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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 [...]

May 11, 2016

Supreme Court Considers the Legality of Breath Tests without a Warrant for Suspected DUI

By |May 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

In April, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Birchfield v. North Dakota, where the legal question was concerning whether a state can, without a warrant, criminalize a driver's refusal to take a blood alcohol test. The case included three men from Minnesota and North Dakota, who have asserted that making the refusal [...]

Apr 27, 2016

Tennessee Makes Progress to Strengthen Mandatory Ignition Interlocks and Improve DUI Conviction Reporting

By |April 27th, 2016|DUI, Uncategorized|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 |April 21st, 2016|DUI, Uncategorized|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 |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 [...]

Apr 6, 2016

Conversation Agents Cannot Replace Trusted Legal Advice

By |April 6th, 2016|Domestic Violence, Uncategorized|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 |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 [...]

Mar 24, 2016

How Vacations and Summer Travel Impact Parenting Plans

By |March 24th, 2016|Divorce, Family Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

This is the time of year when parents start planning vacations and make plans for the summer months. When you are going through a divorce, or after the divorce is finalized, the parenting plan agreement is an important document that will govern the communications between the two co-parents. Even when the co-parents have a relatively [...]

Mar 10, 2016

Bonnaroo Planning & Survival Tips

By |March 10th, 2016|DUI, Uncategorized|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 [...]

Mar 3, 2016

How Child Centered Divorce Can Pave the Way for Successful Co- Parenting

By |March 3rd, 2016|Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parents who are going through a difficult divorce might think it preposterous that there might be a way for them to forge an effective co-parenting relationship after the divorce is final. You might wonder how you will be able to deal with your former spouse any better after the divorce than you did during the [...]

Feb 24, 2016

Is Your Former Spouse Unemployed or Under-employed to Avoid Paying Child Support?

By |February 24th, 2016|Family Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The adversarial divorce is over and your former spouse has been ordered to pay child support for the child you have together; however, you believe that they are not making an effort to find a job because they want to avoid paying child support. What can a primary residential parent do when the alternate residential [...]

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