Nashville DUI Lawyer
You have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
DUI is a misdemeanor offense. A misdemeanor is an offense with a maximum punishment of less than one year. There is one exception: a conviction for DUI fourth offense or greater is a felony.
Depending on the type of work you do, there may be very serious consequences. For example, if you possess a commercial drivers license (CDL), a DUI conviction will result in the loss of your license and it will cost you your job.Attorney Bernie McEvoy Has Been Handling DUI Cases for More Than 25 Years, Since 1990
Bernie McEvoy is a former prosecutor. He was an assistant district attorney in Davidson County (Nashville, Tennessee) for 15 years. He is a former head of the DUI/vehicular homicide prosecution team for Davidson County. As head of the DUI team, Bernie McEvoy supervised the prosecution of several thousand DUI cases each year. He personally handled several hundred cases each year. He has tried more than 100 DUI cases in front of juries.
For the last 10 years, Bernie McEvoy has been a criminal defense attorney, representing clients charged with DUI, vehicular assault, vehicular homicide and other related offenses.
As a former prosecutor, Bernie McEvoy knows how the system works.
- He knows how law enforcement officers investigate DUI cases.
- He knows how prosecutors evaluate DUI cases, that is, how they decide which cases should be settled or plea-bargained and which cases should be brought to trial.
- He knows how prosecutors prepare for trial.
- He knows how prosecutors present their cases to juries at trial.
This knowledge allows him to be an extremely effective advocate for clients charged with DUI.
If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, it is important that you retain an attorney quickly. Why? Because the arresting officer believes that his role is to collect and preserve evidence that is harmful to you. He has no interest in collecting and preserving evidence that is helpful to you.
There may be evidence that is helpful to you. If so, you need to meet with a criminal defense attorney, identify that evidence and take steps to preserve it.
For example, in the hours prior to your arrest you may have been with people who know you well. If questioned, they might say that you consumed only a moderate amount of alcohol and that they are confident that you were not under the influence. If this is the case you need to identify these people and your attorney needs to interview them promptly before their memories fade.
In DUI cases, there are a number of important questions:
- If your case involves a traffic stop, what was the reason for the stop?
- Is there a videotape that shows your driving prior to the stop?
- Did you perform Field Sobriety Tests?
- If so, how did you perform on those tests?
- If the arresting officer claims that you performed badly, do you have health issues that affected your performance?
- If not, are there other factors that affected your ability to perform such as exhaustion, extreme heat, extreme cold or anxiety?
- Did you take a chemical test, either a breath test or a blood test?
At the Law Office of Bernie McEvoy, consultations are free. Please call (615) 255-9595 to schedule a consultation with attorney Bernie McEvoy.
Bernie McEvoy believes that a criminal defense attorney is most effective when he knows more about the case and more about the client than the prosecutor does. Bernie McEvoy will meet with you and discuss your case in depth.
Bernie McEvoy also believes that it is never too early to start preparing for trial. A defense attorney who is capable of trying your case in front of a jury, and who is prepared to do that, is in the best position to negotiate a favorable resolution for you.
Attorney Bernie McEvoy takes pride in his work and wants to obtain the best possible result for every client.
Attorney Bernie McEvoy represents people charged with DUI and related offenses including:
- Vehicular homicide
- Vehicular assault
- Aggravated assault
- Reckless endangerment
- Evading arrest in a motor vehicle
- Violation of the implied consent law
- Underage driving while impaired
- Violation of the habitual offender act
Learn more about DUIs on our Nashville DUI FAQ page.