Blog Posts in 2015

  • 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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  • Bail/Bond: What is it and how does it work?

    The terms bond and bail both mean the amount of money a court requires from the criminal defendant in order to release him/her from jail. These terms are often used interchangeably in most areas of Tennessee. Unless the defendant is charged with a capital crime, every Tennessee criminal defendant is allowed to have a bond/bail set in his/her specific case. Following are ways bonds can be posted: ...
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  • The Miranda warning and what happens if the police forget

    The Miranda warning (or Miranda rights) is a warning given by U.S. police to a criminal suspect in police custody or in custodial interrogation before the suspect is interrogated to preserve the admissibility of his or her statements against them in criminal proceedings. This requirement to advise a criminal suspect of his or her Miranda rights is necessitated after an individual has been arrest ...
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  • Bonnaroo Arrests in 2015?

    Every June thousands of individuals from around the country descend upon a farm in Manchester, Tennessee for the famous four-day music festival, Bonnaroo. And every year hundreds of arrests are made in connection to the festival-goers. A New Change for Bonnaroo 2015 Every year since Bonnaroo’s beginning in 2002, individuals arrested for Bonnaroo-related criminal offenses, in Coffee County, were ...
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  • Facing DUI Charges?

    Being convicted of DUI can ruin your life, multiple convictions even more so. Experienced DUI attorneys know that you have rights and will work hard to protect those rights. Murfreesboro DUI attorneys have experience in protecting their clients’ rights and driving privileges. They know that being cited for DUI does not automatically lead to a conviction. Murfreesboro DUI lawyers understand that ...
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  • What is an arraignment?

    An arraignment is a court hearing where a criminal defendant is advised of the charges being brought against him or her. During this proceeding, the criminal defendant is asked to enter an initial plea of either guilty, not guilty, or no contest. After the defendant’s plea is entered, the court will set a review and/or settlement date. A criminal defendant is normally required to attend the ...
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