Blog Posts in 2014

  • Can I decline to answer questions about an alleged crime?

    The United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to refuse to answer questions that might incriminate him or her in any legal proceeding. This protection falls under the Fifth Amendment, which is part of the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court has held that “The privilege serves to protect the innocent who otherwise might be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances.” (Ohio v. Reiner, 532 ...
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  • Do I need to hire a criminal defense attorney?

    In the unfortunate circumstances that you have been arrested or charged with a crime , it is wise to be represented by competent legal counsel. All criminal defendants have the right to legal counsel. Due to the complexities of the criminal justice system, negotiating a successful plea-bargain on your own behalf with the District Attorney or Assistant District Attorney is very difficult. It is ...
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  • Possible Assault Charges for Illegal Drug Use During Pregnancy

    New legislation regarding illegal drug use during pregnancy that Governor Bill Haslam signed into law in April will take effect on July 1. This legislation “provides that a woman may be prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if her child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug” SB1391/HB1295 The new law allows for new mothers to be criminally ...
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  • DUI Without Driving

    With the warm weather comes summer parties. For those who will be drinking, there are not many things that will put more of a damper on your summer fun than getting charged with a DUI . After a long summer night drinking at the bar with your friends, you realize you are too intoxicated to drive. Instead of calling a designated driver or cab, you decide to sleep it off in your car for a while. You ...
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