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If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Tennessee, you may be wondering what punishments you may be facing if you are found guilty of this crime...

In Tennessee, the punishment for a repeat conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) or a felony DUI is harsh and getting harsher. If charged, individuals face...

Who Can Claim Property Based on Adverse Possession in Tennessee? As a resident of Tennessee, you may be wondering whether someone can take over your land through adverse possession, or you may want to know if you are able to claim certain property through adverse possession. The laws in Tennessee allow for someone to take…

What is The Difference Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce? There are two main categories Tennessee divorces fall into. These categories are contested and uncontested divorces. The main difference between the two is that parties can obtain an uncontested divorce if they agree on all major issues that need to be resolved. If there are disagreements,…

Is My Spouse Hiding Assets? If you are considering getting a divorce or have begun the early stages of filing for divorce, one thing that may be on your mind is how it will impact your finances. If you have reason to distrust your spouse, you may be wondering if they are hiding assets from…

New Year Brings More Divorces During “Divorce Month” Experts have dubbed January as “Divorce month” due to the uptick in divorce filings during the month. As spouses begin a new year and are hopeful about the future, their marriage may be a reminder of an unhappy situation from which they want to escape. Spouses may…

Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce in Tennessee At Dotson & Taylor, Attorneys at Law, our Tennessee divorce lawyers are asked several common questions about the divorce process. There are many misconceptions about divorce in Tennessee. Some of the most frequently asked questions we receive, and answers are outlined below. If you still have questions about…

Divorce vs. Legal Separation in Tennessee Many spouses who do not believe that their marital relationship can be restored choose to divorce or legally separate. The process involved in either legal action parallels each other. Our skilled Murfreesboro divorce lawyers explain the differences between these two legal actions. Differences in divorce and legal separation There…

Modification of Orders In family law cases, the court often retains jurisdiction of the case for many years to come. This means either party may be able to request a change in a family law order. This can be helpful when major life changes occur, making the previous order unrealistic, ineffective or questionable. Our experienced…

Contested vs. Uncontested Family Law Cases Typically, in a family law case, the case proceeds in one of two ways: contested or uncontested. Uncontested means that the parties agree on a course of action and are simply asking the court to make their agreement official. In contested cases, the parties do not agree and ask…

What Happens If You Decline a Breathalyzer or a Blood Test in Tennessee? If you are pulled over and asked to take a breathalyzer or blood test to check for potential impairment, you can face serious consequences if you decline this test. It is important to understand Tennessee’s implied consent law, the potential consequences for…

What is Joint Custody? In Tennessee, lawmakers understand the important role that both parents play in the lives of their children. As such, Tennessee family courts favor child custody arrangements in which parents share the responsibilities for caring for a child. These arrangements allow children to maintain stability even after divorce or separation and to…

Do Step-Parents Have Rights in a Divorce in Tennessee? Many step-parents play a primary role in the upbringing of children. When they make the difficult decision to get divorced, they may worry about how their meaningful relationship with their stepchildren may be affected and what rights they have to continue this relationship. It is important…

Interlock Device Saves Lives New research indicates that mandatory interlock device requirements for all offenders have helped save numerous lives in recent years. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, alcohol interlock devices reduce the number of impaired drivers in fatal accidents by 16 percent. If all states are required to adopt the requirement…

Can You be Arrested for Overdosing on Drugs in Tennessee? As the opioid epidemic continues to sweep the nation, lawmakers are becoming more conscious of the risks of drugs and criminalizing drug activity. While it is possible to face drug charges after overdosing in Tennessee, there is a Good Samaritan law that may provide some…

Can a Teenager be Arrested for Texting Nude Photos? Teens often communicate with each other via cell phones. Technology has advanced to the point where teens can send private text, picture and video messages via various social media platforms right from their cellular phone. Apps exist to immediately delete messages and hide the source of…

Can an Improper Miranda Warning Lead to a Reversal of a Criminal Conviction in Tennessee? In certain situations, a person must be read their Miranda rights, which are important rights for a person to understand in a criminal case. Having a basic understanding of these rights can help you avoid making critical mistakes that could…

What a Business Owner Needs to Know Before Filing for Divorce For business owners, one of the most important things to protect during a divorce is the business. Divorce cases can become more complicated when a business interest is involved. The business may be considered marital property and subject to division under Tennessee divorce laws.…

What Types of Assets Can a Spouse Hide in a Divorce? Divorces often turn ugly. Spouses may feel bitter and want to keep as much property to themselves as possible, or they may want to protect their assets from a soon-to-be ex whom they believe is unworthy. It is not uncommon for there to be…

Can I Sue a Drunk Driver Who Hit Me? Tennessee victims who are hit by a drunk driver may be confused about how they can receive compensation for the damages that they have suffered. There is nothing under Tennessee law to prevent a victim from being able to pursue a drunk driver for causing his…

Signs of a Concussion after a Car Accident A concussion is a traumatic brain injury, commonly caused after a blow to the head. It affects your brain function. Some concussions lead to a temporary loss of consciousness, but many do not. You may have a concussion and not even know it. If you suspect that…

New Tax Law Change May Make Divorce Negotiations More Heated Individuals going through divorce who have significantly different incomes have relied on the alimony structure for years to help bridge this gap. However, a new federal law may impact whether divorcing spouses rely on spousal support to better balance their economic situations or whether they…

Don’t Post About Your Accident Injury on Social Media Today, most people have some type of social media presence. For many, social media provides a way to discuss life events and seek out connections during difficult times. You may be tempted to share your experience after a serious accident that has affected your life. However,…

HB0039 DUI Offenses Tennessee law enforcement officers are required to follow very specific rules before they can arrest someone for suspicion of drunk driving. Additionally, new rules require them to go through a special process when seeking a blood test from a suspect. If these laws are not properly followed, evidence may be suppressed at…

Is Property Division in Tennessee Divorce a 50-50 Split? States are either community property states or equitable distribution states. Community property states consider all assets or income acquired during the marriage as owned 50/50 by the spouses. Equitable distribution states divide the property between the spouses equitably, but not necessarily equally. Tennessee is an equitable…

Can You Get Arrested if You Have a Drug Overdose? Data from the Tennessee Department of Health shows that 1,631 people in Tennessee died from drug overdoses in 2016, an increase of 12 percent from 2015 to 2016. This number also represented the highest number of fatalities attributed to this cause in the state’s history.…

How Can I Get a Bond Reduction? If you have been charged with a crime in Tennessee, the court may set a bond amount that you must pay before you will be released from jail. In some instances, this bail amount may be too high based on the crime that you are charged with or…

How Does Domestic Violence Affect Custody Determinations in Tennessee? Tennessee family law courts take domestic violence seriously and understand how it can impact the entire family. Domestic violence is one of several factors that a Tennessee family law court can consider when awarding child custody. The legal standard Tennessee family courts use is the best…

7 Common Divorce Mistakes to Avoid Making the decision to get divorced is always difficult. Some people rush into this process while others slowly come to terms with the demise of their marriage. People may make critical mistakes during the divorce process that may impact them for years to come. Here are seven of the…

Spouses Turn to Digital Spying Gear When Suspicious Typically, when a spouse thought the other spouse was cheating, hiding assets or lying about some other fundamental aspect of the marriage, he or she traditionally turned to a private investigator. However, with an increase in spy gadgets and other technology, many individuals are taking control of…

How Does a Divorce Later in Life Affect Retirement? Perhaps you are on track with your long-term savings plan and now face the prospect of divorce. How will this affect your finances? What does this mean for your retirement savings plan? How divorce impacts your financial situation depends upon many individual factors. However, dissolving a…

What Happens If You Refuse to Take a Blood Test in Tennessee? If you are pulled over under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), you may panic and wonder what to do. Do you have to take a blood test? What happens if you don’t? Knowing your rights and understanding the penalties associated with…

Does It Take Long for an Uncontested Divorce? Perhaps you and your spouse cannot agree on anything except agreeing to file for divorce. If the two of you can have a meeting of the minds regarding the terms of your divorce, you may avoid resolving your differences in court. This is called an uncontested divorce…

What to do After You Get Arrested Being arrested can be a traumatizing event. You may not understand what is happening and may not be thinking clearly. It may also be hard to remember your rights during this process. Read below for some need-to-know information if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation of…

Planning for Divorce Going through the process of divorce can be difficult, especially if the divorce process begins immediately. However, by planning for divorce, you can anticipate needs and possible challenges so that you can better prepare for them. Some factors to consider during this process include: Residence Think about where you plan to live…

College Students: How Expungements Affect Your Future There is an expression, “what happens in college stays in college”, simply meaning that any transgressions remain in the realm of the college experience and go no further. Unfortunately, mistakes that result in a criminal record can far outlast your college years. A criminal record can impede your…

Classification of Marijuana and Hashish in Tennessee Facing a drug charge in the state of Tennessee can be a frightening experience. Tennessee has stiff penalties for drug crimes and it is best to understand how various drugs are classified, the associated charges, and the penalties for each. Tennessee drug classifications Tennessee classifies drugs into seven…

College Underage Drinking and Disorderly Conduct College students should know that the state of Tennessee has harsh penalties for those individuals under the age of 21 who are found driving under the influence (DUI), in possession of alcohol, or with false identification. Tennessee also enforces public safety laws that make it illegal to disturb the…

Why Do People Fail Field Sobriety Tests? Field sobriety tests have become the gold standard for law enforcement officers in determining whether an individual is impaired. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has concluded these field sobriety tests are indeed reliable indicators of alcohol impairment. Then why, in some cases, does the…

Common Misconceptions about Divorce Just as all marriages are unique, so are all divorces. Some divorces are fairly straightforward and without incident; others are more complicated and stressful. Several common misconceptions about divorce exist; our experienced divorce attorneys tackle them one-by-one, in an effort to help you more fully understand the issues related to divorce.…

Tennessee Hearing Protection Act of 2017 If you are a resident of the Volunteer State, it is likely that you have heard of the Tennessee Hearing Protection Act. This legislation was passed in the Tennessee House of Representatives on May 1, 2017, removing the state’s prohibition on the manufacture, possession, transport, sale, or repair of…

Drugged Driving Fatalities Outnumber Those from Drunk Driving Drug use was a factor in 43 percent of the fatal car accidents in 2015, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. This figure surpasses the 37 percent of drivers nationwide who tested above the legal limit for alcohol.…

What to do When Your Divorce is Complicated Divorce is complicated. Entering into a marriage is personal; choosing to dissolve one is personal as well. Emotions run high. Decisions regarding child custody are difficult. And concerns regarding the financial implications of divorce and spousal support cause stress. In some situations, divorce is complicated due to…

Divorced? Be Sure to Change Your Insurance Policies If you are recently divorced, you likely have no desire to tackle anymore paperwork, sort through forms, or sign your name one more time on the dotted line. But, while your divorce may be final, your life post-divorce is just beginning and it is important to take…

Can Alimony Be Spent on Anything? Alimony – also called spousal maintenance or spousal support – can be a sensitive subject when discussing divorce. Many spouses feel that their spouse doesn’t deserve financial support given the circumstances, or perhaps the amount determined by the courts is too much. Others fear that their soon-to-be-ex will squander…

Tennessee Fighting Human Trafficking In 2016, there were 20,424 human trafficking cases in the United States, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. 108 of those reported cases were in the state of Tennessee. Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and is a crime in every state in the United…

Summer Safety Tips Summer is here, bringing with it family vacations, fishing jaunts, and trips to the amusement park. Along with these fun outdoor adventures comes an increase in the number of road accidents, water-related incidents, and playground mishaps. By practicing some easy summer safety tips, you can reduce your accident risk and enjoy the…

What Does Tennessee’s Natural and Ordinary Meaning Law Actually Mean? Tennessee’s Governor Bill Haslam recently signed legislation requiring that Tennessee law be interpreted with their “natural and ordinary meaning, without forced or subtle construction that would limit or extend the meaning of the language.” If you are wondering what exactly that means, you are not…

Why You Should Have a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tennessee Innocent until proven guilty. That is the premise of the American criminal justice system: someone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty in the court of law. If you have been charged with a crime, the prosecution must prove you committed the crime,…

Why You Need a Divorce Lawyer in Tennessee If you are contemplating divorce, you may wonder if you need a divorce lawyer. After all, you and your partner made the decision to marry, so how hard can it be for you to dissolve that marriage? Actually, the legal process of getting married is much simpler…

Ignition Interlock Devices Reduce DUI Deaths   Does an ignition interlock device deter drivers from driving under the influence (DUI)? Yes, according to a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, reports that states that require ignition interlocks for all…

Study Shows Medical Marijuana Laws Lower Traffic Fatality Rates   As the push to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee continues, led by Representative Jeremy Faison and Senator Steve Dickerson, a recent report might bolster their efforts. The study, conducted by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and published online in the American…

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