Dec 16, 2014

A New Tennessee Law Criminalizes Mothers who Abuse Drugs During Pregnancy

By |Dec 16, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, Drug Crimes|0 Comments|

A Tennessee law that went into effect on July 1, 2014, would allow a woman to be charged with assault for the harm her drug use has inflicted on her child. State officials thought that this was the best course of action to stem the tide of infants born dependent on drugs. On July […]

Dec 4, 2014

Driving Drunk? Please Don’t Bring the Kids Along

By |Dec 4, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI, Serious Traffic Offenses|0 Comments|

Driving drunk with kids in the car is child endangerment. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD),20% of children aged 14 and younger who were killed in auto accidents in 2012 were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes. MADD says that drunk driving with a child in the car elevates this criminal act to child abuse.

In […]

Nov 25, 2014

Keeping Safe and Sober on the Roads this Holiday Season

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

This season when you gather with your friends and family for holiday festivities, getting home safe may not be foremost in your mind – but it should be. In the state of Tennessee, there were 6,928 alcohol-related car accidents in 2013 alone. Inebriated drivers are a hazard not just to themselves, but also to […]

Nov 18, 2014

Can You Really Be Charged with DUI When You are Not Driving Your Car?

By |Nov 18, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI, Uncategorized|0 Comments|

In Tennessee, the short answer is yes. Let’s say, for example, you are riding as a passenger in your car while someone else is driving, and that person has had too much to drink. If the police pull the car over because the driver has been swerving or driving erratically, and they charge the […]

Oct 28, 2014

New Texting Gun Would Catch Drivers Texting Behind the Wheel

By |Oct 28, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, Serious Traffic Offenses|0 Comments|

Texting while driving is a threat to safety on the road that is growing more and more significant as more people think that they can get away with texting behind the wheel, according to the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA website distraction.gov.

Texting behind the wheel causes more impairment than drinking and driving. […]

Oct 7, 2014

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By |Oct 7, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, Domestic Violence, Family Law|0 Comments|

The news has been inundated with stories regarding famous athletes, celebrities and politicians committing acts of domestic violence on their partners, spouses and children. There is no excuse for violence, but acts committed against loved ones seem especially heinous.

In the hopes of spreading awareness about the horrific nature of domestic violence, we share with […]

Oct 2, 2014

What Does “Contempt of Court” Actually Mean?

By |Oct 2, 2014|Child Custody, Child Support, Criminal Defense Law, Divorce, Family Law|0 Comments|

If you watch police procedurals or legal-based TV shows, you’ve probably heard a judge say “You’re out of order, Counselor” (or something along those lines) and then fine the attorney or the client for being in “contempt.” As a general rule, however, these types of shows don’t get the nuances of legal proceedings right, […]

Sep 9, 2014

“Hands Across the Border” and the DUI Checkpoint

By |Sep 9, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, DUI|0 Comments|

Tennessee took steps last month to pass the DUI Recidivism Act, which allows judges to assign mandatory drug and alcohol counseling and treatment for repeat offenders. But the newest campaign, “Hands Across the Border” (or “Hands Across Borders,” depending on who you ask) shows us a crackdown on DUIs that seems more in style […]

Sep 3, 2014

Separate Sovereignty and Double Jeopardy: Investigating Darren Wilson

By |Sep 3, 2014|Criminal Defense Law, Violent Crimes|0 Comments|

You can’t turn on the news these days without hearing about Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, MO who was killed by a police officer. The evidence is currently being presented to a grand jury in St. Louis, and we expect that this particular case will be taking up a lot more air […]

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 […]