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Spring and hot tempers can lead to a need for criminal defense

It seems like people are always in a hurry in Tennessee, and this can cause tempers to flare. This can be particularly true when spring comes and with it the sports activities, prom season and a myriad of other things to make already hectic lives worse. When tempers flare, people may act, out and this can end in a need for a criminal defense.

In a recent incident at a car wash in Nashville, a woman got involved in a skirmish with another patron. The woman had reportedly broken into someone else's vehicle, and the resulting skirmish ensued. The policeman who responded to the call placed the woman in the back of his patrol car.

Relationship squabble can end in the need for criminal defense

Dating can be a tricky business. A person meets someone, a connection is made, a date is scheduled and as the relationship develops, it is inevitable that a person's imperfections will appear. It is in the nature of being human that people are not perfect. What is not inevitable in Tennessee is how a person may choose to react to the other's imperfections. Some reactions may result in the need for a criminal defense.

A man was recently arrested and charged with domestic assault. Officers responded to a call for a domestic dispute. Upon arriving at the house the alleged assailant was no longer there, but the woman claimed they had been arguing about her partner's drug and alcohol problem when he allegedly began assaulting her. Reportedly, her boyfriend called her on the phone while the officers were there, and they described his speech as being slurred and that he sounded drunk.

Habitual drunk driving offender arrested for 17th time

Being arrested for a DUI in Tennessee can be a very unsettling experience. Being arrested for drunk driving when one has multiple such arrests may be terrifying and can result in the suspension of one's license and even more serious consequences. A recent accident involved a driver who had reportedly been arrested for 16 previous DUI infractions.

A woman who was said to be driving under the influence struck another vehicle in a recent accident. The driver of that vehicle suffered two broken bones in her face. The driver who hit her apparently has a history of 16 previous arrests for driving under the influence. Reportedly, her license was revoked in 1987.

Bill introduced in state senate to reduce DUIs

It is widely accepted that drinking and driving do not mix. Regardless of how well it is known and accepted, drunk driving accidents remain a problem that has not been solved. A Tennessee legislator is making an effort to reduce the number of DUI incidents in the state.

A bill, Senate Bill 683, is being considered in the state senate. The bill would require stiffer penalties for repeat DUI offenses. The current law for a repeat offense mandates a 45 day jail term unless a judge orders participation in a substance abuse program, which would reduce jail time to 25 days. The bill being considered would increase the minimum sentence for a repeat offense to 11 months and 29 days.

How can you know if you are eligible for alimony?

Finances are some of the most complex and contentious issues in a divorce. If you are facing the process of ending your marriage, you may have serious concerns about your financial future after the process is final. One of the issues you may be wondering about is whether you will be eligible for alimony.

Alimony is financial support from the higher-earning spouse to the lesser-earning spouse in a divorce. Some Tennessee couples are able to negotiate the terms of their financial order out of court and decide on a fair alimony order, but that is not always the case. If you think you could have a rightful claim to this type of financial support, you may benefit from learning more about alimony and what courts consider when deciding on this matter.

Fatal car accident can result in a need for criminal defense

A tragedy can happen in the blink of an eye. When a person is behind the wheel, that instant can have a horrendous impact on a person's life. When a momentary lapse in judgment, regardless of the cause, results in a fatal accident in Tennessee, a person may find him or herself in need of a criminal defense.

A fatal crash occurred on a recent Friday afternoon on Clinton Highway near Shepard Lane in Anderson County. A car driven by a 36-year-old man was travelling south on the highway when he allegedly crossed over the center line and crashed head-on into a northbound vehicle driven by a 64-year-old man from Harriman. The man from Harriman died as a result of his injuries.

Tennessee man charged with DUI

A man believed to be under the influence of drugs was arrested on the night of Jan. 8 following a traffic stop, according to local sources. The Tennessee Highway Patrol took the 33-year-old man into custody under suspicion of DUI. His passenger, a 27-year-old woman, was charged with drug possession. Both individuals were set to appear in court on Jan. 11. 

According to the report filed by patrol officers, they received word of an erratic driver on Midway Road in Greene County who was reportedly crossing the center line into oncoming traffic. Officers stopped the vehicle, and allegedly observed the man to be exhibiting signs of intoxication, including glassy eyes and what was described as a "lethargic demeanor." Officers went on to say the man refused to consent to a blood draw and failed several field sobriety tests, so he was taken to a detention center. 

How is alimony determined in Tennessee?

A divorce is a financially stressful time for most. You may have to move and pay court expenses. You also will no longer be splitting all your expenses with your soon-to-be ex. If you make significantly less money than your former spouse, this can be a devastating blow. You may be unsure whether you can afford to pay all your bills on your own.

In Tennessee, the spouse that earns much less money than the other partner may be eligible for alimony payments. Here is how alimony is determined and what kind of alimony payments you may qualify for.

Are you required do a field sobriety test?

You are on your way home after dinner with friends, after having consumed one or two drinks. You feel as though you are safe to drive home, so you do. On your way home, you see police lights flashing in your rear-view mirror.

If the police officer suspects that you are intoxicated and asks you to complete a field sobriety test, are you obligated to? Is it against the law to say no?

Driving under the influence has serious ramifications

If a driver sees another car swerving in and out of its lane it is common to suppose that the driver is either distracted or may possibly be drunk. It is never a good idea to drink and drive in Tennessee. However, there are other factors that may cause vehicles to swerve, such as temporary distractions or medical conditions.

A Nashville woman has been charged with vehicular assault. She has been accused of driving under the influence while her 6-year-old was a passenger in her car. The driver was on a local road when, according to police, her car swerved and struck a vehicle in the opposite lane.

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