When is Confinement Appropriate in Sentencing versus Probation?

October 16, 2013

Joshua Taylor pleaded guilty to possession of .5 grams or more of cocaine with the intent to sell and simple possession of marijuana. Taylor received an effective sentence of eight years, with the manner of service to be determined by the trial court. Taylor asked for probation or to be sentenced to community corrections. Following […]

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What if I’m Pulled Over Because the Police Only Thought I was Breaking the Law?

October 8, 2013

This case arises from a police officer’s stop of Joshua Lynn Pitts’s vehicle in November 2011 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. After he was indicted, Pitts filed a motion to suppress, and the trial court held a hearing on the motion. Officer Higgins, a 14-year veteran of the Murfreesboro PD and a member of its DUI Enforcement […]

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Guilty Plea Must be Voluntary in Tennessee

October 3, 2013

The Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee in a recent appeal of a drug case involving a defendant who plead guilty and then tried to claim it was not “voluntary” due to ineffective assistance of his counsel, held that a guilty plea is not “voluntary” if it results from ignorance, misunderstanding, coercion, inducements, or threats.  […]

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What if I Drive and am a Little Buzzed?

October 1, 2013

Driving while under the influence of alcohol can have serious consequences—even if you think you’re not really drunk but just a little buzzed. The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit while operating a motor vehicle is .08 in Tennessee. How much is that?  It could be three beers or maybe just one mixed drink… there’s no […]

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