Has your son or daughter been arrested for underage drinking, vandalism, theft, DUI or any other type of crime? Whether facing misdemeanor or felony charges, it is vital to your child’s future that you retain prompt and experienced legal counsel. Do not make the mistake of thinking your son or daughter needs to learn […]
So far 20 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized medical marijuana. Additionally, Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for recreational use. However, cannabis is still illegal in Tennessee and under federal law. This means that while the general attitude toward the substance has changed over the years, it is still against the law to […]
In the wake of the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict, many questions are floating around as to whether he could still face civil charges for his actions. Understanding the differences between the systems of law and how they fit together helps facilitate an understanding.
A person such as George Zimmerman or O.J. Simpson, who is […]
An alibi is any evidence showing that a defendant was somewhere other than the scene of a crime during the time the crime occurred. While the media and popular culture might portray the alibi as an untruthful or poor defense, the alibi is a perfectly respectable and frequently used legal defense. Here’s a brief […]
The primary reason defendants choose a plea deal is to receive a lighter sentence than they would receive if they went to trial and lost. Other benefits of plea bargains include saving money, a quicker resolution of the issues, avoiding publicity, and having a less severe offense on one’s record. Let’s take a look […]
Whether your defense to your DUI charges will be successful depends largely on the experience and skill of your DUI attorney and also on the strength of the evidence of your guilt.
Common pieces of evidence used in Tennessee DUI cases include the following:
Blood and Breath Tests
Blood or breath tests, which determine the amount of […]
We’ve all probably seen the movie Home Alone where eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidently left home alone during the holidays to face the antics of some comedic burglars while his family vacations in Paris. While this was a mistake, every parent one day faces the question of, “how old must my child be before […]
The criminal court procedures can be intimidating for anyone. If you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, you probably have a host of questions and concerns about how the system works and what to expect.
The first court appearance you will probably face is known as an arraignment, sometimes called an “initial appearance.” This proceeding […]
To successfully convict a criminal defendant, the government must prove the defendant was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The most common defenses criminal defendants may raise can be grouped into two general categories ― first, denying the defendant did anything (including the alibi defense), and second, acknowledging the defendant did the act but only […]
In light of all the attention paid to the criminal court system lately because of the George Zimmerman trial, it’s a good time to review some of the basics of criminal law that our system is founded upon.
What is the presumption of innocence?
Any person accused of a crime is presumed to be innocent until […]