When the prosecution puts scientific test results from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in front of a jury, there's a certain presumption that the data is accurate. Indeed, some legal experts might make the observation that because the results come from a noted lab, they must be infallible.
Messages against drinking and driving during the holidays are starting quite early this year. For many the kickoff of the holiday season is often pegged to Halloween. For others, it's Thanksgiving.
Intent is something that carries a lot of weight in a court of law. In some instances, the laws of a given state may allow the prosecution to bring charges based on claims that alleged actions of defendants, such as driving under the influence, reflect intentional indifference for the safety of others, which merits harsher punishment.
One of the critical questions that ought to be asked any times charges are leveled against a person is whether police had justifiable cause to even enter into the picture.
Very often, when Tennessee prosecutors level vehicular homicide charges against individuals, evidence of alcohol can become an aggravating factor. But even if alcohol impairment isn't suspected, a conviction for vehicular homicide may be sought.