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Blood Evidence Admissible by Implied Consent

Circumstances under which evidence from a warrantless blood draw of a person suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) have been the subject of much legal argument since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Missouri v. McNeely (2013), finding that exigent circumstances do not always justify warrantless blood draws in DUIcases. Tennessee law mandates a blood draw under

Evidence of a Prior Consistent Statement is Sometimes Admissible

In a criminal trial, testimonial evidence from witnesses is presented by the witness’ live testimony at trial, subject to cross-examination by the opposing party. Generally, a prior (out of court) statement of a witness consistent with the witness testimony is not admissible to bolster the credibility of the testimony. There are exceptions to this rule

DUI Charges Dismissed Due to Lost Video Evidence

The State has a duty to preserve evidence in its possession in a criminal case. When it fails to do so, consequences can range from simply a corrective jury instruction, to exclusion of some of the remaining evidence, or even dismissal of the criminal charges. In the recent case of State v. Merriman, M2011-01682-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App 2-17-2012), the Tennessee Court

Statement to Clergy Admissible Evidence in a Child Sex Abuse Case

Tennessee law recognizes a clergy-penitent privilege, which protects the legal confidentiality (so that it cannot be used as evidence at trial) of some statements made to members of the clergy when seeking spiritual advice or counsel. However, this privilege does not apply when dealing with incidents of child sexual abuse. Nor does any other communication privilege,

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Knoxville Criminal Defense Lawyer | DUI Law Firm | TN

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