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August 2018 Archives

Why courtroom etiquette is important

As you get ready to go to your Tennessee court hearing, you will likely feel nervous and apprehensive. Probably the last thing on your mind is your clothing, your shoes, your haircut and other aspects of your personal grooming. It may therefore surprise you to learn that these things can influence the outcome of your case. 

How a felony conviction can negatively impact your life

At the Law Office of Rob McKinney in Tennessee, we know the many negative impacts a felony conviction can have on your life. We therefore thought we should give you an overview of what life can be like for a convicted felon before you make an unwise decision that could consign you to living such a life.

Understanding Tennessee's theft laws

Theft is a term that can widely describe various crimes of stealing property without permission. Because the word theft has a broad legal meaning that encompasses various degrees of offenses, it is important to know the exact definitions and punishments for each type of theft in Tennessee.

Think twice before you shoplift

At the Law Office of Rob McKinney in Tennessee, some clients come to us after making the unwise decision to shoplift and getting caught. Others come to us after they inadvertently forgot to pay for an item before leaving the store and security personnel accused of deliberately shoplifting. If you face shoplifting charges, you may well have a valid defense or even a counterclaim against the store for the tactics its personnel used while detaining you.

Are breath tests a reliable measure of DUI?

If you have been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Tennessee, you may have been asked to submit to a roadside breath test. Law enforcement officers often use these machines to determine whether you are driving with a blood alcohol content level that is over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. The problem lies in the fact that portable breath test devices do not always yield accurate results. In some cases, the device readings may be altered by another substance or other factors that could inflate the BAC level given on the breath test. This could result in a wrongful DUI charge and possible conviction.

4 types of credit card fraud

Credit card fraud is a term that broadly refers to various types of theft and fraudulent behavior relating to credit cards. Generally, this type of crime involves compromising or stealing credit card information. However, credit card fraud comes in a variety of shapes and forms. 

Understanding a drug paraphernalia charge

In Tennessee, possession of drug paraphernalia is a separate criminal charge usually associated with a charge of drug possession, production, intent to sell, etc. Per Section 39-17-425 of the Tennessee Code, personal possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor, the penalty for conviction of which is a jail sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days and/or a fine of up to $2,500. If, however, the conviction is for possession with the intent to sell or deliver illegal drugs, this is a Class E felony, the penalty for which is a prison sentence of up to two years and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

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