Tennessee Criminal Attorney: Did you know? – Sports Bribery

In Tennessee, it is a Class A misdemeanor for an athlete, referee, coach or other ‘sports participant’ to bribe or to accept a bribe in exchange for the participant to not give their best efforts in a sports contest. The Tennessee law of ‘Sports Bribery” applies to all levels of athletics and is punishable by up to 11 months, 29 days in jail. Although there are no reported cases of Sports Bribery being prosecuted in Tennessee, recently eight people were charged with sports bribery in California where they also operated a sports betting business. They plead not-guilty on August 13, 2011 and … [Read more...]

Recent Prostitution and Drug Stings in Nashville

The Nashville – Davidson County Metropolitan Police Department provided a press release recently indicating they have continued their focus on prostitution and drug sting operations in the Nashville area. The stings ranged from online prostitution related charges stemming from websites such as Craigslist and Backpage to drug sting ‘buy’ operations. All in all, over 100 individuals were charged within a one week period in select Nashville communities. Multiple vehicles and substantial quantities of cocaine, marijuana and pills were seized during the drug sting operations. If you have been … [Read more...]

Nashville DUI Attorneys Explain: Don’t want to do jail time for 1st DUI in TN?

Generally, a first offense DUI conviction requires a minimum of 48 hours jail, in addition to the fines, court costs and the loss of your driver’s license. For most law abiding citizens the thought of ANY jail time is a scary thought. There is an alternative to jail time for a DUI first in Tennessee. In Tennessee, first time DUI offenders in Nashville (or any other city which has a population great than 100,000) can perform 200 hours of community service work instead of 48 hours of jail. Count it – 5 full work weeks. That’s a lot of community service, however that option is available … [Read more...]

How a Tennessean Helped Shape the Casey Anthony Trial

A forensic scientist in East Tennessee provided the prosecutors in the Casey Anthony trial key evidence which gave some indication as to how Caylee Anthony died and assisted the prosecutors in attempting to establish pre-meditation, even if ultimately unsuccessful. Dr. Arpad Vass and a group of scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in East Tennessee were provided with air samples from the trunk of a car where prosecutors contended Casey stored Caylee’s body following her death. Dr. Vass analyzed the air samples using a technique intended to identify body vapors which are typical of … [Read more...]

Nashville Criminal Attorneys Explain Vehicular Homicide

The criminal offense of vehicular homicide often ends tragically for everyone involved, included the person allegedly responsible for the death. With a victim’s family often heavily interested in the prosecution, the pressure is on the prosecutor to provide a swift and harsh punishment. It is important that the person charged understand all available options, including fighting the criminal charge at trial. Our Nashville criminal attorneys offer free case consultations for all vehicular homicide cases. What is Vehicular Homicide in Tennessee? Vehicular homicide is the reckless killing of … [Read more...]

Nashville Criminal Attorneys Explain Extortion in Tennessee

What is extortion? The criminal offense of extortion is committed when a person uses coercion on another person with the intent to obtain property, services, any advantage or immunity OR to restrict unlawfully another’s freedom of action. Often this criminal offense is associated with organized crime. What defenses are available? There are two affirmative defenses specifically provided for the crime of extortion. Repayment for harm done and compensation for property or lawful services. Both situations are scenarios where the person who was allegedly coerced, actually owed the … [Read more...]

Nashville Criminal Lawyers Explain: Child Support Criminal Contempt

I am going to immediately digress from the blog topic to address a related common myth. I’m not sure the origination of the myth, but I’ve been asked this question many times recently: Did Obama push legislature through which prohibits incarceration for failing to pay child support? No,  no such law exists. Obama did discuss providing more funding for child support enforcement under the shaky at best theory that for every one dollar spent on child support enforcement, $4 was paid. (Entirely ignoring the fact that in probably 80% of those cases, no enforcement was necessary.) I’ve read and … [Read more...]

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