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A quick guide to marijuana charges in Tennessee

With ever-changing laws and perceptions of marijuana, it can be difficult to understand where the law stands and how it applies to you. Tennessee has even taken steps to reduce penalties — but is it illegal still? The short answer is yes, marijuana is illegal in Tennessee.

If you want a more in-depth look at how the state of Tennessee treats marijuana, including how the House of Representatives and governor blocked decriminalization ordinances, here is an overview.

How using social media can affect your defense

If you have been arrested and are facing charges of a crime, this can be an incredibly stressful time in your life. Your future is riding on the outcome, and you do not want to do anything to sabotage yourself. Unfortunately, many do just that when they turn to social media to vent or post incriminating things.

Facebook currently has almost two billion active members; Twitter has around 328 million users, Instagram has nearly 700 million and Snapchat reports close to two million members. This is an excellent opportunity to interact with people you care about, but you should use social media wisely, particularly when you are facing criminal charges.

Does alcohol affect the teenage brain differently?

In Tennessee, it is illegal to drink alcohol when you are under the age of 21. Doing so can lead to arrests and convictions that cost you money and time. Fines, jail time and community service are often the outcome of a drunk driving or drug conviction, but perhaps the biggest effects of drinking underage can be felt on the long-term changes made to the teenage brain.

During the teenage years, the brain is still developing, and anything that hampers that development can change the course of a life. Alcohol acts as a depressant of the central nervous system, although it may initially appear to be a stimulant because it also depresses sections of the brain that are responsible for inhibitions.

Do drug offenders benefit more from treatment than incarceration?

If you choose to use alcohol or drugs illegally and are arrested, you may face serious fines, penalties and lifelong consequences. Conviction for DUI in Tennessee can mean anything from license revocation to a year in jail, depending on how many times you have been arrested before. As you face the reality of a future with a criminal record from DUI or a drug offense, you should know that many believe treatment may be more beneficial for those in your situation rather than imprisonment.

3 reasons why you need an attorney

If you are facing criminal charges for a DUI in Knoxville, the last thing you should do is represent yourself. You may feel tempted to forgo hiring an attorney so you can save money. But the costs relating to the consequences you face are often more expensive. Being charged with a DUI means you may have to pay fines and restitutions costs or even serve jail time. You may also lose your driving privileges and have to deal with the long-lasting consequences that often come from having a DUI arrests and conviction. You should take some time to learn how a criminal defense attorney can help your case.

Man facing felony DUI charges following hit-and-run crash

Driving while impaired in Tennessee is a serious issue and may result in several negative consequences. When an accident results, the situation becomes even more complicated. A Franklin man faces felony DUI charges among others after a recent incident, according to police officials.

By police accounts, a hit-and-run accident occurred on Feb. 23 in Franklin. Apparently, a Nissan sedan hit a parked car. Witnesses report that the car was then seen at an apartment complex parking lot. When police arrived at the parking lot, they found the vehicle that had sustained heavy damage.

Expect greater enforcement of federal marijuana laws

The U.S. Department of Justice under Jeff Sessions will do more to enforce federal marijuana laws, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

How will this affect people in Tennessee? While possession of marijuana is not legal anywhere in Tennessee, visitors to federal parks and buildings may expect more aggressive enforcement of existing laws.

Vehicular homicide charges filed against Tennessee man

There are times when the careless or negligent acts on the part of one person result in the death of another. But what may have seemed to be reckless behavior is sometimes found be the result of unavoidable circumstances that led to the injurious incident. The recent deaths of two Tennessee men in a car wreck in Franklin are alleged to have been caused by the driver of the vehicle and have resulted in charges of vehicular homicide being filed against him.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the crash occurred at 4:45 a.m. on a road near the downtown area of Franklin. THP officials say that the driver was speeding when his car entered a ditch and hit a stand of trees after running off of the right side of the road. The passengers, 24-year-old and 26-year-old male residents of Franklin, were killed. The driver, a 31-year-old man also a resident of Franklin, was uninjured.

When is it illegal to carry a handgun?

Some people who own handguns make the mistake of carrying those weapons at times when it is illegal to do so under Tennessee or federal law. This mistake could result in a damaging criminal record.

Here are answers to commonly asked questions what is legal and what is illegal about carrying handguns in Tennessee.

Driver flees police, charged with drunk driving

Poor decision making is considered to be a significant negative side effect of alcohol consumption. Choosing to get behind the wheel of an automobile after drinking is a decision that can result in life-changing events for the driver and others who may be affected by that decision. Charges including drunk driving have been filed against a Tennessee man who police allege had been drinking and decided to flee arrest while being pulled over for what appeared to be an unrelated violation.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper claims that the 44-year-old man was driving without his headlights on in Greeneville on the evening of Feb. 8. Driving a Toyota SUV, the man allegedly ignored the trooper's warning lights and sirens and fled north on the Asheville Highway. The trooper claims that until running out of gas, the man drove recklessly and endangered other drivers. Allegations that the driver passed another vehicle on a double yellow line and swerved into oncoming traffic on more than one occasion have been made by the trooper. The official claims that the man said that he consumed two 25-ounce beers approximately one hour before the incident started.

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