The Trial Court granted defendant permission to attend traffic school in lieu of a fine. On appeal, Court of Appeals reversed because State and federal law does not permit diversion for a commercially licensed operator.
Following defendant’s guilty plea to two charges of first-offense driving under influence of intoxicant (DUI), the Criminal Court, Shelby County, entered order requiring issuance of restricted commercial driver’s license to allow defendant to continue his employment as bus driver. State appealed. The Court of Criminal Appeals held that trial court lacked authority to order issuance of restricted commercial driver’s license. Reversed.
The appellant, Tracy J. Brooks, pled guilty in the McMinn County Circuit court to driving under the influence (DUI) and received a sentence of eleven months, twenty-nine days to be served as forty-eight hours in jail and the remainder on probation. As a condition of her plea, the appellant reserved a certified question of law, namely whether the police officer had reasonable suspicion to initiate a traffic stop. Based upon the oral arguments, the record, and the parties’ briefs, Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the judgment of the trial court.
The defendant was found guilty following a bench trial of violating the implied consent law. He appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in finding him guilty absent a showing by the State that the breathalyzer test was administered in accordance with the standards set forth in State v. Sensing, 843 S.W.2d 412 (Tenn.1992). After review, Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the judgment of the trial court.
Defendant, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), was convicted by jury in the Circuit Court, Sevier County, of violating the implied consent law. Defendant appealed. The Court of Criminal Appeals held that:  authority for determining whether the noncriminal implied consent law was violated was with the trial court, not the jury;  jury’s unauthorized determination that defendant violated the noncriminal implied consent law was not rendered harmless by the trial court’s approving the jury’s finding; and  defendant waived issue of whether exclusionary rule applied in noncriminal implied consent proceedings. Vacated and remanded.
Driver was convicted in the Circuit Court, Carter County, Lynn W. Brown, J., of operating commercial vehicle under influence of intoxicant and possessing alcohol while operating commercial vehicle. Driver appealed. The Court of Criminal Appeals held that impairment of ability to drive is not element of operating commercial vehicle with blood alcohol concentration of .04 or more. Affirmed.
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