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  • Who Gets Custody of Your Pet?

    A 2014 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers revealed that more than one of every four divorce attorneys reported an increase in the number of pet custody disputes in the past five years. This signals a significant shift that could result in a major change in family law somewhat soon. Pets are often considered to be beloved members of the family. They are best friends, faithful ...
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  • Can I Get a Restraining Order Removed?

    Orders of Protection, or “restraining orders” as they are more commonly known to the general public, are issued to protect abuse and harassment victims from further violence of damage. These orders can be issued relatively easily, particularly in instances of domestic violence or sexual assault, and become legally binding immediately upon their issue. Once one of these orders is issued, they can ...
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  • Five Ways to Sabotage Your DUI Defense

    If you are arrested for driving drunk, you will have a very limited amount of time to assemble your defense before your hearing in court. It is strongly advised that you retain an attorney to help you face your charges, and while one can dramatically improve your defense, there are a few things you can do that will sabotage your case, no matter what they do. On this blog, we examine five ways you ...
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  • Steps to Take When Preparing For Divorce

    Are you facing a divorce case? One of the most important keys to a smoother, less-stressful experience and a positive outcome is thorough preparation and readiness for what lies ahead. Here are nine steps you can take to get prepared for your divorce. 1. Retain an Attorney - Your choice of divorce attorney is extremely important, as you will be entrusting their legal ability with a large chunk of ...
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  • Avoid a DUI this Holiday Season!

    The holidays mean celebrations and festive traditions for many people, often involving alcohol. People consume this alcohol and then get behind the wheel of their car in order to head home, and unfortunately many of these people then cause dangerous accidents. In order to attempt to curtail these entirely-preventable crashes, law enforcement ramps up their preventative efforts and presence on the ...
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  • Donald Trump: Our Most Divorced President

    When Donald Trump becomes our 45 th President in January of next year, he will also become our country’s most-divorced President in history, and the only one in history to have been divorced multiple times. His current wife, Melania, is his third spouse. In fact, this is a dramatic shift from a trend that has seen Presidential marriages hold remarkably strong, even through multiple cases of ...
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  • Holiday Tips for Divorced Parents

    The holidays are stressful for many people, but potentially even more so for families who have recently completed a divorce. While parents may be struggling to figure out how they will spend these last couple months of the year on their own, children often times become stressed, not knowing what lies ahead for them at a time which used to be so full of fun and joy. For some parents, it’s easy to ...
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  • Five Crimes Common During the Holidays

    The holidays may be a time for good will and generosity, but criminals do not stop just for a celebration. In fact, the holidays often see a sharp rise in a few different types of crimes due to the nature of certain behaviors around this time. In this blog, we’ll examine a few of these crimes that occur commonly around the holidays. Shoplifting Between the economy still being sluggish and the ...
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  • Were You Arrested For DUI This Labor Day Weekend?

    Labor Day is traditionally one of the most deadly weekends of the year in terms of fatalities caused by drunk drivers. This means that every year law enforcement steps up their efforts to catch these intoxicated motorists before they can cause these potentially lethal collisions, meaning there is a massive influx of DUI arrests. If you were arrested and charged with DUI this weekend, it is ...
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  • Attorney David Clarke Defends Client in Vehicular Manslaughter Case

    Attorney David Clarke appeared in court this week to represent his client, Gareion Simmons in a probable cause hearing. Simmons is accused of a number of serious charges, including four counts of aggravated assault, criminal impersonation, and vehicular manslaughter. Coffee County authorities allege that Simmons stole a black Escalade and led the sheriff's department on a high-speed chase up I-24. ...
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  • Understanding Your Miranda Rights

    “You have the right to remain silent.” We’ve all seen a television show or movie where law enforcement finally catches up with the suspect and give him a series of warnings as they’re lowering his head into the back of a car for transport to jail, and this is usually the first thing said to the person as they’re being taken away. This extremely important phrase is the first in a series of rights ...
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  • Do I have to allow the police to search my home or my car?

    Generally no, unless the police have a signed search warrant. In most circumstances, you can refuse to consent to a search by the police without a search warrant. Even if the officer threatens to hold you until a search warrant is obtained, it is seldom a good idea to willingly consent to a search. However, there are circumstances in which the police may search your home or car without a warrant. ...
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  • What if a Tennessee police officer requests to interview me?

    If a police officer contacts you for an interview in regards to a criminal case, politely decline the request to speak to him or her and then immediately consult an attorney. A Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney may be able to respond to the law enforcement’s request on your behalf so that your liberty is not in jeopardy. Do not who assume that it is okay to give an interview because you are ...
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  • Felony vs. Misdemeanor: What is the difference?

    A distinct difference between felonies and misdemeanors is the length of time a criminal defendant will be held in custody after a conviction. Felonies are usually the most serious crimes in criminal law. A felony is any crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison or death. A misdemeanor, on the other hand, has a sentence that may not exceed 11 months and 29 days in length, and the ...
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  • Divorce and Social Media: Do not Wreck Your Case

    Divorce proceedings are not always amicable. In fact, many times either party can get frustrated by their soon-to-be-ex spouse’s actions. In some cases, individuals may direct feelings of anger toward their ex-spouse and post a quick vent on their social media page (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, etc.). In this day in age, though some may see this as a small, seemingly meaningless post on ...
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