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May 2018 Archives

You could be charged with a crime for road rage

With traffic seeming to get more congested every day, it can be easy to lose your temper while driving. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we understand your frustration, especially if another driver cuts you off or almost causes an accident due to texting while driving or another form of negligence. However, you and other Tennessee residents may not realize that you could face criminal charges for losing your cool to the point that you target another driver.

How does Tennessee define aggravated assault?

If you face aggravated assault charges in Tennessee, your freedom is at stake. As FindLaw explains, Tennessee has several classifications of aggravated assault, conviction of which is a Class C or Class D felony depending on the circumstances. Class D felonies carry a prison term of from two to 12 years and a fine of up to $5,000. Class C felonies carry a prison term of from three to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Can a drug conviction lead to a loss of financial aid?

If one of your children attends college in Nashville or another part of Tennessee, he or she may, like many college students, go to a few wild parties or engage in a little experimentation now and then. When that experimentation involves drugs, however, it can lead to some serious collateral consequences, one of which might be a loss of financial aid.

What does “fruit of the poisonous tree” mean?

If you face criminal charges in Tennessee, you may hear people talking about the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine, but wonder if it has anything to do with your case. It may or may not depending on the evidence against you and how law enforcement officials obtained that evidence.

Understanding what could happen to you after a swatting prank

During a recent get together with friends, things got a little heated. After the confrontation, one of your buddies suggests you get back at the offending person by playing a popular prank called "swatting" on him. The plan is to call police with the story that the other player was holding a person at gunpoint and to give them his address, knowing that armed law enforcement would show up at the person's house and scare him half to death. It sounds like a funny, harmless prank, right?

How will a criminal conviction affect future employment?

Of course, it comes as no surprise that having a criminal record of any kind, let alone a conviction, can lead to obstacles in finding and maintaining employment. Employers are wary of hiring those with a past. While their hesitation is understandable, it is not helpful to those who want to rebuild their lives.

DUI charges from a parent's point of view

Facing drunk driving charges is never easy, but there are certain instances where these charges are especially upsetting. For example, a parent who finds themselves charged with driving under the influence may worry about a wide variety of problems related to the charges and the impact that an unsuccessful outcome in court could have on their entire family. If you are in this position, it is essential to make sure that you have left no stones unturned as you go over your legal options.

Details of the one-leg stand test

If you have ever wondered how hard it could be possible for a person to really fail a field sobriety test in Tennessee, you should learn what is really involved in these tests. Once you know more about them, you may actually instead wonder how a person could ever actually pass one of these tests.

Tips for dealing with a sobriety checkpoint in Tennessee

In addition to making traffic stops based on probable cause, Tennessee law enforcement may also set up sobriety checkpoints to catch intoxicated drivers. Popular times and locations center around events or places that are likely to result in a higher level of drinking. The state government also posts advance notice of dates and places for checkpoints.

Do you have to prove your innocence in a criminal trial?

Thanks to TV shows and other dramatizations, you may have an incorrect understanding of how the justice system works when you face criminal charges. Many factors play a role in how your case will proceed, such as what the charges are and who is prosecuting you. You may be able to settle things without a trial.

How to stay safe when a police officer stops you

Flashing blue lights in the rearview mirror send everyone's pulses racing. Eyes turn to the speedometer and minds spin with a thousand questions about why the officer has decided to make the stop. The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has published a brochure to help Tennessee drivers know what to expect if they find themselves in that dreaded position on the shoulder of the road with flashing lights and sirens behind them. 

Non-alcohol DUI charges

You may associate a DUI charge with alcohol consumption. However, other substances may impair your driving ability and result in criminal charges. Driving under the influence of drugs is more common than you may think.

Does domestic violence cause long-term bodily injury?

At first, your spouse just got really mad at you sometimes. Maybe he yelled, slammed doors or punched walls. The first time he touched you in a violent way, he grabbed your arm so hard the bruise lasted for two weeks. After that, it seemed easier for him to go off on you, slapping you and then punching you in the face. Whether you live in a ranch-style home in a classy Tennessee suburb or in a bungalow in the Smoky Mountains, if this describes you, read on.

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