Detention Hearings: My child was arrested and placed in custody in jail, is this legal? Unfortunately, yes. The police may be taken to the juvenile detention facility after committing a criminal offense but the circumstances under which they are placed in jail after an arrest is limited. Generally, the police will only place your child in the detention facility if they committed an offense that either: Resulted in a […]

Driving Under the Influence: How to Fight a DUI Charge in Tennessee

Have you been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Tennessee? DUIs are serious charges, so it’s natural to panic and feel overwhelmed right now. However, let us provide some reassurance: a DUI arrest does not mean you will be convicted. The State must prove the case against you. And they must prove their […]

3 Exceptions to Reasonable Suspicion for DUI Traffic Stops

Confused young man in the car stopped by policeman for a traffic stop

Last week’s blog discussed how an officer generally needs reasonable suspicion to conduct a traffic stop in a DUI case. Without reasonable suspicion that the motorist committed a traffic offense, a police officer usually does not have a legal justification for a traffic stop. However, there are a few exceptions to the reasonable suspicion requirement […]

Don’t Wait Until You Are Arrested To Call A Criminal Defense Attorney

When the police investigate a crime, they often begin collecting evidence long before they make an arrest. In fact, they might even question people they suspect participated in the crime, hoping to elicit damaging evidence that they can use later. As any experienced criminal defense attorney knows, a case is often won or lost before […]

What Are The Collateral Consequences Of A Drug Conviction In Tennessee?

We all know the basics. A drug conviction, whether for possession, distribution, or trafficking, can mean serious prison time. Offenders familiar with the system know a judge can also impose certain financial penalties, but do you know about the collateral consequences of a drug conviction? Are you prepared to lose your right to vote, hunt, or travel? […]

Can Plea Bargains Have Immigration Consequences?

A plea bargain can often reduce your charges, reduce your sentence, or result in probation instead of time in jail in exchange for a guilty plea. When you hear a favorable offer from a prosecutor, you may rush to enter your guilty plea to get your case over with. However, before you plead guilty to any offense, […]

The Basics Of A Self-Defense Claim In Tennessee

Most people know that they have the right to defend themselves from harm. However, the law does not allow you to justify violence by claiming self-defense in any given situation. It is important to understand the basics of self-defense under Tennessee law, both to prevent criminal charges and to defend against them. The following is a […]