Jun 5, 2019

The Charges in the Celebrity College Admissions Cheating Scandal

By |Jun 5, 2019|Criminal Charges|

Many people believe that attending the right college is the most important decision for a child’s future. But parents can step over legal lines. The recent indictments of actresses Laurie Loughlin and Felicity Huffman prove this point. Huffman, who has starred in shows such as Desperate Housewives and Sports Night, has pled guilty to […]

Apr 10, 2019

Tennessee May Restore Voting Rights to Convicted Felons

By |Apr 10, 2019|Criminal Charges|

Tennessee lawmakers are exploring legislation that would change the state’s current child support felony rule. Currently, the state requires that felons must be current with their child support payments before their voting rights can be restored. Current law also requires that felons pay all court fines and court-ordered restitution before they can be given […]

Mar 13, 2019

Post-Conviction Remedies in Tennessee

By |Mar 13, 2019|Criminal Charges|

While being found guilty is devastating, there may still be ways to overturn the decision or reduce the sentence. There are different remedies that can be asserted depending on the facts of the case, the legal arguments that were made, and other factors. Here are the general rules.

After being found guilty, there is usually […]

Feb 14, 2019

Project Safe Nashville and Gun Crime

By |Feb 14, 2019|Criminal Charges|

Recently, Donald Q. Cochran, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, announced a new plan with Nashville Mayor David Briley to fight gun crime. The plan or initiative, according to Cochran, “is a proactive, forensics-based, data-driven strategy to reduce violent crime by focusing on the rapid collection, analysis, and investigation of […]

Nov 21, 2018

Defenses to RICO Charges

By |Nov 21, 2018|Criminal Charges|

“RICO” is an abbreviation for the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The original purpose of the law, enacted in 1970, was to prosecute the Mafia, a then highly organized Italian-American criminal society. Prosecutors however have broadly used RICO to prosecute organized crime at its roots, with the goal of shutting down entire criminal […]

Oct 31, 2018

How Do Jury Challenges Work in Tennessee Criminal Cases?

By |Oct 31, 2018|Criminal Charges|

Jury selection is one of the most important parts of any criminal case. Criminal defense lawyers fight to include jurors who will not automatically assume the police officer is credible and that the State or government witnesses must be telling the truth. The Judge instructs the jury that any reasonable doubt means they must […]

Sep 19, 2018

Common Defenses in Drug Possession Cases

By |Sep 19, 2018|Criminal Charges|

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 […]

Aug 16, 2018

The Right of Defendants to Confront Witnesses

By |Aug 16, 2018|Criminal Charges|

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 1, 2018

Tennessee Crime Rates Increased in 2017

By |Aug 1, 2018|Criminal Charges|

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. […]

Mar 28, 2018

Tennessee’s DUI Statistics

By |Mar 28, 2018|DUI|

DUI statistics are always grim. 2017 was no different.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol announcement, the THP put extra time, officers and money into ensuring that this holiday travel is safe.

One of the goals for the year was to cut down on drunk driving. Between January 1 and December 24, 2017, THP officials arrested […]

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