The lowered threshold for aggravated DUI, in particular, means that even first-time offenders could face more severe consequences. It’s more important than ever to make responsible choices when it comes to alcohol consumption and driving.

If you find yourself facing a DUI charge after these laws take effect, remember that you have rights. The experienced team at Davis & Hoss, PC is here to help you navigate these new laws and ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

Stay safe on the roads, and remember: if you plan to drink, plan for a safe ride home.

For more information or legal assistance, contact Davis & Hoss, PC. We’re here to help you understand and navigate these important legal changes before and after they take effect on July 1, 2024.