Criminal Defense Law
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
How Do Pardons Work?
A pardon is a government decision that exempts someone from being punished for a crime. While the President (federal) or governor (state) has the right to pardon someone, the decision to pardon rests solely in the executive’s discretion. Once the decision is made to pardon someone or not, it is final and is not subject…Read More
The Pros and Cons of a Plea Bargain
Experienced criminal defense lawyers work aggressively to obtain dismissals of criminal charges and to suppress evidence that was illegally obtained or is improper. They should always be ready to try your case in court before a jury. Many times, though, lawyers work with the prosecutor to arrange a plea bargain. A plea bargain essentially means…Read More
How Does Bail Work in Tennessee Criminal Cases?
After an arrest for any criminal charge, a defendant is entitled to a bail hearing. Defendants who can obtain bail are released from prison. Defendants who are not approved for bail or can’t meet the bail requirements will stay in jail until their case can be heard. Experienced defense lawyers fight to have their clients…Read More
When Drunk Driving Is a Symptom
The consequences for even a first-time conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol in Tennessee are quite severe. In addition to a criminal record, a DUI conviction means at least two days in jail and possibly up to nearly a year in jail. You’ll have to pay a large fine. Your insurance rates will…Read More
SCOTUS Decision Limits Warrantless Entry for (Some) Fleeing Suspects
In a blow against law enforcement overreach, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) held that there are Fourth Amendment limits on chasing fleeing suspects who enter their homes. The decision of the court was unanimous, and the decision of California’s First District Court of Appeals was vacated. The case was remanded back to…Read More
Vehicle-Related Theft Crimes in Tennessee
If you have played a video game in the last 20 years, then you’re probably familiar with Grand Theft Auto. It has been through multiple iterations and offers a number of expansion packs, and can be played on multiple devices – a dream come true for anyone who secretly dreams of working their way up…Read More
From Late Fees to Felony Warrants
In a story that reminds readers of an old Seinfeld episode*, a Texas woman now has to fight felony charges due to the failure to return a VHS tape. The woman doesn’t remember the tape nor the failure to return it. Adding to her nightmare is that the company she rented the tape from ceased…Read More
Defenses Against Aggravated Assault Charges in Tennessee Defense
Aggravated assault in Tennessee is, essentially, the intentional committing of an assault that causes serious bodily injury, causes death, or involves the use of a deadly weapon. Aggravated assault can also include strangulation, the failure of a parent to protect a child from an aggravated assault, and other definitions. Aggravated assault is defined in the…Read More
New Analysis Reveals Tennessee’s Growth in Life Sentences for Criminal Offenses
New state laws require life sentences for more criminal offenses. The enforcement of these laws through arrests, prosecutions, and convictions is causing a large increase in the Tennessee state prison population. According to a study by the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit based in Washington DC, the trend towards more lifetime incarcerations in Tennessee is just…Read More
Busting 4 Myths About Being Arrested
Who knows where certain information comes from? You hear through the grapevine over the years that one thing or another can keep you from getting arrested if you’ve committed a crime. Unfortunately, that bad game of “whisper down the lane” can very well have the opposite result because what you’ve heard is frequently wrong. Sometimes…Read More
Can I Be Arrested for Not Wearing a Mask in Tennessee?
Mandatory mask wearing has been a controversial subject for many months around the country. Some states have issued a sweeping mandate while others, like Tennessee, have refrained leaving it to individual municipalities to decide and enforce. This can make it tricky for anyone traveling around the state to know whether they risk being arrested just…Read More
What Are the Safest Towns in Tennessee?
If you are considering moving to Tennessee, or want to move to a new town within the state, now is the right time to begin your research. The SafeWise Sixth Annual Safest Cities report was released late in 2020, highlighting the top 20 safest cities and towns in Tennessee. And Franklin and Brentwood made the…Read More
Decoding the Effect of COVID on Crime in Tennessee
There are different reports on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting crime. On the one hand, less interaction between people has reduced some types of crime. On the other hand, there are many people who are struggling to cope with the pandemic, which is leading to increases in reports of domestic violence. According to an…Read More
Election Day Sees Several States Make Big Changes in Drug Laws
Many changes to drug laws were on the election ballot this November, with several states legalizing marijuana for medical and/or recreational use. One state, Oregon, eliminated criminal penalties for harsher drugs including cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine for smaller amounts. These initiatives ended up on ballots nationwide due to concerns that there are better ways to…Read More
Can You Be Charged with a Crime if a Medical Emergency Leads to a Fatal Crash?
Suffering a medical emergency while driving is frightening for you, the passengers in your vehicle, and all those around you on the roads. It can be nearly impossible to predict various medical emergencies, but there are some people who should not be driving based on their medical conditions. For example, those diagnosed with seizures might…Read More
Beer, Food, Bar Fights, and Padlocks: One Franklin Bar’s History of Nuisance Calls
The Tin Roof 2 bar in Cool Springs, Tennessee had its doors padlocked by the Franklin Police Department a few weeks ago due to a court order. The town claims that the bar has been a nuisance to its neighbors, the town, and the Franklin Police Department, citing more than 296 incidents at the location…Read More
How You May Be Falsely Accused of Theft in Tennessee
Theft charges in Tennessee are serious and can result in hefty consequences for those convicted. Not only is an arrest for theft of any type of property and embarrassing situation, it is also costly in the financial and legal sense. A conviction can damage your immediate and long-term future prospects for employment and other life…Read More
Serious Flaws in Tennessee’s Proposed New Red Flag Law
Tennessee’s legislative bodies are considering a new “red flag” law that would permit a temporary confiscation of guns from “at-risk” persons. The legislation would allow the courts in Tennessee to remove firearms on a temporary basis from relatives who are deemed to present a threat either to other people or themselves. If the legislation is…Read More
The Impact of the Coronavirus on the Criminal Court System
The Coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to adapt in new ways. The criminal justice system is also feeling the effects of these changes. We wanted to take a look at some of them today, so you know what to expect. Courts resuming in-person hearings with restrictions After the Tennessee Supreme Court suspended all…Read More