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Neighborhood disputes can become deadly

A character in a Robert Frost poem felt that good fences make good neighbors. Perhaps it is true, unless the fence is encroaching upon the other neighbor's property line. In this case, the fence may cause good neighbors to become aggressive enemies.

Anecdotes about bickering neighbors are mainstays in stand-up comedy, but in everyday life, when neighbors turn hostile, there is nothing funny about the outcome.

Domestic violence charges and your career

Those who are facing domestic violence charges may be worried about many consequences they are facing, such as time behind bars and issues related to child custody. However, there are other potential areas of concern to be aware of if you have found yourself in this position. For example, you may need to think about the potential impact that these allegations may have on your career. Not only could you lose your job as a result of this situation, but you may have an extremely hard time finding work in a particular field in the years to come.

Some people have had to find a new line of work altogether as a direct result of domestic violence charges. Unfortunately, some of these cases involve fabricated accusations that were designed to destroy a person's reputation and make them pay for an offense they never committed. Whether someone was targeted by a bitter ex or found themselves in this position over an ordeal that was exaggerated, there are all sorts of reasons why people have been unfairly punished because of domestic violence allegations.

Prosecution of nurse prompts discussion of medicine safety

After an elderly patient died while under medical care in Tennessee, the district attorney decided to charge the nurse who was caring for the patients at the time of their death. The charges have many discussing whether prosecuting the nurse is the best way to improve medical protocols and make medicine safer.

NPR reports that the incident occurred when the patient was an imaging scan and the nurse gave her what was supposed to be an anti-anxiety medication to calm her down. The patient was instead given a paralytic drug that had the same first letters as the other medication. It is alleged that the nurse removed the wrong medication from the dispensing cabinet, and the charges came because she overrode the safety mechanism built into the machine to administer the dose anyway.

What is the Discovery for Justice Reform Act?

The Blindfold Law blocked criminal defendants from accessing information that may prevent them from blindly accepting plea bargains or sending them to trial without knowing the evidence that is being brought against them. This included defending attorneys, who were not allowed access to key evidence against their clients, including investigative reports and eyewitness testimonies. In some cases, innocent people were prompted to take plea deals even before they knew what evidence was being used to convict them of the crime. Had the evidence been brought beforehand, it may prove that there was insufficient data linking the suspect to the crime. At this point, however, the defendant already accepted a plea deal.

The Discovery for Justice Reform Act ensures the defendant’s attorney, as well as the defendants have access to the evidence earlier on in the case. Prosecutors are now required to turn over evidence pertaining to the case earlier on, giving others a chance to review the information before determining whether they want to accept a plea bargain or pursue another route of legal action.

Health issues and field sobriety test

If you have been stopped by a police officer and were subsequently arrested for suspected drunk driving in Tennessee, it will be important that you learn about the different elements of your arrest and how these may help you defend yourself against the charges. One of the elements of a drunk driving investigation is the administration of field sobriety tests. These tests all have known failure or inaccuracy rates and your health may well be a contributor to your inability to pass one or more of them. 

As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, two of the tests used during by officers require you to maintain perfect balance while simultaneously executing other cognitive tasks. These are the one-leg stand test and the walk and turn test. Several factors may prevent you from being able to balance well even if you have not consumed any alcohol. If you are overweight or beyond the age of 65, your balance may naturally be compromised.

What happens if the police find pills in your vehicle?

When driving on any Tennessee road, it is important that you understand how certain items in your possession may affect you. If the police pull you over with pills in your possession, what could that mean?

The laws across the country spell out the consequences for carrying certain substances in your motor vehicle. How couid things happen if the police catch you with pills?

Can you lose a professional license for not paying child support?

As a Tennessee resident who is currently paying child support, you may already know that failing to keep up with your child support payments can potentially put you in serious hot water.

So, if you cannot keep up with your Tennessee child support payments, what types of repercussions might you face? The National Conference of State Legislatures details the penalties Tennessee residents who fail to stay current on child support may face.

Is it legal to repair an IID yourself?

Tennessee law may require you to install an ignition interlock device under certain conditions, such as if you get a conviction for a DUI. These devices have relatively strict rules governing their maintenance, installation and use. Maintaining the device would be your responsibility, but you would not be allowed to do the repairs yourself.

It is also worth mentioning that you may be able to petition the court for the right to install an IID. This could be useful if you were driving on a geographically restricted license that did not suit your needs. With that in mind, here are some of the rules you would have to follow if you had an IID ordered.

Are designated drivers a safe option?

If you are like many Tennessee residents, you may enjoy having drinks when going out with friends for dinner or spending a night out on the town. Traditionally, it is the rule of thumb to designate a driver to transport you safely if you plan on drinking. However, a study shows that designated drivers may not always be the safest option.

A study, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, found that designated drivers may have a blood alcohol content level that makes them not safe to drive. In many cases, the driver who is designated to remain sober during the night, may find it harmless to have a drink or two. Researchers in the study looked at bar patrons over a three-month period who were designated to stay sober drivers. They found that 40 percent of DD had consumed alcohol and of those drivers, 18 percent had a blood alcohol content level of 0.05 or higher.

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