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How to not derail your criminal defense

Whether you are a college student or a mid-career professional in Tennessee, a criminal charge can have a damaging effect on your future. It is normal for you to make mistakes, but when those mistakes result in you facing a criminal charge, you must consider the seriousness of your situation quickly. Out of  concern for your legal expenses, you may be thinking about going with a public defender. But with the stakes so high, you may want to consider obtaining representation from a highly experienced private defense attorney.

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.

What is a plea negotiation?

Tennessee residents who find themselves facing multiple charges of moderate severity may be offered the chance to enter a plea negotiation. You may have even heard the term and are interested in what it means, and whether or not it can help your situation.

State Supreme Court Rulings Change Search Warrant Laws

In a new ruling, The Tennessean reports, the Tennessee Supreme Court has changed the standard law enforcement needs in order to receive a search warrant based on evidence provided by confidential informants. In the past, a confidential informant needed to have both knowledge and be deemed a trustworthy source of information. The new ruling changes a 28-year old decision making the new standard for evidence to be judged worth of a warrant based on the "totality of the circumstances."

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