Marijuana vs. CBD Charges in Tennessee

Many states have approved the use of recreational and/or medical marijuana. While there are advocates for approving these marijuana uses in Tennessee, the State currently does not permit anyone to possess, manufacture, distribute, or sell marijuana for any reason. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is derived from the hemp plant; unlike marijuana, it does not cause a…

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Did Remote Learning Violate Students’ IEPs?

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an extreme toll on everyone. Some who have suffered the most are our children. Most students were forced to study remotely to avoid contact with anyone who might have the disease and to prevent the spread of the disease. Remote learning is not the same as in-person learning, and if…

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What Happens at the Arraignment and the Preliminary Hearing?

Criminal cases generally require that the defendant be arraigned after he/she is arrested. Defendants usually have the right to a preliminary hearing after they are arraigned. It is critical that defendants have legal counsel at both the arraignment and the preliminary hearing. Experienced defense lawyers can explain what happens at each court proceeding and explain…

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What Outcomes Are Possible Once Your Case Is Scheduled for Trial?

Trials are risky. The judge in your case can affect the outcome. Juries can be fickle. Sometimes, one or a few jurors can dominate other jurors and persuade other jurors to reach an unjust verdict. While defendants are presumed innocent in criminal cases, juries often find police officers the most credible witnesses. In effect, at…

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When to Consider a Plea Bargain

The ideal for every criminal defendant is to have the criminal charges dismissed before trial. While a jury may acquit you, jury trials carry serious risks. For starters, the jury pool in Tennessee is drawn from registered voters. Voters in this state typically are conservative and often believe a police officer over a person charged…

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Why You Should Request a Due Process Hearing for Your Child’s IEP

Parents of children with special needs or disabilities know that their children assistance to learn and reach their potential in the school setting.  Some school districts however do not or will not offer the services that these children need.  Federal and state law serves to protect these children but too often parents do not know…

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What Is the Chain of Custody of Evidence?

In criminal cases, when the government seizes any evidence, the government must show that it properly stored the evidence. Properly storing evidence means that there was no opportunity to tamper with the evidence. Chain of custody refers to the methods the prosecution uses to preserve the evidence. In particular, the chain of custody refers to…

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A School’s Duty to Prevent and Respond to Cyberbullying

In ordinary times, students face challenges in school. In addition to the academic pressures, students face academic and social pressures. They grow, mature, and interact with each other. While many of these development issues are constructive, other issues can be destructive. Students deal with peer pressure and want to fit in. The Internet and social…

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Grand Juries: How They Work

In American law, there are two types of juries: grand juries and petit juries. A petit jury decides guilt or innocence after a criminal trial (or the money damages in a civil trial). For some criminal matters, however, there is a grand jury. Generally, but not always, a person is arrested, is arraigned, has a…

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Contracts: The Reality

Quite often, after issues arise, individuals pointedly complain that the terms of a contract that they signed and entered are unfair and one-sided. After explaining how and why they trusted the business or individual who wrote the contract and asked or persuaded them to sign it, they believe that they should not be forced to…

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