Tennessee in Spotlight After School Shooting

On March 27, 2023, Nashville, Tennessee was the location of the latest school shooting tragedy. The shooter killed three 9-year-old children and three adults. The shooter had 2 assault-type rifles and a handgun. These were the three used of seven legally purchased firearms owned by the shooter. The Nashville Covenant School shooting is a stark […]

Do I Have To Let the Police Search My Car?

Drug Detection Dog Sniffing Car At Airport

Whether or not you have any illegal goods in your care, you may be offended and concerned over letting police search your car. But you have the right to deny their request to search your vehicle, unless the law enforcement official has a search warrant issued for probable cause that a crime has been committed. […]

Preventing Underage Drinking

drink and drive underage kids drinking alcohol and partying in car

Underage drinking has legal and social consequences that can upset families and mess up a young person’s life. It has been a generational challenge, because it can be very difficult to communicate the many dangers of alcohol abuse to young people. They lack a frame of reference for these dangers and can feel warnings are […]

Permitless Carry in Tennessee Concerns Police

The Gun Is Hidden Behind The Mans Back

A Tennessee law that went into effect on July 1, 2021, allows Tennessee residents to carry firearms without the need for a permit. Permitless carry in Tennessee has its proponents and its critics. Originally designed to limit carry to age 21 or older, now Tennesseans aged 18 to 20 will be allowed to carry concealed […]

Negotiating a Plea Deal

Lawyers Shake Hands With Clients Who Come To Testify In The Case

Just like the terms suggests, a plea bargain serves as a type of negotiation between the parties involved with the case, specifically between the prosecution team overseeing the case and the defense team representing the defendant. The Parties Involved Depending on the crime being charged against the defendant, the prosecution team will generally be seeking […]

What is Felony in Tennessee

Police Officer Putting Handcuffs On Criminal Outdoors, Closeup

As with most states, felony crimes in the state of Tennessee classifies legal wrongdoing as either a felony or a misdemeanor. A felony indicates that the crime is more serious and is treated that way by the law and court system. While certain exceptions can be made in sentencing based on whether the crime in […]

What Is Probable Cause

guy being investigated for crime committed

Generally speaking, probable cause means that a reasonable person would believe that a crime has taken place. Probable cause is a requirement found in the Fourth Amendment and must be met before police can make an arrest or conduct a search or receive a warrant.   For example, recently in the University of Idaho murder […]

Blood Test Versus Breath Test

Driver Due To Being Subject To Test For Alcohol

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a crime that has major ramifications if convicted. Police who suspect you of DUI may ask you to take a blood test or a breath test (breathalyzer) to see if they can get proof of their suspicion. Police may ask you to take a field sobriety test too although […]

Avoid the Chances of a DUI

It is important to avoid the chances of a DUI by making smart decisions. Because Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime in Tennessee, you want to have some strategies to safely enjoy your “partying.” Unfortunately, DUI situations can arise if you are not being careful about choices about drinking or other substance […]

Does DUI Mean Drugs, Too?

While driving under the influence, or DUI, generally gets used as a term to describe drunk driving, a DUI can apply whenever the driver of a vehicle appears to be under the influence of an unknown substance. Quick Definitions A DUI charge generally refers to legal substances (such as alcohol), illegal substances (cocaine, heroin, etc.), […]