When it comes to locating vehicles and drivers allegedly involved in hit-and-run accidents, police here in Nashville and elsewhere often rely on witness statements regarding the type of vehicle and/or a description of the driver. Officers canvass the area and might find a vehicle that appears to match the one witnesses described, but that does not mean they have actually found the culprit. Drivers are taken into custody and face charges that could include vehicular assault (if the victim lives) or vehicular homicide (if the victim dies), along with other charges such as DUI, if it appears to be appropriate.
A Tennessee woman was driving along Kingsport Highway shortly before 11:10 a.m. on a recent Tuesday. Around that time, she was involved in a single vehicle accident. By the next morning, officials announced that the woman would be facing DUI charges, and other accusations, in connection with the crash.
Back at the end of June, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services informed the Sheriff's Office in one county that it was investigating an assistant pastor in a neighboring county. The agency claimed that the individual's influence in his county made it unrealistic to conduct an investigation regarding allegations of sexual misconduct made against him. On Oct. 17, he was indicted for sexually abusing and raping two young girls.
No one deserves to be physically or sexually assaulted. However, when someone is accused of doing so, they deserve the right to be presumed innocent until and unless proved guilty in a Tennessee court of law. Anyone facing allegations of sexual assault and/or battery should enlist the assistance of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure that his or her rights are protected.
After being involved in an accident and being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, you might think things could not get any worse. However, if someone else involved in the crash was seriously injured or died, you could end up facing charges for vehicular homicide or vehicular assault. Tennessee law allows these charges to be filed even if you had no intention to kill or seriously injure anyone when you got into your vehicle.
Here in the United States, you are guaranteed the presumption of innocence with regard to any accusation of criminal conduct until and unless it is proved beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. In addition, you are entitled to review the evidence and confront any witnesses against you that Tennessee prosecutors intend to present in court. Understanding these basic rights, there are important facts you should know about DUI charges.