Understanding Cannabis Laws in Tennessee

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Cannabis laws in Tennessee are far from simple. As one of the most widely debated and regulated substances in the country, understanding the intricacies of cannabis regulation in Tennessee requires careful navigation. While many states have taken more lenient stances on marijuana, Tennessee stands firm with some of the strictest laws in the nation. Whether […]

Possession of a Handgun Under the Influence in Tennessee: What You Need To Know

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Whether for personal protection or recreational use, carrying a handgun is a right protected by law. However, in Tennessee, this right is accompanied by strict regulations, especially when it comes to possession under the influence of substances. Being caught unaware can lead to serious legal ramifications, including fines, jail time, and long-term consequences on firearm […]

Five Steps to Take After Being Charged With a Felony in Tennessee

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If you’re reading this, it’s likely you or someone close to you has been charged with a felony in Tennessee. The penalties for a felony conviction can be severe, often including substantial fines, imprisonment, and a permanent record that can significantly impact your life. It’s important to understand that these potential outcomes are not just […]

What Does A Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?

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When you’re facing criminal charges, you shouldn’t go at it alone and represent yourself. You need an experienced defense attorney by your side. But what is a criminal defense lawyer? What role do they play in your defense, and how do they support you? Below, our attorneys explain what a criminal defense lawyer in TN […]

What’s the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

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Misdemeanor and felony are two fundamental classifications in the realm of criminal law. Their implications significantly affect the gravity of the offense and the subsequent penalties. Knowing the differences between the two can help you understand what you’re up against and inform your next steps. This blog post aims to shed light on these two […]

Understanding the “Community Caretaking” Exception after State v. McCormick

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Have you ever wondered what happens when law enforcement officers act in the interest of public safety, even when no laws are being broken? This is where the concept of “community caretaking” comes into play. It’s a legal principle that allows officers to act in situations where public safety might be at risk, even if […]

Tennessee Shoplifting Laws: Understanding Penalties and Defenses

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In Tennessee, shoplifting is considered a serious criminal offense. Whether it’s an unfortunate mistake, a misunderstanding, or an intentional act, being charged with shoplifting can be stressful, often leading to severe consequences if not properly addressed. In this blog, we’ll break down Tennessee’s shoplifting laws, penalties, possible defenses, and the role a criminal defense attorney […]

Facing Accusations of Domestic Assault In Tennessee

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Being accused of a crime that you didn’t commit can be a horrifying and disorienting experience. The stakes are significantly higher when these allegations involve domestic assault, a crime viewed with severe distaste in our society. In Tennessee, accusations of domestic assault can potentially result in heavy penalties, reputational damage, loss of gun rights, and […]

Miranda Rights: Why They’re Crucial For Criminal Defense

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When one hears the term “Miranda rights,” images from various crime dramas might spring to mind. The iconic lines, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law,” have found a home in our collective consciousness. But how many of us fully […]

What Happens After Arraignment in Tennessee Court?

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Navigating the criminal justice system is no simple task. One of the most frequently asked questions our legal team at Barnes & Fersten encounters is, “what happens with my case after the arraignment?” This question is understandable – the process can seem confusing and daunting for someone who has not gone through it before.  Our […]