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Getting a new job after a conviction

For people in Tennessee who have been convicted of a crime and maybe even have spent time in jail or prison, the path to a better future can feel very uncertain. Earning a living is an essential part of rebuilding a person's life but a criminal record may be considered a black mark that some employers cannot overlook. However, that should not deter people from finding their dream job. 

Glassdoor indicates that one of the things job seekers with criminal pasts should do is carefully consider the type of job they want to apply for and how it might connect to their criminal offense. For example, a person who has been convicted of a drunk driving offense might be better served to avoid applying for jobs in which they would be driving for work.

Taking a look at Tennessee domestic violence statistics

Here at the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we know that domestic violence remains a huge problem in Tennessee and across the nation. We also know, however, that a false accusation of domestic violence can turn your life upside down. That is why one of the major legal services we offer is that of defending against questionable and outright false domestic violence accusations.

All that being said, we thought it would be helpful, both to victims and accused perpetrators, to present the data compiled by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on the incidence of domestic violence in Tennessee during 2017, the latest year for which full data is available.

How false confessions happen

Recent advancements in DNA evidence have helped hundreds of falsely accused inmates take back their freedom. Estimates reveal that, collectively, these individuals lost almost 1,500 years of their lives in 2017 alone. Why is it that so many innocent people go to prison?  

Many of these problems stem from coerced confessions. Interrogation techniques often push the limits of what is fair and ethical. While numerous cases of false imprisonment continue to come to light, hopefully, these methods will undergo some changes.

How accurate are Breathalyzer machines?

If Tennessee law enforcement officials pull you over for a suspected DUI, they likely will make you take a Breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol concentration. But are the results of these tests really all that accurate? ProctorCars.com reports that most of them have up to a 15% margin of error. This translates into up to 23% of accused driving under the influence defendants having been the victim of an inaccurate Breathalyzer.

Breathalyzer machines come in the following three types:

  1. Fuel-cell
  2. Infrared
  3. Color-Changing

What is vehicular homicide in Tennessee?

Drunk driving can cause harm to other people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths in crashes involving alcohol in Tennessee from 2003–2012 is 3,423. What happens to those on the other end of this statistic?

There are harsh criminal penalties for someone facing a vehicular homicide charge in Tennessee. It is important to understand the nuances of the law and how vital it is to have a criminal defense.

Is Tennessee a capital punishment state?

Yes, Tennessee is one of 32 states where capital punishment, a/k/a the death penalty, still exists. In fact, three executions took place in 2018 and the Tennessee Supreme Court has scheduled four for 2019 and two for 2020.

Per the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1978 reinstatement of the death penalty, states can write their own capital punishment laws and procedures. FindLaw explains that for Tennessee, this means that if you are a death row prisoner, your life will end via a lethal injection unless you committed the offense for which you received an ultimate conviction prior to January 1, 1999. In that case you can opt for electrocution.

What are the possible consequences of a DUI?

In Tennessee, drunk driving is also referred to as driving under the influence, or DUI. Most states set their own laws when it comes to blood alcohol concentration limits, license revocations, criminal sentences and implied consent for drivers. According to FindLaw, when a driver’s BAC is .08 or higher in the state, the driver is considered legally drunk. If the BAC hits .20 or higher, there are additional penalties for drinking and driving.

For those under the age of 21, there is a zero-tolerance policy, and a DUI can be the result of a BAC as low as .02. If a person between the ages of 16 and 20 is found guilty of impaired driving, they may receive a fine, have their license revoked and be asked to do community service by the court.

Key aspects of conspiracy charges

Sometimes, the influence of people around you can be detrimental. In fact, in some cases, such as conspiracy to commit a crime, it can be quite costly.

Even if the party does not aid in committing the crime physically, the conspiring element makes it a criminal offense. If you face a conspiracy charge, there are some things you need to know.

Aggravating factors in DUI cases in Tennessee

It is clear that drunk driving is illegal and comes with strict consequences. Even a first-time DUI offense may come with one-year license revocation, fines up to $1,500, installation of an ignition interlock device, participation in an alcohol treatment program and a spike in car insurance. 

But some instances of DUI involve aggravating factors. These may increase the punishments that a driver faces. Here are some ways that a DUI case may become more serious. 

Why blowing off your court date is a really bad idea

At the Law Office of Rob McKinney in Tennessee, we represent many people charged with allegedly committing a crime. Consequently, we know how important it is that you show up at all your scheduled court hearings.

Unfortunately, many people fail to take a court date seriously, particularly if it involves a perceived minor traffic violation such as speeding, etc. Failing to appear in court at the scheduled time, however, can place you in bigger trouble than you currently face.

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