Criminal Citations in Tennessee

How am I charged with a crime if I was not arrested? For misdemeanor criminal offenses in Tennessee, law enforcement may choose to issue a citation instead of making an arrest. So long as the person does not have any active warrants or prior failure to appear charges, the officer may choose to issue a citation and not make an arrest. For felony offenses, although rare, the State may use a criminal summons. Does not being arrested mean the charge is not that serious? Being charged with a criminal offense means you could potentially go to jail. It’s serious. Class A misdemeanors are … [Read more...]

TN Drug Possession Laws Bonnaroo 2013

Here are some pointers and FYI’s in hopes you can avoid a possession citation or arrest while you're at Bonnaroo. Drug crimes in Tennessee are complex and potential consequences if convicted can require looking at a number of factors, including the type of drug, whether any potential enhancements may apply (such as whether you were charged within a school zone) and the range of the offender if it is a felony charge. This is intended to be a summary of Tennessee's drug laws, however if you have either been arrested or received a citation for a drug offense, you should call a Tennessee … [Read more...]

Simple Possession Citations Received at Bonnaroo

            KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - BONNAROO DRUG CITATION AND ARREST STATS 424 drug citations issued on the Bonnaroo campgrounds alone during the four day festival Several thousand more drug citations issued to people traveling to Bonnaroo on Tennessee highways and interstates 44 people arrested for drugs on the Bonnaroo campgrounds - slightly more than in 2011 Hundreds more arrested traveling to Bonnaroo on drug related charges in Tennessee Save our number - Bonnaroo Lawyers  at 615 - 829 - 8259. Be careful, be smart, … [Read more...]

MNPD Media Release – Nashville DUI Checkpoint on Friday, August 17, 2012

Officers from the police department’s DUI Unit will be joined by troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol in staffing a sobriety checkpoint Friday night, August 17, into the early morning hours of Saturday, August 18, on West End Avenue east of I-440. So far this year, 22% of all fatal crashes in Nashville (9 of 41) have involved impaired drivers.  Blood alcohol test results are pending in more recent traffic fatality cases. … [Read more...]

NASHVILLE DUI CHARGES INCREASE OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Over the Memorial holiday weekend, Metro Nashville Police Department, the Tennessee highway patrol and other local law enforcement agencies intend on setting up checkpoints around frequently traveled areas each evening over the weekend. Examples of common DUI checkpoints in Nashville typically include checkpoints along West End Avenue, Hillsboro Road, and Broadway. This weekend has historically proven itself to be one of the deadliest weekends throughout the year, with more fatal car accidents than any other holiday. Nearly 50% of all traffic related fatalities involve alcohol as a … [Read more...]

What happens when I go to court in Tennessee?

For those who have been arrested or received criminal citations for the first time, going to court can be a scary thought. Simply not knowing what will happen or understanding how the courts work will cause you stress. What happens after I am arrested/receive a citation for a criminal offense in Tennessee? After receiving a citation or being arrested for a criminal offense, you will be booked. When booked, the arresting agency will gather information about you, including your birthdate, home address and will take you photographs and fingerprints. If you are arrested, the booking process … [Read more...]

Scientists and legal scholars study ‘moral luck’

What can the structure of the human brain teach us about criminal law? Psychologist Fiery Cushman asks us to consider the following. Hal and Peter drink together in a bar. After becoming intoxicated from consuming identical amounts of alcohol, they drive separate cars home. Each man loses control of their car on an icy road. Hal’s car runs into a tree. Peter’s car hits a little girl and kills her. Hal will face some driving-related sanctions. Peter, on the other hand, has committed a homicide and will probably serve some time in prison. Why should two accidental outcomes of identical … [Read more...]

Technology and its impact on the Fourth Amendment

By Timothy P. O'Neill Let's set the Wayback Machine to 1983. You are in a law school classroom and are discussing a brand new U.S. Supreme Court case, U.S. v. Knotts, 460 U.S. 276 (1983). The professor says, "This case holds that police use of a beeper to track a suspect's car to a drug lab is not a search under the Fourth Amendment. In order for police activity to constitute a search, it must intrude on the person's reasonable expectation of privacy. Here the car was always on public streets; theoretically, any person could have viewed the suspect's movements. Use of the beeper only aided … [Read more...]

Court takes on Fourth Amendment exclusionary rule

September 9, 2011 By  Timothy P. O'Neill Timothy P. O'Neill is a professor at The John Marshall Law School. He was a finalist for the 2010 "Peter Lisagor Award" for Exemplary Journalism in the area of Commentary. Let's talk about "The Biggest Loser." No, not the TV show. I want to talk about what Linda Greenhouse referred to as "The Biggest Loser" of the 2010 term of the U.S. Supreme Court: the Fourth Amendment. From a defense perspective, the result was scorched earth. For openers, the government won all three Fourth Amendment cases. Justice Samuel Alito wrote two of the majority … [Read more...]

Nashville Criminal Attorneys Explain: Reckless Driving in Tennessee

What is Reckless Driving in Tennessee? In Tennessee, you can be charged with reckless driving if you have driven a vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of other people, or property. In addition, anyone who drives a motorcycle with the front wheel off the ground and in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others can be charged and convicted of reckless driving. What is the Punishment for Reckless Driving in Tennessee? Reckless Driving in Tennessee is a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines not to exceed $500. How fast do I … [Read more...]

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