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...]

Nashville Criminal Attorney Explains: New Search Warrant Law in Tennessee

Tennessee law previously required that the execution of search warrants by police officers follow a certain set of simple yet strict rules. If those rules were not followed precisely, it could result in the implementation of what is known to Nashville criminal defense attorneys as the exclusionary rule. The exclusionary rule provides that any evidence which is obtained in violation of an individual’s constitutional rights is subject to being suppressed entirely and not available to prosecutors for use at a criminal trial. A new law in Tennessee, which will go into effect July 1, 2011, will … [Read more...]

Nashville DUI Lawyers Explain the Constitutionality of DUI Checkpoints

Even to non-lawyers, DUI checkpoints appear to be a blatant violation of our 4th Amendment rights. It is a stop without probable cause, so why is it permitted? How is it not a violation of our constitutional rights? The reality is that it IS a violation of the 4th Amendment, but some violations are permitted under the appropriate circumstances. Here’s why… The facts surrounding the case that answered this question began in the mid 1980’s in Michigan. The State police set up a check-point. Citizens filed suit (Michigan v. Sitz) seeking an order precluding the state police from using DUI … [Read more...]

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