Charged with a DUI Without Even Driving?

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Are you familiar with this Tennessee law? If you aren’t, you’re probably not the only one. A DUI by Allowance, also known as a “Vehicle Owner DUI,” is what you can be faced with if you let someone intoxicated drive your car. Just because you’re not the one behind the wheel doesn’t mean that you’re exempt from the repercussions. While you may feel that having a friend drive your car was a better option because they were less intoxicated than you, both of you could still receive the same punishment. This is because the car is in your name and you allowed someone under the influence behind the wheel.

Ways to Stay Safe

Have a Designated Driver You Trust

If you plan on going out and drinking, be sure you have a trusted designated driver. As mentioned above, you could find yourself with a DUI by Allowance charge if your vehicle was taken (to a bar, party, etc.) and you allowed someone else (who was also intoxicated) to drive it. Not only will this get you into trouble, but significantly compromise the safety of yourselves and those around you. Make sure your designated driver agrees not to drink.