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 [...]

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 17, 2016

Do I Have to Take a Field Sobriety Test When I Get Pulled Over in Tennessee?

By |Mar 17, 2016|DUI|0 Comments

That queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach that comes when you have seen the blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror and you realize that you are being pulled over by a police officer. It is really late at night and you are on your way home from a party. You have consumed [...]

Mar 10, 2016

Bonnaroo Planning & Survival Tips

By |Mar 10, 2016|DUI|0 Comments

Whether you have been attending Bonnaroo since the beginning, or this is your first season at the summer music festival, you likely know that there are several versions of Bonnaroo survival guides floating around online. There are basically two flavors for these guides: the first is kind of an underground publication prepared by seasoned Bonnaroovians [...]

Feb 16, 2016

Get Ready to Have Fun & Be Safe at Bonnaroo and 2016 Summer Music Festivals

By |Feb 16, 2016|DUI|0 Comments

It is that time of year again. The summer music festivals are fast approaching and in the middle Tennessee area we are all looking forward to the hordes of people who descend on our area to have fun, spend time with friends and enjoy good music in the summer sunshine. We hope that everyone who [...]