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Plea agreements and the potential reduction of consequences

That the burden of proving criminal action rests largely on the prosecution in Tennessee criminal cases does not mean that convictions are uncommon. In fact, from misdemeanor domestic assault to felony battery charges, there is a chance that long-term consequences for the defendant might be exacerbated by a criminal trial. In situations where a trial on the original charges is likely to lead to an undesireable outcome, many defendants choose to enter into a plea negotiation phase prior to setting a court date. 

How does Tennessee define first degree murder?

If you are a Tennessee resident charged with first degree murder, no one need tell you that you are in very serious trouble. As FindLaw explains, under Section 39-13-202 of the Tennessee Code, there are three kinds of deaths that are considered to be first degree murder.

Revisiting the 2016 Gatlinburg fires

The U.S. Fire Administration defines arson as "willful, malicious, intentional and/or reckless burning of...property" and "wildfire arson" as burning "underdeveloped wildland or uncultivated land comprised of forest, brush or grassland." In November 2016, wildfires raged through Tennessee's eastern mountains, leaving 14 dead and 200 physically injured. 

The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony

If you have recently been charged with a crime in Texas, you may have questions about what the wording means. Slight differences in the terms used can have a major effect on the fines, jail time and other penalties that may be assigned to you. We at the Law Office of Rob McKinney can help you understand exactly what charges have been levied as well as represent your rights during your court case. 

Tennessee’s new anti-crime legislation

As new bills are submitted and updates are made to existing laws, the consequences and penalties for various offenses are constantly evolving and changing. As of January 1, 2017, the state of Tennessee enacted several new laws that can have a major impact on your sentence if you are convicted of a serious violent crime. We at the Law Office of Rob McKinney have prepared this guide to detail the changes that have been made.

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