Aug 28, 2014

Spousal Support 101: Understanding Alimony in Solido

By |Aug 28, 2014|Family Law|0 Comments|

There are four categories of spousal support in Tennessee; alimony in solido, however, is a bit different from the rest of them. Often called “lump sum” alimony, this form of spousal support is the only one that:

Can be paid all at once
Can be paired in addition to other forms of alimony
Does not stop when […]

Aug 23, 2014

Custodial Interference vs. Denying Visitation Rights

By |Aug 23, 2014|Child Custody, Family Law|0 Comments|

A Tennessee woman made headlines in Arizona recently when she and her daughter were founded at a women’s shelter. The news stories claimed that the daughter was “reunited” with her father, and that he’s pressing charges of custodial interference.

Custodial interference falls into the same part of the Tennessee Criminal Code as kidnapping, but they’re […]

Aug 12, 2014

An Update on the DUI Recidivism Act

By |Aug 12, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI|0 Comments|

Tennessee has always had some of the strictest laws regarding DUI/DWI on the books. But in July of this year, the DUI Recidivism Reduction Act was officially passed into law. The aim of the Act is twofold: reduce the amount of repeat offenders crowding our county jails and prisons, and give those offenders the […]

Aug 5, 2014

FBI Errors May Have Gotten Some People Killed

By |Aug 5, 2014|Criminal Defense Law|0 Comments|

In 2012, the FBI and Department of Justice launched a massive investigation into 2600 cases – including 45 death row convictions – stemming from the 1980s and 1990s. But after finding evidence of flawed forensic information in 160 cases, the FBI shut the review process down. The Washington Post reports that “According to the […]

Jul 28, 2014

How Long Will My Divorce Take?

By |Jul 28, 2014|Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

Once you’ve made the difficult decision to divorce, you may wonder just exactly how long the whole divorce process will take from start to finish. That is a good question, but one for which there is no uniform answer. Many different factors can speed up or slow down a divorce. Some of those factors […]

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 […]