Category: Criminal Defense
New criminal laws for Tennessee in 2021
Every year, new laws are considered. Sometimes, they are agreed upon and go into effect. In 2021, there have been several key pieces of legislation that were made into law. Some of these affect the court system, which you should know about if you are ever arguing against a criminal charge. New Tennessee laws in 2021
New laws targeting school violence
As schools in Tennessee and throughout the nation are continuing to resume operations after nearly a year of distance learning, students are returning to educational institutions in droves. Administrators are promoting environments where students can feel safe in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. Other protections against other potential threats in schools statewide have become
What turns simple assault charges into aggravated ones?
Tennessee, like most states, makes it a crime for one person to touch or strike someone else to cause them harm. Physical contact intended to harm and to offend typically falls under the umbrella of assault. Assault statutes are even broader than prohibitions on physical violence. In Tennessee, someone can also face charges for threatening words or
What is reckless driving?
Most of the time, when a police officer pulls you over, they issue you a traffic ticket. That ticket is a civil infraction that affects your licensing and can carry a fine but doesn’t create a criminal record. However, reckless driving allegations are different. Unlike most other driving offenses, reckless driving is a criminal charge,
3 situations where to police can arrest someone for domestic violence
Domestic violence is different from other kinds of violent offenses. It involves the state intervening in personal relationships between intimate partners, parents and their children, or other people who cohabitate or have close relationships. Domestic violence charges can cause someone years of hardship, ranging from difficulty with custody issues if they get divorced to the
Assault convictions have long-term consequences
Being convicted of a crime does not only lead to potentially hefty fines and jail time. It can also have huge consequences on how you are able to live your life in years to come. If you regret the way you have acted in the past but hope to turn your life around and make
Should you plead guilty to stay out of jail?
You get arrested on felony allegations. If convicted, you’ll spend a year in jail. However, they offer you a deal. If you plead guilty, you can spend your year on probation, living at home, and you won’t have to serve your time behind bars. The alternative is to fight the charges. If you get convicted
Juvenile cases are serious and may have lasting repercussions
Juveniles, usually anyone under the age of 18, can get into deep trouble with the law just as adults can. Realistically, it’s understandable that younger people may make mistakes, and the penalties are usually adjusted accordingly. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t harsh or that they won’t have a lasting impact on your child. Take,
Understanding the juvenile justice system
If your child is under the age of 18 and they have been accused of committing a serious crime, you’ll understandably be very worried about their future. Not only will you be shocked about the acts that they are accused of committing, but you’ll also want to help them avoid jail and a criminal record.
Why does your right to remain silent matter after an arrest?
When the police decide to question someone who is already in their custody, they will typically recite the Miranda Warning to advise that individual of their civil rights during police questioning. The first and often ignored protection is the right to remain silent. No matter how long officers keep you in questioning, no matter how