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Nashville,TN. Weapon Charges Alert

Recently, Nashville Davidson County District Attorney Glenn Funk initiated a change in how to handle weapons charges in General Sessions Court. All weapons charges are to move through the system to Criminal Court, rather than potentially settling in General Sessions. This new policy is in response to the increase in crimes involving firearms. Part of the new directive is mandatory jail time. No plea bargains will be offered in firearm cases without some jail time. If you wish to avoid jail time, your only options are to either go to trial or plead guilty and have a sentencing hearing.

Defending yourself against weapons charges in Tennessee

Weapons charges in the state of Tennessee can bring serious penalties, and if police charged you with a crime involving firearms, you need to develop a strong defense. If you do not take the opportunity to strategically defend yourself in the face of these charges, you could end up with the harshest consequences the law has to offer when it comes to weapons convictions.

In Tennessee, Guns and Alcohol Don't Mix

It's Sunday afternoon and you feel like doing some target shooting. Grabbing a six-pack and your pistol, you head out to the Back 40, drink the beer, set up the empty cans, and start shooting. You've just broken Tennessee Code 39-17-1321, which makes it illegal to possess a handgun while under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance. It's a Class A misdemeanor that carries a potential sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.

New Gun Laws Under Consideration By The Tennessee Legislature

In the first two months of 2017, state lawmakers in Tennessee have already proposed several new laws concerning gun ownership and use. These include both "pro-gun" and "anti-gun" bills. Though it's too early to predict with certainty, some of these will probably be enacted into law while others may languish or be defeated.

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