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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.

Many problems with child witnesses are likely here to stay

As some cases have shown, there can be many problems with witness testimonies. Often, these issues start with investigators. For example, officers may have administered an unfair photo identification or lineup, or asked a witness leading questions. Sometimes, other things cause problems, such as dim lighting or a cross-racial identification, to name two scenarios. Once in a while, a witness outright lies.

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. 

Is it safe to use social media while awaiting trial?

When facing criminal charges in Tennessee, you may wonder if you can use social media. You may already realize how precarious your situation is and are reluctant to put yourself in further jeopardy. As much as you would like to turn back the clock, you cannot. Now, you must do what you can to improve your chances of getting an acceptable outcome.

What is the definition of stalking in Tennessee?

Have you been accused of being a stalker? Perhaps you have strong romantic feelings for someone or are concerned about that person. Human relationships can be confusing to navigate, and what may seem like innocent behavior to you could lead to a criminal charge of stalking. 

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.

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