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Understanding the criminal discovery process

For people facing criminal charges in Tennessee, one of the few good things in their lives is the criminal discovery process. This is the period after their arrest, but before they go to trial, in which the prosecution must turn over a variety of things to their attorney so (s)he has a better chance of mounting a good defense that plants reasonable doubt in jury’s minds so as to result in an acquittal. The defense, too, must turn over a variety of things to the prosecution.

3 of the most common crimes in Nashville

Nashville is a beautiful city full of entertainment and excitement. Its moniker Music City is well-deserved, as is its residents' reputation for friendliness. Behind all of Nashville's obvious appeal, however, are some startling statistics about crime. While it is still one of the safer metropolitan areas in the United States, there are violent offenses committed every day.

Understanding theft, robbery and burglary

At the Law Office of Rob McKinney in Tennessee, we find that many of our clients facing property crime charges are confused about the differences between theft, robbery and burglary. If you likewise are unclear about these three related but separate crimes, here is a quick overview.

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?

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