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Saying "Sorry" After an Accident Can Hurt Your Claim

Posted by David L. Clarke | Oct 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

Following an accident, any form of apology can be taken as an admission of fault by insurance adjusters investigating your claim. Although you might feel uncomfortable trying to avoid apologizing for an accident you were involved, doing so can have a significant impact on your claim for damages. ...

Is There a Good Time of Year to File For Divorce?

Posted by David L. Clarke | Sep 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Divorce is a huge decision that will fundamentally impact the very foundations of your life and your family. When you and your spouse decide to get a divorce, you should also carefully consider how to file and when to file. Believe it or not, immediately going out and starting the divorce process...

Tennessee Medical Marijuana Laws

Posted by David L. Clarke | Sep 08, 2017 | 0 Comments

Marijuana is a fairly controversial subject these days for a number of reasons, mostly having to do with the fact that different states treat it so differently. Whereas states like Colorado and California have completely legalized consumption and possession of this substance in a limited capacity...

What Are the Parental Rights of Unmarried Parents?

Posted by David L. Clarke | Jun 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

When the parents of a child are married, they are automatically granted parental rights. When the parents are unmarried though, they may struggle to gain their fair parental rights. Tennessee has a number of laws that apply to unmarried parents. Find out more about these laws, and how they affect...

Can I Drive After a DUI Conviction?

Posted by David L. Clarke | Jun 07, 2017 | 0 Comments

The state of Tennessee considers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to be a serious offense. If you are convicted, you will face heavy penalties, including the loss of your driving privileges. Depending on how many prior DUIconvictions you have had, you may lose your driver's license...

Five Tips for Helping Party Guests Avoid a DUI

Posted by David L. Clarke | May 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Everyone wants their party to be a hit, and over the years one of the best ways to make sure that happens is to offer plenty of adult beverages to guests. However, guests who attend your party may briefly lose sight of the fact that they have to drive and get home when the party's over. Guests wh...

Tips for Surviving a Child Custody Battle

Posted by David L. Clarke | May 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

We've all heard the horror stories of marriages crumbling and one spouse threatening to emotional harm or physical violence against children or other parties. Not all divorces go smoothly, and not everybody has the emotional control to be able to withstand the immense pressure and strain that can...

Who Carries the Burden of Proof in Expungement Cases?

Posted by David L. Clarke | Apr 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Have you ever heard the phrase “innocent until proven guilty?” The criminal justice system is centered around this concept, which is known as the “burden of proof.” Essentially what this means is that one side is going to have the onus to prove the defense is either innocent or guilty. Because an...

Reasons Why a Criminal Record Can Haunt You

Posted by David L. Clarke | Apr 05, 2017 | 0 Comments

Your public record is an extremely important part of your livelihood in many ways. Every time you have some sort of a public affair, such as changing your name, getting married, or even get a traffic ticket, it is notated in the public record. Your criminal history is also a part of this record, ...

Who Gets Custody of Your Pet?

Posted by David L. Clarke | Mar 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 s...

Can I Get a Restraining Order Removed?

Posted by David L. Clarke | Mar 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

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, ...

Five Ways to Sabotage Your DUI Defense

Posted by David L. Clarke | Jan 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 y...

Steps to Take When Preparing For Divorce

Posted by David L. Clarke | Jan 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 divor...

Avoid a DUI this Holiday Season!

Posted by David L. Clarke | Dec 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 thes...

Donald Trump: Our Most Divorced President

Posted by David L. Clarke | Nov 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Donald Trump becomes our 45th 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 t...

Holiday Tips for Divorced Parents

Posted by David L. Clarke | Nov 07, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 ...

Five Crimes Common During the Holidays

Posted by David L. Clarke | Nov 03, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 tha...

Were You Arrested For DUI This Labor Day Weekend?

Posted by David L. Clarke | Sep 06, 2016 | 0 Comments

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...

Understanding Your Miranda Rights

Posted by David L. Clarke | Jun 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

“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 ...

Felony vs. Misdemeanor: What is the difference?

Posted by David L. Clarke | Jul 08, 2015 | 0 Comments

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 misdeme...

Divorce and Social Media: Do not Wreck Your Case

Posted by David L. Clarke | Jun 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

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+, In...

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

Posted by David L. Clarke | Jun 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

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...

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