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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 contain inherent 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.

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.

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.

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