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Pleasant afternoon can result in charges of DUI

Sunday afternoons in the summer invite one to venture outdoors, enjoy the pleasant weather, spend time with friends and perhaps have a few drinks. A woman possibly returning home from one such afternoon in Tennessee may have been unaware of how alcohol she had consumed impaired her ability to drive. An accident resulted in the woman being charged with DUI.

The accident occurred on I-26 eastbound when a driver failed to negotiate a curve. The driver lost control of the car as she attempted to navigate the curve. The car ended up on the side of the road where it came to a stop against a cable barrier. Debris from the collision flew up and hit another vehicle that was traveling west.

Is taking a breath test mandatory when suspected of DUI?

When an officer pulls you over for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol, it can be stressful and somewhat frightening. In that moment, you may not know what your options are. Do you have to comply with an officer's demands? Do you have to submit to a breath test? The answers to these questions may surprise you.

Complying with an officer's demands during a traffic stop is something that seems non-negotiable. It is true, to a point. You do still have rights, though. For instance, you do have the right to refuse sobriety testing, in any of its forms. Just know that there may be consequences for doing so.

Summer fun can lead to a tragic DUI

Summer is the season for enjoying time with friends, laying back and occasionally drinking a little bit too much. Getting behind the wheel of a car if one has had a few drinks can lead to a DUI or worse. A person may not be aware of how alcohol can affect one's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and tragic accidents can be the result. Such accidents can have a serious impact on one's future in Tennessee.

A recent accident left three teenagers in serious condition when the car they were riding in collided with another vehicle. It was very early on a weekday morning and the car the teens were riding in turned left into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The oncoming vehicle struck the car on the right side in the middle, resulting in a T-bone collision.

DUI charges and the death of a friend equals a nightmare scenario

 A young person who is charged with drunk driving can feel like his or her life is coming to an end. When the accident that led to the charge involves the death of another person, one's life can quickly become a nightmare. A young man from Tennessee was involved in such an accident when he was 18. The young woman who was killed was a passenger in his car. The man who had been driving was recently sentenced in a case that included charges of DUI.

The accident happened in May of 2018 when the driver and three friends were in a car driving near Tyler. According to the investigation, the man who was driving attempted to make a turn and lost control of his car. The car became airborne and crashed into a tree. The driver and two of the passengers were transported to an area hospital. The other passenger, a 17-year-old female, was pronounced dead at the scene.

New sex crimes law in Tennessee may go too far

Being arrested and charged with a sex crime is a serious offense that can leave a person feeling frightened and overwhelmed. A new Tennessee law may serve to add to those feelings of malaise. A law that went into effect on July 1 states that a person convicted of juvenile sex crimes is barred from living with his or her own minor children.

A father in Tennessee had to tell his 7-year-old daughter that he had to move out. He had been accused of inappropriate touching by his stepdaughter seven years ago. Though he denied it and said it stemmed from a disciplinary action imposed by him and his wife, his attorney recommended that he accept a plea deal. The prosecution was asking for a sentence of 18 years. He accepted the plea deal and got probation and has had no issues with the law in the past seven years.

Have police accused you of fentanyl-related crimes?

In recent years, it seems as if fentanyl has been gaining more popularity among news stories. Still, many people may not fully understand what fentanyl is or why it is cause for such concern, especially when related to drug crimes. If authorities accuse you of illegally possessing or selling this substance, you may find yourself more than interested in all the commotion.

Fentanyl itself is a synthetic opioid intended for pain relief. It has similar properties to morphine, but fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, which also makes it more dangerous when in the wrong hands. As a result, authorities in Tennessee and across the country have been trying to crack down on illegal use of the substance. Unfortunately for you, that could mean having criminal charges brought against you.

Child custody works best where positive communication exists

Divorce can be painful and all the more so when children are involved. Parents will typically want to act in the best interest of the children where child custody is concerned and this often takes the form of a joint custody agreement in Tennessee. Joint custody usually involves shared physical custody where a child spends part of the time with each parent.

Joint custody usually involves a child spending time in the home of each parent. This can involve different approaches depending on the age of the child, the number of activities, the parent's proximity to each other and the child's school as well as other issues. A child may alternate days at each parent's house or alternate weeks. Studies have shown that even young children can derive benefit from switching back and forth and this includes children as young as toddlers.

Job loss can heavily impact divorce

Making the decision to divorce in Tennessee can take an emotional toll on a person and be the beginning of a difficult period in one's life. If a job loss is added to that upheaval, it can make an already complicated, and possibly contentious, divorce process seem that much worse. What are some steps that can be taken to lessen the impact?

Some questions that might arise include wondering how the court will react to the news, how it will impact negotiations and what action one should take. Much of this depends on the circumstances of the job loss. If the loss was a result of a downsizing or reorganization, one cannot be held to blame for the loss. However, if the loss was a result of one's own behavior or actions, the court may not look favorably on the situation.

Being accused of DUI can impact one's professional life

It is commonly known that drinking and driving don't mix. Nevertheless, Tennessee courts are full of drivers facing DUI charges. Many people may not realize how a certain amount of alcohol can impair their judgment. A case involving an area school administrator may be a case in point.

A woman who is a school administrator in Stewart County was recently charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. She was also charged with failure to exercise due care while driving a vehicle. The incident occurred on a recent Tuesday afternoon.

Being charged with sex crimes can be overwhelming

Child sexual abuse has been prominent in the news recently. The Catholic church and the Boy Scouts have both been impacted by sex abuse incidents. A bill that recently passed in the Tennessee legislature seeks to make changes to how some sexual abuse cases can be prosecuted. One of the major proposed changes concerns the statute of limitations around sex.

The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time that can pass between an incident occurring and the incident and charges being filed. The proposed legislation would increase the length of time allowed under the statute of limitations in almost all incidents of sexual abuse. This is particularly true where a juvenile is the perceived victim.

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