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January 2015 Archives

Drunk driving charges filed after car accident in Murfreesboro

A Tennessee man is facing drunk driving charges after a single car accident in Murfreesboro. The driver suffered injuries in the accident and was taken for treatment at a local hospital. He was eventually released into the custody of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and was officially arrested for drunk driving. 

If arrested for BAC impairment, get the legal support you need

If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. A criminal conviction can have lifelong consequences, making it important to take the necessary steps to protect your future. A failed sobriety test can be frightening as you consider possible consequences, but every Tennessee individual who has been arrested based upon a BAC reading above the legal limit has the legal right to seek assistance from a criminal defense attorney. 

Court Clarifies Thirteenth Juror Review for Successor Judges

The 'thirteenth juror' role of a trial judge in Tennessee has garnered attention in the legal community in the aftermath of the 2011 resignation of a prominent Knoxville trial judge and the subsequent retrial of some high profile cases based upon interpretation of  thirteenth juror rule requirements. The rule in Tennessee simply requires that trial courts review the weight of the evidence in a criminal trial, as a juror would, and determine whether the court agrees with a guilty verdict. If the court does not agree, a new trial should be granted with a different trial judge (as a mistrial would be declared and new trial ordered if the jurors themselves could not agree). The rule is a safeguard to protect defendants in criminal cases against juror misconduct. But what happens when a successor judge must act as 'thirteenth juror' when he or she did not hear the trial? The Tennessee Court recently addressed the question in the case of State v. Justin Ellis, E2011-02017-SC-R11-CD (Tenn. 1-13-2015).

Court Clarifies Thirteenth Juror Review for Successor Judges

The 'thirteenth juror' role of a trial judge in Tennessee has garnered attention in the legal community in the aftermath of the 2011 resignation of a prominent Knoxville trial judge and the subsequent retrial of some high profile cases based upon interpretation of  thirteenth juror rule requirements. The rule in Tennessee simply requires that trial courts review the weight of the evidence in a criminal trial, as a juror would, and determine whether the court agrees with a guilty verdict. If the court does not agree, a new trial should be granted with a different trial judge (as a mistrial would be declared and new trial ordered if the jurors themselves could not agree). The rule is a safeguard to protect defendants in criminal cases against juror misconduct. But what happens when a successor judge must act as 'thirteenth juror' when he or she did not hear the trial? The Tennessee Court recently addressed the question in the case of State v. Justin Ellis, E2011-02017-SC-R11-CD (Tenn. 1-13-2015).

A failed sobriety test usually results in DUI arrest

Over any holiday weekend, it is likely many drivers are pulled over on suspicion of impaired driving. Tennessee officers reported charging several drivers over New year's weekend after they reportedly exhibited signs of intoxication, and three allegedly each had a failed sobriety test that was administered on the scene. All of the accused drivers are awaiting further court proceedings.

Tennessee man is facing a repeat DUI after recent traffic stop

It's easy to assume that an individual is guilty of a crime of which he or she was previously convicted. However, many people can turn their lives around after a conviction and even multiple convictions. Some people may get charged with a DUI after having a single drink, which they did not believe caused impairment. This may be the case for a Tennessee man who was recently pulled over and is now facing a repeat DUI charge. 

Tennessee man charged with 4th drunk driving offense and evading

While there may have been an increase in the number of drivers pulled over on suspicion of intoxicated driving over the recent holidays, the truth is that law enforcement officers pull drivers over for these alleged offenses any time of the year. What matters more is how a drunk driving charge can impact one's life. One Tennessee driver is now purportedly facing these charges for the fourth time.

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