Yes, Tennessee is one of 32 states where capital punishment, a/k/a the death penalty, still exists. In fact, three executions took place in 2018 and the Tennessee Supreme Court has scheduled four for 2019 and two for 2020.
The natural reaction from many in Nashville after hearing of violent crimes having been committed may often be to immediately demand justice on behalf of the victims. Those demands may not only place undue pressure on law enforcement officials to rush to coming up with the conclusion of a case, but also to automatically assign guilt to whomever comes under suspicion. The trouble with this method of thinking is that defendants are considered to be innocent until proven guilty, and thus entitled to a fair trial in which they can respond to the charges that are leveled against them. Too much media scrutiny could potential prejudice those put in a position to decide the outcomes of their cases.
Tempers can run high in many situations in Tennessee and before you realize it, you might find yourself exchanging blows with another person. In this situation, you may face a charge of aggravated assault. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we know it is important for you to understand this charge and what it might mean for your future.
Contrary to what many believe, not all people sentenced to spend time behind bars are guilty of committing a crime. In fact, there are a number of innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime they did not commit. According to the Innocence Project, there are many factors that can lead to a wrongful conviction. Eyewitness misidentification, however, is the most common error made in criminal trials. When people choose the wrong person out of a lineup, that person may be found guilty of committing a crime.
Whenever someone’s actions result in the death of another, you can almost be assured there will be criminal charges, if authorities determine the fatality resulted from negligence or ill intent. This may be true even if there was no intent for anyone to be harmed, but the activities involved recklessness or a lack of common sense that could have been avoided. The charges become even more serious if intentional violence was involved. You and other Tennessee residents who are facing manslaughter charges need to understand what this kind of charge entails.
While possibly every Tennessee driver has given in to aggressive behavior such as speeding or ignoring a traffic signal at least once, road rage is not quite so widespread. However, more and more motorists are finding that they are losing their tempers to a degree that they may not experience when not behind the wheel. According to WebMD, this is not simply a perceived phenomenon; road rage has deep psychological roots.
If you are like many Tennessee citizens, you either have a gun in your home or know someone who does. Most people believe that they have the right to protect themselves, their family and their property from intruders. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we often represent clients who must defend themselves from being sued by acting in self-defense.
Tennessee has the dubious distinction of ranking among the top states in the nation when it comes to the number of gun crimes committed. As reported by the Nashville Patch, Tennessee ranks 14th in the number of gun deaths, with 17.1 deaths occurring per every 100,000 residents according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With traffic seeming to get more congested every day, it can be easy to lose your temper while driving. At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we understand your frustration, especially if another driver cuts you off or almost causes an accident due to texting while driving or another form of negligence. However, you and other Tennessee residents may not realize that you could face criminal charges for losing your cool to the point that you target another driver.