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Sara Elizabeth Compher-Rice

DUI and DWI Attorney at Knoxville, TN

5.0   53 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Sara

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Sara Compher-Rice received her B.A. from Denison University in 1999 with a major in Political Science and a minor in English Literature.

Sara attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence, Magna Cum Laude (high honors), in 2002. Graduating in the top ten percent of her class, Sara was elected to the Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor a law student can achieve.

While attending the University of Tennessee, Sara received the Claire Garland Memorial Scholarship and was also the recipient of numerous academic awards, including Dean's List, Highest Honors.

 

She was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the Moot Court Board, the Constitutional Law Moot Court Team, where she participated in a national competition at William & Mary College of Law, and served as a Vice-Magister for the legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi.

 

Sara joined the firm in 2002 to assist Steve Oberman in his practice, as well as to develop a practice of her own as a Tennessee DUI attorney. Licensed in all Tennessee courts, Sara is currently limiting her practice to criminal defense and personal injury law, with an emphasis on alcohol and/or driving-related cases.

Sara recognizes the importance of staying on the cutting edge of the latest legal, legislative and scientific developments in DUI law. As a DUI lawyer in Tennessee, she spends many hours at national DUI symposiums each year and also assists Mr. Oberman in the extensive research and writing of his books, DUI: The Crimes and Consequences in Tennessee and Drunk Driving Defense. In 2003, 2004 and 2006 she also received a certificate of completion from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. Summer Session held at Harvard University.

 

Sara has lectured to both local and national audiences on the topics of DUI Defense, Ethics and Courtroom Technology. She has also authored multiple articles relating to DUI Defense.

 

Sara is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, for which she serves on the DUI committee.

 

Sara is active in the Knoxville Delta Gamma Alumnae Group, where she has served as Vice President of the organization. She has also been appointed by the international legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, to serve as Province President of Province 14, working with law school students across Tennessee, Kentucky and southwestern Virginia. Sara also enjoys volunteering her time with the March of Dimes.

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Location

Oberman & Rice
550 W Main Ave
Suite 730
Knoxville, TN, 37902-2567

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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2024
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The Best
Thanks to Sara's excellent skills, my case was resolved with a very favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend Sara to anyone seeking a DUI attorney who not only possesses exceptional legal expertise but also genuinely cares about their clients' well-being. If you're in need of a dedicated and results-driven attorney, Sara-Compher Rice is the one to go to.
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Posted by Daniel | February 5, 2024
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Exceeded all expectations!
The team at Oberman and Rice were AMAZING at helping me with my case. Sara was so helpful and transparent with every aspect of what was going on. I received the best possible outcome I could get by choosing Sara and the Oberman and Rice Law Firm!
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2019
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Fantastic Attorney! Best Decision I Ever Made!!!
Sara and her firm did a fantastic job for me! If you are in need of legal representation due to a DUI charge, I cannot recommend Sara and the firm of Oberman and Rice enough! Experienced, thorough, diligent and completely professional, she never let me feel alone! The DUI process is stressful and at times disheartening. Sara will help you get through it while providing the best strategy and advice for your particular case. You will not be disappointed!
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2019
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Quality lawyers
Ms. Rice helped our daughter deal with a traffic ticket. Since we live out of town, this made the process much less anxiety ridden and helped us attain the best possible outcome.
Posted by Mike | November 21, 2019
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SARA IS GREAT
I was extremely happy with Sara. She listened to my story very carefully, taking copious notes, in addition to reviewing the very extensive questionaire she asked me to complete. She carefully reviewed the arresting officer's body cam footage and was able to find some weaknesses in the state's case against me. Using this information, she was able to get the charge against me reduced from a DUI to a much more palatable Reckless Driving plea. Throughout the process she was always readily available to respond to my questions, and walked me from her office to the court, never leaving me alone. She even walked me to the Cashier's desk when I paid my fine and court costs. After my arrest, I had no idea where to turn for legal advice. I immediately begin receiving solicitations in the mail from other attorneys, but I knew that's not the direction I wanted to go. I confided in a trusted friend, and she loaned me the 2018 edition of "Knoxville's Best Lawyers", as rated by their peers. There were 3 listings under the category "DUI/DWI Defense". Sara, her law partner, and another attorney were listed. I set up a consultation with Sara, and retained her services on the spot. I felt comfortable with her and felt no need to consult with other attorneys. Perhaps I could have found one that charged less, but I was more interested in quality than expense. Bottom line, I was very happy with the service provided by Sara!
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Posted by Makayla | September 4, 2019
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Super nice and dependable
I received a speeding ticket in a school zone (yikes I know) and after some research knew she was the best in Knoxville to handle the issue for me. Her office staff was super kind and replied to all my emails super fast and answered ever question I had. Sara and I spoke on the phone about my ticket and she was kind, thoughtful, and completely honest. She handled my ticket nearly a month before my court date (which I think is really cool!) and got it all taken care of for me.
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Posted by Corey | August 6, 2019
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Helped me when others wouldn’t even call back
Ms. Rices’ office called me back within an hour of leaving a message which was amazing! Second, other attorneys that I called left me hanging and my court date was fast approaching. Ms. Rice took my case for the next day and with a flat rate did what she said she was going to do! You want results, this is the person who get it. No bs, no fancy dance. Thanks!
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Posted by Corey | June 26, 2019
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Oberman and Rice
Sara was wonderful to work with. She took care of every detail that was involved with my case. I would recommend her and the whole staff to anyone in need of this kind of service.
Posted by Courtney | March 23, 2019
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Sara is the BEST
Sara Rice is not only extremely knowledgeable in her field of work, but compassionate for her clients and makes them feel at ease about their situations. She was extremely easy to get along with and very honest about what she felt she could do for my specific case.
Posted by David | October 28, 2018
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Well Worth The Money
Sara is an extremely competent DUI/DWI attorney. I have had occasion to use her services more than once and I'm pleased to say she has met and exceeded my expectations each time. She thoroughly reviews all material relevant to the case, thinks both inside and outside the box, then arrives at strategies that best benefit her clients. As the information available to each case evolves, her strategies evolve as well. She has the added benefit of having a close working relationship with her partners and uses them to obtain alternate perspectives and strategies which ultimately benefit the client. Although I hope to never need her services again, I know that if I do need a DUI/DWI attorney that she is my go-to for the best legal defense.
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Posted by Michael | September 9, 2018
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Speeding ticket
I received a speeding ticket in Knoxville tn for doing 60 in a 55 zone. When other people were clearly driving faster than I was. Sara was able to go in and represent me and get the ticket dropped. Sure appreciated that as I drive a truck over the road and didn't have to show up for court and lose out on a couple days of work by doing so. The people in the office where she works were also friendly and helpful. I would recommend her for anyone needing help on a traffic ticket.
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Posted by Chloe | May 18, 2018
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Speeding Ticket
Sara was an excellent resource and she was very effective at not only handling the speeding ticket correctly and quickly, but also with helping alleviate any concerns or worries of mine.
Posted by Jason | May 18, 2018
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Prompt response, Exceeded Expecations
Sara and her team were very responsive and had excellent communications. Very pleased with their services.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2016
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Great lawyer
Sara has been great over the past year of representing me. She's been up front and open about the whole process (even though the system is confusing for newbies). She's quick to respond when I reach out to contact her and she assured me that in the future, if I have any questions, I can call her. She's very trustworthy.
Posted by Leslie H. | January 28, 2016
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SARA IS AMAZING !!!
This was a terrible situation that was very difficult to handle. My family and myself fell in love with SARA ..... she made me feel relaxed and to in trust in her all the details ... My case was over a year long .... while I waited Sara made me feel very comfortable so I could concentrate on getting my LIFE back on track ! THANK YOU SARA ...... HEATHER
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2015
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helpful consultation
Emailed Ms. Compher-Rice and received a reply the next morning. She needed more information and gave me a time to call her office. She was busy with another person at the time of my call but she called me back immediately after finishing. She provided very helpful information so I had a much better understanding of my legal situation. She was very nice and courteous. If I decide I need a lawyer, I will choose this one.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2014
Best Choice in Knox County
I was charged with a DUI in Knox county. After visiting with several DUI attorneys, I hired Sara to conduct my legal defense for the charge. Sara is very knowledgeable regarding the DUI laws in TN. After conducting a very extensive review of my case, she was very objective and told me exactly what my choices were. I chose which penalties I was willing to accept and she got me exactly what I told her I was willing to accept as penalties. Due to Sara's acuity, I did not get convicted of the DUI for which the officer charged me. She was always very quick to respond to my calls and emails which alleviated much of my anxiety about this most appalling charge. Even after my case was completed, every time I called or emailed her asking for advice she responded promptly and with friendliness. At every point in time she was comforting, informative, and willing to fight like a Marine for me. I know without a doubt that I made the best choice in trusting Sara to defend me against my DUI charge.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2014
Such a relief!
You simply cannot choose a better lawyer than Sara Compher-Rice! Sara and Steve both handled my case with understanding, support and professionalism. It was immediately apparent that Sara knew exactly what to do to help clear my name and restore my dignity. She was with me every step of the way, by answering nervous phone calls, listening to my worries, and responding with respectfulness. If you need someone who is both knowledgeable of your type of case AND genuinely concerned for you and your family, you have found the right attorney!
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Posted by Sorin | September 18, 2014
Great job for my record to be clean speeding charge dismiss
Im from IL and summer of 2014 got a speeding ticket my first one im driving since 14 years ago and i got the ticket on Knoxville TN not see the sign of 55 speed limit i was way over that but so my story can be at the point Sara Elizabeth did a great job no words my insurance is still same and My record is clean i wood thank u the rest its up to u if u want to have a clear record good luck .
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Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2014
Great Job
Sara was able to completely help me and resolve the issue that I had. I have never had to hire a lawyer before so I was unsure how it worked--I would have preferred a more detailed explanation of the process in the beginning. I also never met Sara, which was a little odd to me personally, but she got the job done with the preferred outcome so I can't really complain. Overall a very good experience, I always felt that I was being taken care of.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Oberman & Rice
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate
  • Daniel & Oberman
  • 2002 - 2008

Education

  • Denison University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999
  • UNIV TN
  • law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Ferrante
  • Case was dismissed by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Associations

  • Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility
  • Hearing Committee Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, DUI Committee
  • Vice-Chair
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, DUI Committee
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Province President
  • 2003 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Elected to the Order of the Coif
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • 2002
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • The University of Tennessee College of Law
  • 2002

Publications

  • The Champion Magazine
  • Investigating the DUI Case: Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See
  • 2009
  • Dicta
  • Have You Told Your DUI Client . . . ?
  • 2008
  • The Champion magazine
  • The Standardized Field Sobriety Test Validation Myth
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Taking Care of Business-DUI Seminar
  • DUI Legislative Update: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
  • 2010
  • Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in Tennessee
  • DUI Case Law and Legislative Update
  • 2009
  • Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in Tennessee
  • Investigating a DUI Case
  • 2009
  • Making the Case for the Defense: Getting Back to Basics
  • The Nuts & Bolts of PowerPoint: Make the Story Come Alive
  • 2009
  • DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity®: Winning with DUI: Offense, Defense and Special Teams
  • A Defense Lawyer’s Practical Guide to Analyzing the Police Videotape
  • 2008
  • NACDL Spring Seminar: “Ethics and White Collar Work
  • Enhancing Your Trial with PowerPoint®
  • 2006
  • Judicial Impaired Driving Training Seminar
  • Tennessee Law Relating to Probable Cause in a DUI Case
  • 2005
  • DUI Defense Seminar
  • Crossing the Officer on Field Sobriety Tests: Throw the Book at Them
  • 2005
  • Ethics on the Square
  • Bonding with Your Bail Bondsman
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (4)
Endorse Sara
Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am so happy I called to pick your brain about an administrative matter involving driver licenses. You were helpful, thoughtful and knowledgeable and I will definitely and immediately refer my clients with TN troubles to you!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Rice is a dedicated criminal defense lawyer. She has been elected as the president of the Tennessee Criminal Defense Lawyers as evidence of her dedication to those charged with crimes, particularly DUI."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I was representing an TN licensed driver in Indiana and needed some TN DUI advice. Sara was extremely knowledgeable about TN DUI law and driving consequences. I recommend Sara to all defendants facing a TN DUI."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Other
"I have met Sara through her partner, Steve Oberman. She is highly intelligent and always works hard to obtain the best possible result for her clients. I do not hesitate to refer clients to her and the firm of Oberman and Rice."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sara's knowledge and understanding of Tennessee's DUI and related laws is staggering. If you or a loved one need a skilled, knowledgeable DUI defense attorney in Knoxville, I wholeheartedly recommend Sara."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Sara. She has developed a strong reputation in the legal community as a top-rated DUI Lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Absolutely top notch for DUI defense!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Other
"Sara Compher-Rice is great. She's lovely to be around. She's smart. She's a killer DUI lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Other
"I had the pleasure of meeting Sara at a DUI training course. She had a great understanding of the subject matter. Sara completed the course, passing both the written examination and practical examination. Any client who has Sara as an attorney will be in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. She cares for her clients and their results."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. This attorney is considered to be aggressive, hard working, and a valuable attorney by his clients. You should be calling this attorney if you have been arrested for DUI/DWI."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Sara wrote a article for The Champion Magazine recently.A footnote in the article mentioned a practical guide to analyzing the DUI police videotape. I read the article and contacted her if she would be so kind to forward the article . Sara send me the guide and have used it in all my DUI cases.The guide is a detailed review of a DUI arrest . The guide she wrote has become invaluable in my practice."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Compher-Rice is a great attorney in her own right. In combination with Attorney Oberman the two act like the most powerful 1-2 punch knocking out the Government's case. I endorse her highly."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sara Compher-Rice is an accomplished DUI practitioner who is committed to obtaining a favorable outcome for her client in each and every case she handles. If you are charged with DUI in or around Knoxville, TN, I recommend that you contact Sara to get her expert advice about how she can help you with your case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Sara has worked for/with me for seven years. She is extremely intelligent and has a wonderful ability to identify legal issues and research the law to find favorable precedent. Her writing and oral argument skills are excellent. I hope she continues to work with me for many years to come."
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