Tennessee not only prohibits drunk driving but also driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs. The penalties for a drug DUI are generally the same as those for an alcohol-related offense.
This article discusses how Tennessee defines drugged driving and the consequences of a violation.
A Tennessee motorist can be convicted of a drug DUI for driving or being in "actual physical control" of a vehicle while under the influence of any intoxicant, marijuana, controlled substance, controlled substance analog, drug, substance affecting the central nervous system, or combination thereof.
For purposes of the state's DUI laws, under the influence means being impaired to an extent that the driver's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is affected.
The consequences of a Tennessee drugged driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But generally, a DUI carries the following possible penalties:
Tennessee DUI law is complex, and the facts of every case are different. If you've been arrested for driving under the influence, talk to an experienced DUI attorney in your area. A qualified DUI lawyer can tell you how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on the best course of action.