Criminal Defense Law

Oct 26, 2016

Creepy Clowns Causing Fear and Paranoia as Halloween Approaches

By |October 26th, 2016|Criminal Defense Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Clown sightings are being reported in several places from the mid-Atlantic to the Southern United States. People are getting “creeped out” about it, and local police do not find it funny. Antioch and Glencliff high schools were placed in lock down in September after a reported clown threat. Four people were cited in Portland after [...]

Jul 21, 2016

What are the Consequences of a Domestic Violence Conviction in Tennessee?

By |July 21st, 2016|Criminal Defense Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Domestic violence is a serious issue in Tennessee with significant consequences. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 43 Tennesseans were murdered by intimate partners in 2014. Firearms were involved in 75 percent of these homicides. Tennessee law enforcement received 74,023 reports of domestic violence crimes, but many also went unreported. There were [...]

Jun 8, 2016

College Students Beware: You Future Could Be on the Line if You Are Charged with a Crime, Let Alone Convicted of One

By |June 8th, 2016|Criminal Defense Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tennessee has a lot of colleges, trade schools and universities. That means we have a lot of college “kids” running around the state at any given time of the year. Now, we say “kids” because most of these students are at least 18 years of age, which makes them adults in the eyes of the [...]

Apr 13, 2016

Proposed Bill Would Boost Repeat DUI Penalties and Reduce Penalties for Small Amounts of Drug Possession

By |April 13th, 2016|Criminal Defense Law, Uncategorized|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 [...]

Mar 31, 2016

Forfeiture and Seizure of Property in Criminal Cases in Tennessee

By |March 31st, 2016|Criminal Defense Law, Uncategorized|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 [...]

Feb 10, 2016

The New Ban on Solitary Confinement for Juveniles in the Federal Prison System

By |February 10th, 2016|Criminal Defense Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Last week President Obama announced that there would be a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in the federal prison system. In an op-ed article published in the Washington Post, President Obama outlined several executive actions on criminal justice reform. In the article, the President writes that there are as many as 100,000 people held [...]

Jan 5, 2016

Marijuana Might be Legal in Other States, but Tennessee Still has Tough Penalties against Pot

By |January 5th, 2016|Criminal Defense Law, Drug Crimes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Marijuana is legal for personal use in some states – but Tennessee is not one of them. Law enforcement in Tennessee takes our drug laws seriously, and drug offenders can face serious penalties if they are convicted of their charges. The Tennessee legislature is making some attempts to pass legislation that would legalize cannabis oil [...]

Dec 29, 2015

Balancing Privacy and Protection: Tennessee Law Enforcement’s Use of Body Cameras and Dash Cams

By |December 29th, 2015|Criminal Defense Law, Serious Traffic Offenses, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In October of 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times and killed by a police officer in Chicago. The whole event was captured on the dashboard camera of another police patrol car on the scene. The dash cam footage was not released until November 2015, which is 13 months after the incident. The footage [...]

Dec 18, 2015

Enhanced DUI Holiday Enforcement Periods – What Are Your Rights During a DUI Stop?

By |December 18th, 2015|Criminal Defense Law, DUI, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Drunk driving accidents occur more frequently around holidays when people may be celebrating too much with alcohol and then make the deadly decision to get behind the wheel and drive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 3,423 people killed in Tennessee between 2003 and 2012. About one in three [...]

Oct 27, 2015

The Dangers of Drugged Driving and the Consequences in Tennessee

By |October 27th, 2015|Criminal Defense Law, DUI, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In the same way that drinking and driving is hazardous, drugged driving, which is getting behind the wheel while under the influence of illicit drugs or prescription drug, puts both the driver, their passengers and the other drivers on the road in danger. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately [...]

Oct 6, 2015

Increased DUI Enforcement in Williamson County Through Labor Day

By |October 6th, 2015|Criminal Defense Law, DUI, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office is coordinating several local jurisdictions including Williamson County to increase DUI patrols through the Labor Day holiday on September 7th. The statewide campaign, "Booze it and Lose it," is part of a nationwide effort to prevent drunk driving injuries, fatalities and the economic losses associated with drunk driving accidents. [...]

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