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July 2019 Archives

Different types of evidence can be used in drunk driving cases

A drunk driving charge may change the course of a Tennessee resident's life and cause a person to experience significant hardship if an arrest turns into a conviction. Our readers know that they have the right to defend themselves when they are facing serious criminal charges like drunk driving. Analyzing the evidence in this case can be an important part of defense strategy planning, as defendants consider the forms of evidence they may face from the prosecutors.

What questions should be asked when a parent relocates?

Generations ago it was not uncommon for some Tennessee residents to live within a few miles of where they were born. Families stayed close to each other and leaned on their loved ones in good times and in bad. While some individuals still call their childhood communities home, it is becoming more common for individuals to move, often more than once, for love, careers, and other reasons.

The importance of intent in a theft charge

A theft may occur when a person takes from another individual an item of theirs and does not intend to return it to them. In Tennessee, thefts happen with some regularity, but not every charge of theft is justified as not every taking of property meets the required elements of the charge. While this post will offer readers some general information on the intent requirement of a theft charge, readers are cautioned not to use this article as legal advice.

Sobriety checkpoints in place through Fourth of July

When a driver is stopped at a sobriety checkpoint they should expect that they will be assessed for intoxication. Any driver who is found to have alcohol in their system in violation of the law may be charged with a drunk driving crime and arrested. Readers should be aware that through the Fourth of July holiday week, some communities throughout the state are planning to use checkpoints to stop and catch allegedly drunk drivers.

Outside factors can affect reliability of field sobriety tests

You certainly did not anticipate your night ending with you getting pulled over by a police officer. What might have come as even more of a shock was the officer taking you into custody for driving under the influence of alcohol. You may have felt perfectly in control of your driving, but the officer may have believed that he or she had probable cause to arrest you.

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