May 25, 2016

When is it OK for a Police Officer to Search Me?

By |May 25, 2016|Criminal Defense Law|0 Comments

Most people understand that the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects us from having to submit to unreasonable search and seizure, but there is considerable confusion about the details. A police officer can stop you and ask you questions, but he or she is not permitted to search you unless they have probable cause [...]

May 18, 2016

Tips for Avoiding a DUI at Bonnaroo

By |May 18, 2016|DUI|0 Comments

Before long the 2016 Bonnaroo season will be in full swing here in Tennessee. From June 9th through the 12th, Manchester, TN will bloom into a small city with thousands of visitors who will be our guests for the four day music festival-palooza. We are going to be honest and let you know that you [...]

May 11, 2016

Supreme Court Considers the Legality of Breath Tests without a Warrant for Suspected DUI

By |May 11, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In April, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Birchfield v. North Dakota, where the legal question was concerning whether a state can, without a warrant, criminalize a driver's refusal to take a blood alcohol test. The case included three men from Minnesota and North Dakota, who have asserted that making the refusal [...]

May 4, 2016

Making Summer Plans with Kids for Divorced Co-Parents

By |May 4, 2016|Family Law|0 Comments

Summer time is when the predictable schedule during the school year floats away and chaos can break out, if you do not already have a parenting plan in place. Now that you are in separate households, it will virtually impossible to decide to take a spur-of-the-moment trip if you plan to bring the children along. [...]

Apr 27, 2016

Tennessee Makes Progress to Strengthen Mandatory Ignition Interlocks and Improve DUI Conviction Reporting

By |Apr 27, 2016|DUI|0 Comments

Tennessee is making great strides towards strengthening the punishment for DUI offenders. A bill that would require an ignition interlock device for 120 for second-time DUI offenders has passed the Tennessee House of Representatives. The bill would also require that DUI arrest and conviction records be shared with every Tennessee court and judge immediately. The [...]

Apr 21, 2016

Questioning the Legality of Drug Testing Kits at Music Festivals like Bonnaroo

By |Apr 21, 2016|DUI|0 Comments

For five days each summer, the Old McAllister 750 acre farm located outside of Manchester, Tennessee becomes the sixth largest city in Tennessee, jam-packed with nearly 100,000 people when Bonnaroo comes to town. The largest music festival in the United States, Bonnaroo takes over the sleepy little town of Manchester with its 10,000 residents located [...]

Apr 13, 2016

Proposed Bill Would Boost Repeat DUI Penalties and Reduce Penalties for Small Amounts of Drug Possession

By |Apr 13, 2016|Criminal Defense Law|0 Comments

Rep. William Lamberth has introduced controversial legislation that would toughen drunk driving laws while simultaneously reducing the penalties for repeated drug possession. As introduced, HB 1478 would punish a sixth offense DUI as a Class C felony, punishable by three to 15 years in prison. It would define "prior convictions" for the purpose of enhancing [...]

Apr 6, 2016

Conversation Agents Cannot Replace Trusted Legal Advice

By |Apr 6, 2016|Domestic Violence|0 Comments

Conversational agents such as Siri, Google Now, Cortana and S Voice are computer programs housed within smart phones, which are designed to respond to user's question in a "natural" language that attempts to follow real, human conversations. The challenge with conversational agents is that people often do not understand the limitations of the technology and [...]

Mar 31, 2016

Forfeiture and Seizure of Property in Criminal Cases in Tennessee

By |Mar 31, 2016|Criminal Defense Law|0 Comments

Under the current civil forfeiture laws in Tennessee, police and prosecutors can seize and sell your car or other property and use the proceeds without having charged you with a crime. The Institute for Justice calls Tennessee's forfeiture and seizure laws "policing for profit" in the second edition of a report about the abuse of [...]

Mar 24, 2016

How Vacations and Summer Travel Impact Parenting Plans

By |Mar 24, 2016|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments

This is the time of year when parents start planning vacations and make plans for the summer months. When you are going through a divorce, or after the divorce is finalized, the parenting plan agreement is an important document that will govern the communications between the two co-parents. Even when the co-parents have a relatively [...]