In Tennessee as in many states, people can be convicted of DUI not because they were actually driving, but because they were in physical control of a motor vehicle. This can potentially lead to some troubling cases.
Tourists coming to Nashville to enjoy its music scene, restaurants, attractions, nightlife and other offerings hope for a fun trip without troubles. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as smoothly as a visitor would hope. Some unexpected problems are just minor inconveniences. Others could have the potential to have major repercussions that last long after the trip.
If you drive or wander onto someone's property in Tennessee, you might merely be asked to leave. Or, you might find yourself charged with criminal trespass. It's a misdemeanor charge but a conviction may result in a fine and at least some jail time.
Between June 25 and July 5, many Tennessee law enforcement agencies will be engaging in increased DUI enforcement surrounding Independence Day. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office provides funding for county sheriff's departments in concert with statewide and national messaging meant to reduce serious and fatal accidents involving drunk drivers.
The 17th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester is only one of many fantastic music and cultural festivals in Tennessee that attract thousands of revelers from across the nation. While the festival is well worth the trip, some people end up having a negative experience. They end up arrested or cited for DUI, drug possession, assault or another crime.
When you're driving in your own car, the police can't just pull you over for no reason -- they need reasonable suspicion that you've committed an offense. Once they've stopped you, they need probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed before they can perform a full search of your vehicle. This is because the Fourth Amendment prohibits government agents from performing unreasonable searches and seizures.
Nashville has more than 180 music venues in addition to the venerable Grand Ole Opry House and Ryman Auditorium. The Music City hosts concerts, festivals and events year-round that attract both Tennessee residents and visitors. Unfortunately, visitors to Tennessee sometimes make costly, inconvenient mistakes such as using drugs, driving drunk or breaking the law in other ways.
Nashville is a unique part of the country that has a rich appeal to tourists looking for a fun time exploring the robust music scene, rich history and down-to-earth culture. There are many reasons more and more visitors are crossing state lines to have a good time in the music city. Some of the most popular attractions include the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Honky Tonk Highway and the historic Music Row, to name a few.
Being pulled over while you're on vacation can suck all the fun out of your trip -- especially if you are arrested for DUI. Nashville is a fun town, but Tennessee has little patience for drunk driving.