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What are the differences between assault and battery?

If you are a Tennessee resident charged with assault and battery, you may think that these two words mean the same thing. As FindLaw explains, however, while they are similar, and an assault often leads to a battery, they are separate and distinct crimes

Understanding plea bargaining

The truth about criminal prosecutions is that many of them never even go to trial in the first place. Before a prosecution reaches the trial stage, a lot of cases are settled out of a Tennessee court with a plea deal. Ultimately, the choice to pursue a plea bargain is up to a defendant. Here’s a look at how plea bargaining works and why both defendants and prosecutors pursue it.

Understanding false arrest

Being arrested by the police can be a humiliating and angering experience for people in Tennessee. Some people may believe they have been arrested wrongly, especially if the charges are dropped or if they are acquitted in a court of law. However, proving false arrest is actually difficult. Furthermore, false arrest is not always committed by police.

Special concerns when falsely accused of cyber crime

Along with the increasing connectivity of the world and the prevalence of computers in our daily lives, we have been observing a corresponding increase in the number of our clients facing spurious allegations of cyber crime in Tennessee. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we consider it our duty as criminal defense attorneys to mitigate the long-term consequences this type of criminal charge might have for our clients. 

What does it mean to unlawfully flee from police?

Running away from a Tennessee police officer is a serious offense and should not be taken lightly. However, even though many people may know generally that it is not good to flee from police, they may not fully understand what constitutes fleeing from law enforcement or an arrest under Tennesee law.

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.

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