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Crackdown on Tennessee drug trafficking results in 19 indictments

Many people may think of drugs as a problem that only affects large cities, but authorities in West Tennessee have put paid to that perception with a sweeping, year-long, multi-agency operation across several counties to disrupt what they report to be a large, rural-based drug trafficking organization. As of last week, the operation has resulted in 19 indictments as well as 14 additional arrests. 

The basics of aggravated assault

Tempers can run high in many situations in Tennessee and before you realize it, you might find yourself exchanging blows with another person. In this situation, you may face a charge of aggravated assault. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we know it is important for you to understand this charge and what it might mean for your future.

The high cost of a DUI

DUI charges are a headache to say the least. Navigating the judicial system takes a lot of time and effort, and a conviction leads to numerous consequences both under the law and in other areas of life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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