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August 2017 Archives

Wrongful conviction due to noncompliance with Brady rule

The recent overturned conviction of a Tennessee woman illustrates the general purpose of discovery in criminal defense as well as the importance of compliance with the Brady rule. As reported recently in the New York Times Magazine, Noura Jackson was wrongfully convicted for her mother’s murder because the Shelby County, Tennessee prosecution team failed to turn over exculpatory evidence as required by law. As a result, she was imprisoned for nine years.

The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony

If you have recently been charged with a crime in Texas, you may have questions about what the wording means. Slight differences in the terms used can have a major effect on the fines, jail time and other penalties that may be assigned to you. We at the Law Office of Rob McKinney can help you understand exactly what charges have been levied as well as represent your rights during your court case. 

Smryna, Tennessee DUI Alert

If you are arrested for DUI in Smyrna, Tennessee, your case will start in the Municipal Court of Smyrna. One unusal feature of DUI cases in Smyrna is the compliance hearing.

How can a DUI in Tennessee impact you?

In Tennessee, being convicted of a DUI charge can end up costing you more than you expect. Rob McKinney, Nashville criminal and DUI defense attorney, is here to highlight the exact consequences for varying DUI charges and what you may face if you end up convicted.

Is possession of half an ounce of pot always a felony?

In Tennessee, possession of one-half ounce to 10 pounds of marijuana is a Class E felony. If you are found guilty of this crime, you could be sentenced to 1-6 years in prison. But there is an interesting aspect to the law that defines this crime (Tennessee Code 39-17-417).

Should you accept a plea bargain?

If your criminal case is like many others, there may be elements of truth in the prosecutor's assertions. Though you may not have done everything the prosecutor says you did, there might be enough evidence to charge and possibly convict you. Faced with this reality, it can make sense to consider the possibility of a plea bargain.

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