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Middle school teacher faces DUI and drug possession charges

Just south of Memphis, a middle school teacher made headlines when she was recently arrested. The sixth grade history and science teacher has been charged with driving under the influence, news outlets reported.

The DeSoto County teacher has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance and careless driving, according to WHBQ-TV.

The 28-year-old is also a coach of the school's girls soccer team. However, according to the report, she has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the school district.

According to the Tennessee state website, a first-time DUI offender is subject to a wide variety of punishments, including the following:

  • Jail time of between 48 hours and 11 months and 29 days
  • If blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.20 percent or above, jail time is increased to a minimum of 7 days
  • A one year revocation of your driver's license (restricted license is available)
  • Mandatory participation in a drug and alcohol treatment program
  • A fine of between $500 and $1,500
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device -- at your expense

Punishment for a second drunk driving conviction is even harsher. Jail time rises to a minimum of 45 days; license revocation is doubled to two years; your vehicle is subject to seizure; and fines are more than doubled.

In addition, a DUI conviction will typically result in significantly higher insurance rates and can also affect employment and housing opportunities.

A skilled attorney experienced in DUI defense can help you protect your rights, freedom and license.

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