Memphis, TN- Law enforcement agencies in Tennessee arrested fewer people for driving under the influence in 2015 than the previous year, according to recent statistics from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

According to TBI reports, officers in Tennessee arrested 27,917 people for driving under the influence in 2015. That is close to 2,000 fewer arrests than in 2014 when officers arrested 29,721 people for DUI. Even better, the number of DUI accidents also declined, dropping from 6,661 in 2014 to 6,496 in 2015.

Kate Richie, state program director for the Tennessee Division of Mothers against Drunk Driving, said the decline in DUI arrests can be attributed to improvements in DUI enforcement.

Richie told the Times Free Press, “As a state we’re definitely growing stronger in our crackdown on drunk drivers through our partnerships, through legislation and through public awareness.”

If you happen to be one of the thousands of Tennesseans to be charged with a DUI, you need to know a few things before you decide to plead guilty or choose not retain a DUI lawyer to work on your defense.

First, you are going to lose your license. That is the immediate consequence of a DUI and will happen before you are convicted. Some DUI suspects can keep their license with limited privileges but doing so requires expert legal assistance.

Secondly, Tennessee law allows some DUI offender to plead to a lesser offense of reckless driving or wet reckless. A plea bargain might be possible for several reasons. For instance, you may be offered a plea bargain because your blood alcohol concentration was borderline or barely about the legal limit. An offer for a plea bargain is not guaranteed, and the key to obtaining a plea bargain is to have a DUI lawyer in Memphis, Tennessee negotiate with prosecutors and make a case of why you deserve leniency.

Another reason to think carefully before making a decision about how to handle your case is the fact that DUI conviction will remain on your record for at least ten years. With that on your record, your educational and occupational options will be limited. You don’t want a DUI conviction to haunt you for that long, which is why USAttorneys recommends you contact a DUI lawyer in Memphis to provide you with a strong defense. We have a team practiced defense attorneys who will be devoted to getting you the best possible outcome for your case.

As soon after your DUI arrest as possible, let USAttorneys connect you with a DUI lawyer to examine the details of your case and come up with an effective defense strategy. Call a lawyer today and get their expert advice. The consequences of your DUI will ripple through your personal life and will deprive you of your freedom. You can keep the consequences of a DUI from plaguing you by retaining a defense lawyer.