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Oct 17, 2018

Undocumented Sponsors of Immigrant Children Are Being Arrested by ICE

By |Oct 17, 2018|Immigration|0 Comments|

The immigration concerns for undocumented immigrants are now extending to sponsors for undocumented children. According to Vice News, Matthew Albence, an official for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), stated recently that there is a new joint memo between ICE and the US Department of Health and Human Services. That memo is an agreement, […]

Oct 12, 2018

Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority

By |Oct 12, 2018|Education|0 Comments|

Schools in the state of Tennessee and elsewhere have rules and policies. When a student breaks said rules or policies, he or she faces consequences such as suspension and/or expulsion from school. There are procedures governing disciplinary actions imposed upon students, and part of those procedures is a Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority (SDHA), sometimes […]

Sep 28, 2018

What Happens at a Trial?

By |Sep 28, 2018|Legal Matters|0 Comments|

How long a trial lasts differs from trial to trial. However, all trials follow this process: Jury selection (if a jury is involved), opening statements, the plaintiff’s proof, direct examination, cross examination, the defendant’s proof, closing statements, jury instruction (if a jury is involved), and the jury’s verdict or the judge’s ruling.

Unless a trial […]

Sep 19, 2018

Common Defenses in Drug Possession Cases

By |Sep 19, 2018|Criminal Charges|0 Comments|

If you are charged with drug possession, the government has the burden of proving you were in possession of drugs beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant does not have to prove he/she was not in possession of the illegal drugs. Anyone charged with possession of illegal narcotics has the right to hold the government […]

Sep 6, 2018

Credible Fear vs. Reasonable Fear in Asylum Immigration Cases

By |Sep 6, 2018|Immigration|0 Comments|

According to the American Immigration Council, non-citizens who are either discovered by, or appear before, a U.S. official “at a port of entry or near the border can be deported quickly in an ‘expedited removal’ process.” The United States is required to comply with domestic and international laws which gives asylum seekers the right […]

Aug 30, 2018

Read Documents before You Sign Them

By |Aug 30, 2018|Legal Matters|0 Comments|

Oral agreements may work in some situations – often more informal situations – and may have worked in the past, but you should read written documents you receive from the other party before you sign them. You also should understand the agreement that you are entering before you sign written documents. Written documents always […]

Aug 16, 2018

The Right of Defendants to Confront Witnesses

By |Aug 16, 2018|Criminal Charges|0 Comments|

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides rights for those accused of a crime. These rights include the right of the accused “to be confronted with the witnesses against him…” This part of the Amendment is known at the “confrontation” clause. It generally means that someone accused of a crime can cross-examine any […]

Aug 8, 2018

Show Up for Court

By |Aug 8, 2018|Legal Matters|0 Comments|

In Tennessee, General Sessions Court is the small claims court.  General Sessions Courts hear civil cases and are usually the first court where a criminal defendant appears.  A civil case is a lawsuit about money, evictions, and the like.  A criminal case can lead to jail time or fines.  There is a General Sessions […]

Aug 6, 2018

Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

By |Aug 6, 2018|Sexual Harassment|0 Comments|

The terms “sex-based discrimination” and “sexual harassment” carry legal significance.

Sex discrimination occurs when one or more people are discriminated against on the basis of sex or gender. Examples of sex discrimination include men and women working under different conditions, earning unequal pay, and facing different hiring and promotion requirements.

Sexual harassment occurs when one or […]

Aug 1, 2018

Tennessee Crime Rates Increased in 2017

By |Aug 1, 2018|Criminal Charges|0 Comments|

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has had a crime reporting system in place for the last 15 years. The Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System, or TIBRS, allows law enforcement departments throughout the state to submit data, which can then be compiled more easily and quickly to give the departments better insights into crime rates. […]

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