Jul 19, 2014

Implied Consent and Breathalyzer Tests

By |Jul 19, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI|0 Comments|

When you are stopped for an alleged drunk driving charge, one of the first things the police officer asks you to do is to submit to a Breathalyzer (or Alco-Sensor) test. The question comes up constantly: Am I required to take the test, and what are the consequences of refusing?

The short answer is no: […]

Jul 8, 2014

In Tennessee, a DUI Requires a Motor Vehicle

By |Jul 8, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI|0 Comments|

In certain parts of the country, you can receive a DUI / DWI for operating any kind of vehicle – including a bicycle. In Tennessee, however, DUIs are exclusive to motorized vehicles. This includes:

Riding a lawnmower

Riding a motorcycle

Riding a moped

Driving a car or truck

Riding a scooter

Driving an ATV

Driving a golf cart

So while having too […]

Jun 26, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Warrant Required to Search Cell Phones

By |Jun 26, 2014|Criminal Defense Law|0 Comments|

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of new privacy laws, requiring police officers and law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant before searching criminal suspects’ cell phones or other small electronic devices. The unanimous 9-0 vote of the justices ruled smart phones and other electronic devices are not in the same category […]

Jun 25, 2014

Tennessee Requires Ignition Interlock Devices for All DUI Offenders

By |Jun 25, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI|0 Comments|

In 2013, a drunk driver killed Tennessee Titans player Delanie Walker’s aunt and uncle. So, it’s no surprise that he was front and center at a press conference singing the praises of Tennessee’s new ignition interlock device law. The new Tennessee law that went into effect on July 1, 2013 allows DUI offenders a […]

Jun 24, 2014

Simple Assault v. Aggravated Assault

By |Jun 24, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, Violent Crimes|0 Comments|

When the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation put together its last report, they discovered that 57% of all crimes in Tennessee are committed against property. Theft and fraud top the list, though vandalism and arson make appearances as well. But from an individual standpoint, there were more cases of assault and aggravated assault than any […]

Jun 12, 2014

Telling Your Children You Are Getting a Divorce

By |Jun 12, 2014|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

The end of a marriage is always difficult, even when the two parties involved have come to a mutual agreement. For children, however, the news can lead to unexpected responses, so it is understandable that parents may feel nervous or reluctant to speak with them. When the time comes to tell your children, there […]

Jun 4, 2014

When Frat-House Pranks and Toga Parties Go Horribly Wrong

By |Jun 4, 2014|Criminal Defense Law|0 Comments|

Ah, college – a time for fun and freedom, with a little learning thrown in. For a lot of young men and women, college seems like a fun stop on the way to the “real” world of 9 to 5 jobs and utility bills. Whether you’re a UT Volunteer in Knoxville or a Blue […]

May 20, 2014

Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

By |May 20, 2014|Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

When parents separate and divorce they remain connected through their children. Most parents retain a strong desire to remain active in the lives of their children even when the marriage ends. It is not always easy to co-parent with a former spouse, but doing so is in the best interest of your children. Here […]

May 20, 2014

Looks Like Arizona’s Bill Had an Impact on Tennessee Couples, Too

By |May 20, 2014|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

When Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would allow businesses to deny service to same-sex couples based on the business owner/operator’s beliefs, a lot of people breathed a collective sigh a relief – though not for collective reasons. Now it appears that Tennessee lawmakers have jumped on that bandwagon, postponing the debate over Senate […]

May 16, 2014

Happy about the Undisclosed Rape Law? You Can Thank a Policeman.

By |May 16, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, Violent Crimes|0 Comments|

Let’s get this out in the open: we know that criminal defense lawyers can sometimes appear a bit, well, harsh on Tennessee police. The police are in the habit of seeking punishment for the accused, while we’re in the business of seeking justice in the courts. It can seem like the two are at […]