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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.

What consequences will your child face for drug possession?

Possession of a drug is on the lower end of the severity scale regarding drug charges in Tennessee, coming in behind drug selling, trafficking and manufacturing. However, this does not mean that there are not consequences for the act, especially if your child is a minor.

The law and penalties are different for adults and minors of the same crime, so it is important to know what your child could be facing. If your child is facing drug possession charges, it can be scary for both you and your child. No matter how frightening, it can be beneficial to know the possible consequences beforehand.

Website may be a front for sex crimes

The internet has given rise to many beneficial websites over the years. Unfortunately, there are some that are not necessarily beneficial. One of those sites is reportedly being used as a front for sex crimes in Tennessee.

The Clarksville Police Department is attempting to stem the rise in sex crimes that they believe the site is contributing to. They have launched a project that involves officers going undercover in an attempt to identify and prosecute offenders using it. The site operates by providing a phone number that a person can call to arrange a meeting place. Upon arriving at the designated spot, the prospective customer is met by an undercover officer. The locations include many area hotels and motels.

Criminal defense can help if suspected of drug offense

Drug crimes continue to be an issue in Tennessee and around the rest of the country. A recent incident in Robertson County involved the search for a suspect wanted for questioning in a drug distribution case. The incident started with a traffic stop that then caused the road to be closed for several hours. The suspect may be considering his criminal defense options.

The situation began when police identified a person they considered a person of interest in a drug distribution ring. The suspect's vehicle was identified by officers and pulled over. While the vehicle was stopped, the suspect apparently fled on foot into the nearby woods. A manhunt ensued that closed down Interstate 74 near mile marker 17 for several hours. The individual was not apprehended.

DUI can have long-lasting ramifications

Drinking and driving is never a good idea. While DUI is a violation of the law in Tennessee, it also poses a significant danger to the driver and others nearby. The holiday season is here and while that is no excuse, it does mean that there may be more drivers arrested for driving under the influence.

A recent arrest occurred when Greenville police arrested a man driving a pickup truck on Old Stage Road. The police reported smelling alcohol as they approached the vehicle following a traffic stop. The driver allegedly had difficulty locating his wallet to produce his license and registration. The officers asked the driver if he knew where he was, and he reportedly claimed that he was at home. The officers say they asked the driver to perform a field sobriety test and then say that they subsequently stopped the test for the person's own safety.

Criminal defense on tap re alleged pizza theft

Being an adolescent is never easy. Young people are subject to intense pressure by their peers to fit in and as a result may engage in behavior and activities that can result in them getting into trouble with the law and having a need for criminal defense in Tennessee. Behavioral and legal issues can stay  with a person forever and may limit one's choices in adulthood.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested and charged with robbing a pizza delivery driver. According to the police report, the driver said he was preparing to make deliveries when a when a blue sedan pulled behind him. The 15-year-old allegedly got out of the sedan, pulled a gun and told the driver to give him everything. The pizza delivery man turned over the pizzas, his cell phone and some money. At that point the boy allegedly got into the sedan driven by a supposed accomplice who drove away.

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