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What happens at a preliminary hearing?

If you face criminal charges in Tennessee, you likely will enter a not guilty plea at your arraignment. The next major step in your prosecution will be your preliminary hearing. As FindLaw explains, a preliminary hearing is not a trial. Instead, it is a hearing to determine if the prosecutor has sufficient evidence against you for your case to proceed to trial.

What qualifies as entrapment?

Everyone in Tennessee and elsewhere knows about undercover police officers. Whether they are posed in a high-risk area to step in at the first sign of an assault or driving in an unmarked police car to find drunk drivers, the purpose of undercover officers is to catch wrongdoing without it being obvious there is a law enforcement presence. However, as you may not be aware, there is a difference between undercover officers stepping in after a crime has been committed and actively encouraging someone to commit a crime. When the latter occurs, it may be a case of entrapment.

Understanding Tennessee’s criminal record expungement process

As a Tennessee resident with a criminal record, you may find that having a record hinders your ability to do any number of different things. Depending on the details of your criminal case, you may find that it prevents you from finding a job or housing, for example, but there may be certain steps you can take to eliminate the damage your criminal record causes. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we understand what types of criminal cases are typically eligible for expungement, and we have helped many clients navigate the process and minimize the impact their criminal records have on their lives.

Understanding Tennessee’s Fresh Start Act

At the Law Office of Rob McKinney in Tennessee, we know how difficult it can be for someone with a criminal record to obtain employment. If you are such a person, you will be glad to know that the Tennessee Legislature passed the Fresh Start Act in September of this year that should make it substantially easier for you to find a decent job.

Understanding bribery in Tennessee

People who face a traffic ticket or a possible arrest by a Tennessee police officer may feel angry, scared or even desperate to get out of the situation. However, it is best to do as the officer says so you do not cause additional problems for yourself. Unfortunately, some Tennesseans believe flashing a few dollar bills will dissuade an officer from writing a ticket. This act, known as bribery, can do great damage to your criminal defense and add more jail time and fines.

Should the plea bargaining process be changed?

If you face criminal charges in Tennessee, you likely know that a plea bargain is one of your options. Depending on your situation and the facts of your case, a plea bargain may be advantageous. On the other hand, plea bargains containherent disadvantages. Perhaps the biggest is that, despite the fact that a jury trial always constitutes a risk, you give up your constitutional right to a trial by a jury of your peers when you accept a plea bargain. In addition, you must plead guilty to a crime in open court. This voluntary guilty plea makes it very difficult for you to prevail in any kind of an appeal.

Crime rates down on Tennessee college campuses

Here at the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we know that a Tennessee conviction for DUI, drugs or other crime can have a devastating effect on a person’s life. That is especially true if you are a college student. Your conviction could follow you “forever,” making it difficult for you to work in the field of your choice.

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.

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.

What you need to know about probation violations

At the Law Office of Rob McKinney in Tennessee, we know that if you are on probation and your probation officer believes you violated one or more provisions of your probation, you may be in serious trouble. Depending on the nature of your alleged violation and whether or not you have violated your probation in the past, you could face serious consequences, up to and including revocation of your probation and the requirement to serve the full remaining time of your original prison sentence.

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