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June 2017 Archives

What is a plea negotiation?

Tennessee residents who find themselves facing multiple charges of moderate severity may be offered the chance to enter a plea negotiation. You may have even heard the term and are interested in what it means, and whether or not it can help your situation.

Can all collected evidence be used against you?

Tennessee residents who are facing drug charges may have many questions on their mind, such as what penalties you could face if convicted or whether or not every piece of evidence obtained could be used against you in court. Rob McKinney, DUI defense attorney, works hard to set you at ease by providing clear-cut answers to these questions.

Crash leads sheriff deputy to be charged with drunk driving

Tennessee residents who have been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol know that there may be many steps involved in such an arrest and sometimes a DUI charge is only one of many charges that a person may ultimately face. It is also important to know that nobody is truly above the law as even law enforcement officers themslves can be charged with a drunk driving offense. 

No more trash pick-up for DUI offenses

For many, getting pulled over for a DUI may seem completely out of the realm of possibility. However, with a clear understanding of the legal limits in Tennessee, these offenses may be easier to come by than a person first imagines. This is especially true for underage drinking arrests, which lawmakers are trying to crack down on.

Avoiding Arrest at Bonnaroo

Today marks the start of this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Taking place from June 8 through June 11, the festival attracts music lovers from Tennessee, across the nation, and around the world. Inevitably, a small number of attendees get arrested, mainly for drug and alcohol crimes. Many of those people could avoid arrest by taking some simple precautions.

Rutherford County General Sessions Case Study

Being a criminal defense lawyer in General Sessions Court in Tennessee requires a lawyer to think on their feet. General Sessions criminal court practice is still trial by ambush. The rules of discovery do not apply. A defense lawyer has no idea about the case other than the arrest warrant and his interview of the accused. You might not even know if there are other charges. Here is a real case that happened in  Rutherford County , Tennessee.

Getting Out of Jail After Being Arrested

Unlike the game of Monopoly, when you have been charged with a serious crime in real life there is no "Get Out of Jail Free" card. In most cases however, it is possible to get out of jail either through the pre-trial release program or by posting a bond. The exceptions are cases involving capital murder, the federal crime of treason, a probation violation, or when there is a serious risk of flight or a threat to others.

Can a Judge Order You to Disclose Your Password ?

Criminal investigations have turned to cell phone searches as an major investigative tool. Cell phones may contain damaging evidence. People use cell phones to take pictures, videos, send emails and text messages. It can provide a treasure trove of evidence to the police.

What Happens at Your Arraignment ?

A arraignment  is the first step in Tennessee's criminal court process. The arraignment concept can be traced to the English criminal justice system. Back in the day when some folks could not read, one was called out to hear the criminal charges being accused. The charges were formerly read by the judge to let the accused know what crimes were being charged.

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