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Can a smart home device call for help?

Many people across Tennessee have smartphones and smart home devices that make life a little easier. They can turn off lights, identify intruders, play music and read bedtime stories. However, they do not always work the way we want or need them to.

For instance, some voice-activated devices may call police or other emergency contacts in times of distress, like a domestic assault. Some devices cannot do this. And some make the call in error.

Mail and package theft: What are the consequences?

The holidays are a particularly busy time for the U.S. Postal Service and other delivery companies. Because of this, it can also be a busy time for so-called Porch Pirates and mail thieves. In fact, roughly 1 billion packages are stolen every year during the holidays.

If you or your child is facing accusations of stealing a package or mail in Tennessee in recent days or weeks, you should know what the repercussions could be.

The consequences of a first-time theft offense in Tennessee

Getting into trouble with the law at some point in our lives happens to many of us. Everyone makes a mistake at one point or another, but the important thing is that we learn from these mistakes. If you have recently been accused of theft in Tennessee, it may be because you felt pressured into doing so by friends, or because you were at a low place in your life. If you realize that what you did was wrong or think that you can defend yourself by explaining the situation in full, you should be able to show that you are regretful and have no intention of getting into trouble with the law again.

Luckily, first-time offenders are often treated more leniently than those who have committed repeat offenses. By understanding exactly how the law in Tennessee will apply to you, you will be in a better position to defend yourself.

How do you know when you need treatment?

Drug and alcohol education is typical in school districts across the nation. Therefore, by the time most teens get their driver’s license, they understand the dangers associated with drinking and driving.

Unfortunately, knowledge alone is not always enough to prevent unsafe practices. There are severe consequences for drunk driving, and some young men and women arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) may need help dealing with addiction.

Why is drinking and driving so dangerous?

Most people understand that drunk driving is illegal. Although you know alcohol can affect some of your actions, it may be difficult to tell how many drinks will affect your driving.

You might think it is safe to slide into the driver’s seat after celebrating a special occasion or having a few beers with friends. However, before you reach for another drink, you might want to think about more than the potential legal consequences of a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest. Any amount of alcohol can impair your driving abilities through:

How can I challenge a DUI charge in Tennessee?

A driving under the influence (DUI) conviction can be quite serious. Even a first-time offense comes with significant penalties, including a minimum of 48 hours in jail, a one-year license revocation, participation in an alcohol treatment program, a fine of $350-$1,500 and potentially an ignition interlock device - which you have to pay for yourself.

These penalties can, in turn, have an effect on other aspects of your life. They can impact your family and other relationships, your job and future career prospects, your finances and more. So for someone facing a DUI charge after making an honest mistake - or after being wrongly arrested - are there ways to fight back and minimize the event's disruption on your life?

What are the unique needs of kids in the system?

There are minimal disputes about the face of the juvenile justice system showing kids who get in trouble. Though, you may disagree there tends to be a disconnect between the portrayal of these youth as dangerous thieves or addicts and the societal efforts to address what these young offenders need in order to reintegrate into society.

While kids involved in the system may be guilty, it is vital to consider the reasons young men and women offend. Additionally, examining what kind of treatment is necessary to help juvenile offenders transition back into the mainstream is crucial.

Is there a connection between alcohol and abuse?

To say that most Americans have some experience with domestic violence is likely an accurate statement. You might have been witness to physical altercations during your parents’ arguments, suffered at the hands of an abuser or had friends tell you about their abusive relationships. And, there is also the possibility that you face allegations of domestic abuse.

Regardless of your situation, it is crucial to consider that there are many reasons why such maltreatment occurs. Although alcohol has not been proven to be a reason for such activity, studies suggest there may be a relationship between alcohol and domestic abuse.

Girls’ involvement in the juvenile justice system

From the time you were a child, you likely heard people refer to girls’ “sugar and spice” while continually reminding them to be nice. And there’s a good chance they were referred to as “princess,” “pumpkin” or “love,” rather than nicknames representative of mental resolve or physical strength.

Despite efforts to equalize views of, and opportunities for, males and females, you might agree there remain some biological differences between the genders. As such, whether due to nature or nurture – or both – juvenile boys are more likely to get in trouble with the authorities. Though, it’s important to consider that adolescent girls face criminal charges as well.

Sometimes it's wise to say no while giving thanks

Historically, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with friends and family in gratitude for all we have. And whether we sip a Pinot Noir with the turkey, grab a few beers during the game or savor a fine whiskey while reminiscing about the past year, alcohol is often an active participant in the holiday celebration.

On average, people consume fewer alcoholic beverages on Thanksgiving than on other holidays. However, 15% of men and 11% of women binge drink, causing their blood alcohol concentration to rise. And more than 2% of women and 3% of men drink to the point where they black out. But what is it about holidays that leads to this increase in alcohol?

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