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August 2015 Archives

What are juvenile delinquents?

You might hear people refer to teens who are acting up as juvenile delinquents, but the term actually has a place in the legal field. In the courtroom, a juvenile delinquent is someone who has committed an act that is in violation of the law. Sometimes, the act is only in violation of the law because the person is underage. Other times, the act would be considered criminal if the person was an adult.

Criminal convictions aren't the end of the story

For a number of convicted defendants in Tennessee, summer 2015 provided a reprieve. Four men who were previously convicted of crimes saw their cases overturned during a 35-day period this year. Legal analysts have reported that such an amount of overturns in a short time period is unusual, and even more unusual is why the overturns occurred.

The alphabet of criminal offenses in Tennessee

A major concern to anyone facing a criminal defense situation is the level of the charges being levied against them. The level of charge -- from minor misdemeanors to major felonies -- is one factor that determines what the sentence will be if a person is convicted. In Tennessee, offenses range from Class C misdemeanors to capital crimes; the severity of possible sentences ranges as well.

What are the penalties for drunk driving offenses in Tennessee?

The penalties for offenses related to drunk driving in Tennessee range from the suspension of drivers licenses to up to 30 years in jail, depending on the severity of the charges and the status of convictions. One of harshest sentences can be handed down in a case when someone is convicted of DUI with child endangerment, which occurs when someone is convicted of driving drunk with a child under 18 in the vehicle.

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