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 Attorneys Explain: Domestic Assault in TN

Domestic Assault Law in Tennessee: Who does it apply? Current or former spouses; Those who do or have lived together; Dating Relationships If you are related by blood or adoption or were formerly related by marriage; Applies to children of current, former spouses, or children borne of a dating relationship; What is Domestic Assault in Tennessee? It is an assault, against a person in one of the previous categories. A person commits assault who: -          Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another; -          Intentionally or knowingly … [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...]

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...]

NASHVILLE DUI ARRESTS INCREASE

Metro Nashville police recently released a statement indicating they have been provided additional funding through the Governor’s Highway Safety Office which has allowed them to use extra duty police officers to target individuals suspected of driving under the influence. The department reports that the extra duty police officers have arrested over 400 people this year charged with DUI in Nashville. The Metro Nashville DUI Unit has arrested 689 people charged with DUI. It is expected that the officers will continue targeting DUI arrests in high crime areas as well as areas known for DUI … [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 Attorneys Explain: Crackdown on Patronizing Prostitution

Recently, law enforcement around the city of Nashville has cracked down on prostitution related crimes, including patronizing prostitution. The street corner is becoming old school while websites like craislist.org and backpage.com have become a primary source of advertising prostitution related services. Tennessee is no different and law enforcement in the Nashville area has taken notice. ‘Sting’ operations have become the norm in an attempt to curb prostitution and patronizing prostitution in the Nashville area. Patronizing Prostitution in Tennessee is generally a Class B Misdemeanor, … [Read more...]

Nashville Criminal Attorneys Explain: What is Drug Paraphernalia?

Its a common question for criminal attorneys from clients facing a possession of drug paraphernalia charge how officers can determine what is and what isn’t drug paraphernalia. A pipe is often used as an example which could legitimately be used to smoke tobacco just as well as marijuana or crack cocaine. Tennessee law provides some degree of discretion to the courts when determining whether a device is drug paraphernalia or lawfully possessed. Tennessee law instructs the court as to the evidence which it should consider when determining the answer. The following is considered: 1. … [Read more...]

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