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Can A Vehicular Homicide Charge Turn Into A Murder Charge ?

Vehicular homicide charges are usually brought when a death occurs in a motor vehicle accident involving alcohol or reckless conduct in Tennessee. Crime reporter Jamie Satterfield reported on the efforts of two Knox County prosecutors to pursue a second degree murder charge instead of a vehicular homicide charge. One reason for the push is that a second degree murder charge carries a stiffer punishment.

How Much Will A DUI conviction Cost You?

As someone facing a DUI charge in Tennessee, you'll want to be aware of the type of repercussions you might face. Even at the lightest, you will still likely walk away with a fine if you are convicted. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we work to bring you the information you need so that you can be entirely prepared when you head in to face the judge on your hearing date.

Is A Prescription for Marijuana Legal In Tennessee?

Prescriptions for medical marijuana are available in 29 states plus the District of Columbia. A medical prescription for marijuana is not allowed under Tennessee law. I posted about the legality of possessing marijuana purchased in a state that legalized the sale of marijuana earlier this week. It made me wonder if a valid prescription for marijuana for medical reasons in another state would make possessing marijuana legal in Tennessee.

Punishment of Simple Possession of Marijuana in Tennessee

Punishment of simple possession of marijuana in Tennessee can be confusing. While the legalization of marijuana is rapidly expanding, it is illegal under Tennessee's criminal laws to possess marijuana. It is a criminal offense to possess less than one-half ounce of marijuana. It is a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor of simple possession of marijuana carries the following penalities:

Persistence Can Be The Key To A Successful Appeal

When someone who is suspected of committing a crime enters a plea of guilty, it usually appears as though the gears of the justice system are turning easily; part of a much larger, well oiled machine. In the majority of situations like this, by entering a guilty plea, the person ceases to be a suspect and becomes a convicted criminal, It might seem at this stage that justice is served and the case is closed. 

Allegations Of Domestic Violence Dismissed

Tennessee residents who find themselves taken to jail by authorities and charged with a crime may understandably feel very scared and unsure of what to expect next. Concerns that an arrest may all too easily lead to a conviction often arise. However, defendants are legally required to have the chance to clear themselves of charges if appropriate. 

Nashville Order Of Protection Docket Update

Orders of protection often go hand in hand with domestic violence cases and sexual assault cases. Last week we successfully defended an order of protection petition based upon an alleged sexual assault.The petitioner appealed as was their right. It was dismissed again. During the process, I learned something new.

Opioid Addiction: A Serious Political, Medical And Legal Issue

According to news reports, opponents of the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb are fearful that his nomination as the head of the Food and Drug Administration will ultimately be detrimental to the worsening opioid epidemic. These fears are based on the belief that he is too closely affiliated with the pharmaceutical industry and has plans to expedite drug review and approval process. The FDA approval and release process has long been under fire. Some people argue that an overly complicated process creates unnecessary delays in getting valuable, beneficial drugs to the market. Others worry that making it too easy to get drugs approved and on the market prioritizes pharmaceutical profits over patient safety.

Which Criminal Records Can Be Expunged In Tennessee?

A criminal record can haunt you for a long time -- even if it was a one-time mistake or you've since turned your life around. Arrest records, criminal charges and convictions can show up on all kinds of background checks. They can impair your ability to get a job, find housing, pursue higher education and get a professional license.


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