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The Biden Administration is taking action against gun violence in the United States, proposing new laws and signing Executive Orders that will change the status quo. This was something that President Biden campaigned on, and he is seeking to follow up now that he is in office.

People who have been convicted of crimes just want to get on with their lives once they have completed their sentences. However, the presence of a conviction on their record could have consequences for them for years afterward. There are several ways that convictions can come off your record. Two of them are expungement and pardon.

Gun ownership is an important civil liberty and freedom in Murfreesboro, TN. However, all rights and freedoms should be tempered with responsibilities to avoid abuse. On March 19, 2021, Republican lawmakers in Tennessee used their majority in the Senate to pass a new law.

Is it murder or manslaughter? Most people have difficulties understanding how these two crimes that end people’s lives differ. Let’s establish their similarities before looking at their differences.

Getting an arrest warrant can be a frightening experience. After all, an arrest warrant allows a law enforcement officer to come to your home or work at any time and place you under arrest.

In July 2016, Tennessee joined the majority of other states and passed its version of a revenge porn law, which created the criminal offense of unlawful exposure.

Jaywalking is one of those offenses that people often think of something so minor that it really isn’t even against the law.

In today’s society, our kids are constantly online - whether they have smartphones, video game systems, laptops, iPads, or access to school computers.

Mask mandates - or even recommendations - have caused quite a stir throughout Tennessee. Several counties required masks in public areas or businesses, which many people challenged...

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…

While probation can help you avoid time in jail after a criminal conviction, it is not always a simple process. Probation comes with many costs and requirements..

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…

When you face criminal charges in Tennessee, you have the option to plead guilty to a crime instead of fighting the allegations...

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…

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…

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 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,…

Selecting the Right Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Attorney is Essential When Your Liberty and Future is at Stake Your criminal defense attorney must be available to answer your questions and address your concerns in addition to being your representative in court A criminal conviction in Tennessee can change your life. Besides the harsh penalties, including prison…

Tennessee Domestic Violence Laws If you are convicted of committing assault in Tennessee, you could go to jail or prison, but the consequences of a conviction increase if the person you are accused of assaulting is your spouse or a relative. The reason is that Tennessee categorizes assault as domestic assault if the victim is…

Federal Government Cracking Down on Medicare Fraud Abuses Medicare fraud has been going on in many forms since its inception. The federal government has begun dedicating more investigators than ever before into abuses of the system. The frauds range in value and level of participation significantly. However, the penalties in prison are consistently in the…

What is TennCare Fraud? TennCare Fraud Laws Combat Public Health Care Abuse By Both Patients And Doctors Tennessee Inspector General Manny Tyndall has announced the addition of two more counts of TennCare fraud, arising from a doctor-shopping scheme involving the prescription painkillers Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.   The recent arrest was not made by a traditional…

Analyzing the Collapse of One of the Most Recognizable Advertising Spokesman   Jared from Subway facing severe penalties for internet solicitation and child pornography   In 2000, the world came to know Jared Fogle as an inspirational figure who 245 pounds utilizing a diet and exercise regimen centered around Subway sandwiches. Established in 1965, Subway…

What to Do at a DUI Checkpoint Cooperation with law enforcement is key The United States Supreme Court has ruled that DUI checkpoints are legal. This means that all drivers stopped at the checkpoint, even though law enforcement has no probable cause that anyone is driving under the influence, are subject to examination. Tennessee law…

Helping criminal defendants understand state theft laws and sentencing guidelines   Within the entire realm of criminal offenses, theft and shoplifting may seem like minor crimes compared to other serious felonies. However, any criminal convictions on your record have the power to negatively impact your personal and professional life. If you’re charged with a theft…

What Happens When You Violate Probation in Tennessee? Turn to an aggressive Murfreesboro probation violation lawyer for reliable legal and advice and guidance Criminal charges and convictions often have lasting effects that negatively impact your personal, professional and financial status. One of the most common penalties for a wide range of criminal offenses is probation.…

Avoiding Bonnaroo Citations and Arrests Don't let an arrest ruin your weekend Historically, this June weekend in Tennessee is one when 70 to 90 thousand music lovers commemorate for four days of sunshine, partying and rock and roll, as part of the annual Bonnaroo festivities. However, this year the stakes are higher for Bonnaroo participants…

Palcohol – What is it and is it Safe? A new fad in alcohol consumption has led to significant controversy Just this March, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved a new form of alcohol for sale and consumption. Powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol, is becoming the latest beverage trend. Palcohol is…

Tennesee DUI Arrests On the Rise With DUI arrests increasing, it is important to know your rights Driving under the influence, also known as DUI, is one of the most common types of criminal defense cases that many people face. Recent statistics indicate that DUI cases are on the rise. According to the Tennessee Bureau…

Driving Under the Influence Now Commonly Drugs Not Alcohol As prescription drug use rises, so do prescription drug-related DUI cases   Historically, the term driving under the influence, DUI, was inherently associated with driving under the influence of alcohol. In recent years, however, Tennessee courts are increasingly dealing with DUID cases, or driving under the…

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