Election of Offenses

Case:  State of Tennessee v. Courtney Knowles Issue:  Must a conviction be reversed when the State’s elected offense specified the wrong act for the date provided? Facts:  Defendant was tried for one count of rape of a child. The State … [Read more...]

DUI Arrest

Case:  State of Tennessee v. Mechelle L. Montgomery Issue:  Can an officer detain a DUI suspect for fifteen minutes without performing any DUI investigation to wait for additional information regarding an unrelated crime involving the … [Read more...]

David Raybin testifies in Senate Judiciary Committee on Sentencing Reform

Panel tackles criminalal justice system in Tennessee For the first time in two decades, Tennessee lawmakers want to take a hard look at the way the state punishes criminals. All seem to agree that the current system is broken. The … [Read more...]

What Do I Wear to Court?

Believe it or not, one of the most common questions clients ask me is: “What do I wear to court?” Just like in any other setting, people want to make sure they are dressed appropriately without being “overdressed.” In short, I usually … [Read more...]

What You Should Know During a Police Traffic Stop

If you are like most people, when you see a police car in your rear view mirror some level of anxiety will surface. Here are just a few tips that may help you should the blue lights come on: As soon as you see the “blue lights” Slow down … [Read more...]

What is Tennessee’s Domestic Violence “Cooling Off” Period?

The local news in Nashville has been abuzz  regarding a case in which Judge Casey Moreland signed off on the early release of David Chase, who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend a second time shortly after getting out of jail from the prior … [Read more...]

7 Tips to Avoid Getting Arrested at Bonnaroo

With good weather come fun outdoor events and festivals in Middle Tennessee, including the CMA Fest, the Fourth of July, and of course, Bonnaroo. Although these events are really enjoyable, the fun can come to an end quickly if you get … [Read more...]

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