Criminal Defense Law
What Makes a Traffic Stop Legal?
Even the most careful and upstanding citizens may find themselves being pulled over by a police officer at some point in their lives. However, if the traffic stop starts to feel invasive and like it may be something more than issuing a citation or warning, you may begin to wonder if it is legal. Do…Read More
False Arrest in Tennessee
When you are arrested, the harm it can cause to your personal and professional reputation is immeasurable. The question of whether you are guilty or innocent does not even matter. Once your friends, family, and employer discover the news of your arrest, the rumor mill is already hard at work chipping away at your character.…Read More
Wrongful DUI Arrests and Their Long-Term Effects
Police officers are in place to justly serve and protect our residents and cities – though, this isn’t always the case. There have been numerous situations in the past decade of people being wrongfully accused, detained, and arrested for crimes they did not commit. We recently came across a piece in The Daily Beast about…Read More
Did You Cause a Ruckus in Public?
Disturbances in public can lead to many consequences for those causing them. It can start as a simple nuisance to bystanders but can quickly progress into a dangerous situation for everyone around. Several types of public disturbances can occur: public intoxication, disorderly conduct, riot, stalking, aggressive panhandling, and disrupting meetings or processions. All may be…Read More
Should I Tell My Lawyer If I Committed the Crime?
Admitting guilt is never an easy thing, even to those who are there to support you. It’s true when we’re children and do something bad at school, or when we make a mistake at work. The same is true for when you are charged with a crime that you did indeed commit. Your defense attorney…Read More
Childhood Trauma Can Be the Building Blocks to a Life of Violent Crime
One of the biggest reasons for searching out alternatives to incarceration, especially in Tennessee, is that our prisons and jails are full to bursting with inmates, including new and repeat offenders. When looking into why this is, and why jail time doesn’t seem to be dissuading or rehabbing offenders as jail is meant to do…Read More
Robbery and Theft Are Still Prevalent in Franklin
A number of news sources and think tanks have been raising the alarm regarding violent crime in America. You only have to turn on the news to see men and women – brows furrowed, mouths drawn tight – bemoaning the increase in crime across the country. To some extent, they are correct; the Brennan Center…Read More
Can I Go to Jail for Not Doing Community Service in Tennessee?
Court-ordered community service is becoming an increasingly more popular form of alternative sentencing for judges, and it is no exception for courts in the Franklin area, either. Sometimes jail time is not in the best interest of the offender, especially if they are younger, the charge was a misdemeanor, and they have little or no…Read More
How Do Prosecutors Prove Financial Crimes?
Financial crimes are non-violent and often happen to good people who make mistakes. They are also known as white-collar crimes. (The term “white-collar” comes from perpetrators of these crimes working in offices and wearing shirts with a collar.) Prosecuting these crimes is different from other criminal defense cases. A Franklin criminal defense lawyer from the…Read More
Can My Property Be Seized if I am Convicted of a Felony?
A new state law has expanded asset forfeiture for certain felony crimes such as kidnapping, murder, and rape. HB2271 went into effect on July 1, 2022, and is one of the first of its kind in the country. WKRN reports that the law “has expanded criminal asset forfeiture for 12 statutes.” Representative Brandon Ogles, who…Read More
What Are Enhanceable Offenses?
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines the word enhance as “to increase or improve in value, quality, or attractiveness.” There are many things that many of us would like to enhance: beauty, health, intelligence, or quality of life. However, one thing many of us would not like enhanced are criminal offenses. When you have been accused of committing…Read More
When Can You Claim Self-Defense in Tennessee?
There are unfortunate times in your life when you need to defend yourself or your family. However, self-defense claims are not as easy to prove as you may think. Authorities and the court can use your claim of self-defense against you by saying you admit to harming another individual. They will quickly be able to…Read More
Bonnaroo Returns for 2022 with Plenty of Music
The Bonnaroo Festival, held in Manchester, Tennessee returns after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The festival is scheduled from June 16 through June 19 and is expected to draw close to 100,000 people from all over the United States. As you plan your trip to Manchester, it’s important to note what is and…Read More
What Is “Bentley’s Law,” the New Drunk Driving Bill in TN?
A new bill is about to be passed in Tennessee that would further deter drivers from drinking before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. Under House Bill 1834, known as Bentley’s Law, “if a parent of a minor child dies at the hands of a drunk driver, the convicted drunk driver is then responsible…Read More
Modern Grifter Anna Sorokin and Her Crimes
Fake heiress Anna Sorokin, also known as Anna Delvey, made a name for herself as a Manhattan socialite, scamming friends, associates, banks, and hotels during her time in New York until her arrest in 2017. With a New Yorker article and a Netflix series detailing her crime spree and resulting legal woes, the country became…Read More
Cannabis Edibles Are Making Kids Sick
The legalization of cannabis is becoming more common across the nation, for medical and recreational purposes. As a result, children are inadvertently ingesting marijuana and becoming seriously ill. On the national scale, these incidents are increasing. There were a reported 187 marijuana edible exposure cases for children 12 years and younger in 2016. In 2020,…Read More
License Plate Readers Lead to Drug Bust in Lebanon, TN
Earlier this month, Lebanon police officers made an arrest that theoretically took drugs and other paraphernalia off of Tennessee streets. However, the way in which they went about this is a highly debated topic. They used controversial surveillance technology to make a stop and arrested a 22-year-old. The technology they used is license-plate-recognition software that…Read More
What Are Discretionary and Reverse Waivers?
When a juvenile is charged with a crime in Tennessee, the court has the power to decide whether they will be tried for their crime in juvenile or adult court. The state bases their decision on a variety of factors, and can grant a waiver transferring a juvenile’s case over to adult criminal court. These…Read More
Breaking Down Felony Drug Charges
Earlier this month, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant at the home of Chris Appleby, a 33-year-old Amish man in Lawrence, Tennessee. According to various news sources, there were enough complaints lodged by neighbors to justify the warrant. It appears that justification was right. During their search, law enforcement officials discovered about…Read More
Obsessed with True Crime Docs? It May Be Ruining How You See the Justice System
While true crime has always been an obsession for Americans, there has been an increase in true crime influencers and online media in general. Netflix documentaries like Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer and American Murder: The Family Next Door give an interesting glimpse into how social media played a significant role in…Read More