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Drug charges filed against man, woman after home search

People's lives and priorities can change drastically when they face criminal charges. If a person is accused of drug charges, his or her main thoughts may revolve around effectively defending against those accusations. Making this a priority is wise as a person's defense could have a substantial effect on the outcome of a case.

Two individuals in Tennessee are likely focusing strongly on their criminal defense options after recently being taken into custody. According to reports, authorities carried out a search warrant on a residence where a man, woman and two children lived. It was unclear what initially gave cause for the warrant, but nonetheless, authorities searched the home and purportedly discovered marijuana, Valium pills, methamphetamine, hydrocodone pills, digital scales and a loaded handgun.

Common types of fraud

Fraudulent activity is common and pervasive. In 2017, consumers in the U.S. lost a total of $905 million due to fraud. But what exactly is fraud? Fraud is a term that covers a wide variety of criminal offenses. The sheer scope of fraudulence is so huge that it can be difficult to understand what exactly these crimes entail. 

Fraud can be committed in overt and covert ways, both online and offline. Here are some of the most prevalent forms of fraud in America.

Exploring criminal defense tools useful when charged with murder

When a person is facing several serious criminal allegations, his or her case can be immensely complex. In particular, cases involving charges of murder can span for years and involve the presentations of alleged evidence and criminal defense arguments. Because of the serious nature of this type of case, it is important that an accused party understand his or her options for moving forward.

One man in Tennessee is undoubtedly gaining information about his defense options after recently being taken into custody in relation to the deaths of multiple individuals. According to reports, a 25-year-old man was arrested after authorities allegedly found eight bodies. One of the bodies had been decapitated and was found 10 days before the seven other bodies. This body was discovered after an investigation began into a fire at a residence and a missing person.

Driver prepping criminal defense after fatal hit-and-run accident

It is not unusual for individuals to panic when a serious accident takes place. Their fight-or-flight instincts may kick in, and as a result, they could leave the scene of an accident due to a sense of self-preservation. However, leaving the scene of a car accident, especially one that resulted in serious or fatal injuries, is a serious incident that could lead to charges and the need to focus on a criminal defense.

It was recently reported that one man in Tennessee was charged in relation to a fatal accident. According to reports, the man was driving a pickup truck when he allegedly struck a pedestrian who was running on the roadway. The driver reportedly did not remain at the scene of the accident but was apprehended by police officers subsequently.

Drunk driving charges follow crash with school bus

It is one of a parent's worst nightmares to hear that the bus his or her child was riding was involved in an accident. What may add to a parent's anger and stress is when he or she learns the accident was caused by someone driving under the influence or drugs or alcohol. The parents of a young student from Knoxville are likely experiencing such emotions when the bus their child was riding in was struck by an inebriated driver. Now, that driver is in police custody, facing charges for drunk driving.

The accident occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 16, and involved a Knox County school bus and a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup, a 53-year-old man from Knoxville, crossed the center line and collided head-on with the bus. The occupants of the bus, which included a student, the bus driver and a teaching assistant, each suffered injuries not deemed life-threatening and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The pickup driver also suffered a head injury, but he reportedly remained on the scene.

When may police officers search your vehicle?

For a variety of reasons, seeing flashing lights in your rearview mirror may make you feel incredibly anxious. After all, stops can be either a minor inconvenience or a major legal nightmare. If you have evidence of criminal activity, such as drugs or drug paraphernalia, in your vehicle, a search could land you in prison. 

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures. Generally, police officers must obtain a warrant before they search you or your property. That is not the case with your vehicle, though. Instead, provided they have probable cause to believe you have committed a crime, officers may search your vehicle without a warrant. 

Federal charges brought against health care facility in Tennessee

Facing any type of criminal charge can be a nerve-wracking experience. Though many steps need to take place before formal charges are filed, individuals facing federal charges need to take their situations as seriously as possible. It is important to remember that when facing any charges, individuals have their own interests to look out for.

It was recently reported that employees at a health services facility in Tennessee have been accused of committing fraud related to TennCare. Apparently, the facility is accused of filing fraudulent claims for Medicaid patients in efforts to receive payments stemming from a program that allows the facility to obtain a certain amount of money per Medicaid patient visit. Participating in the program meant that the facility would provide services to all individuals, even if they could not pay.

4 facing drug charges after search at motel

A person's life choices can take him or her down many paths. In some cases, certain decisions could lead to more difficult paths than others, including experiencing incidents that lead to criminal charges. In particular, some individuals may have drug charges brought against them and wind up with the obligation of addressing those charges in court.

It was recently reported that four individuals in Tennessee have had drug-related charges brought against them. Apparently, the individuals were at a motel when authorities were reportedly alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the motel parking lot. When deputies arrived at the location, they purportedly saw two men sitting in a parked vehicle. Officers discovered that one of the men had a warrant for his arrest, and both men were asked to exit the vehicle. A police K-9 allegedly indicated that drugs were in the vehicle as well as in the vehicle in the next parking spot.

Drunk driving charge results after truck crashes into restaurant

Because no one specifically anticipates facing criminal charges, it can be a complicated ordeal to handle. There are many details and steps involved with addressing charges for drunk driving, and any misstep could potentially derail a case. This means that it is important for accused parties to learn what they can about their predicaments in efforts to handle their cases as best as possible.

It was recently reported that one man was taken into custody in Tennessee after a car accident. Apparently, the man was driving a pickup truck when he left the roadway and crashed into a restaurant at approximately 7:15 a.m. Photographs from the scene show the truck completely inside the building. At the time of the incident, there was no one in the establishment. It was also noted that the accident did not result in any injuries.

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