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The devastating impact witnessing abuse can have on children

Toxic or unhealthy relationships can be very harmful to people's physical and emotional health. Sadly, people don't always recognize something as abusive. They can also be scared to leave this type of relationship because of the threat to their safety, or they are holding out hope that things will change.

Because of the complicated reasons why people stay in them, abusive relationships are typically very difficult to leave. However, a recent study revealed findings that could be powerful motivation for parents to get out of an abusive relationship. 

The consequences of truancies in Tennessee

If your child has been skipping school for a significant amount of time, it is likely that the school system has become involved with trying to address this issue. You may have previously been unaware that your child has been truant from school, and if this is the case, you will probably be upset and worried about what they have been doing during the time that they should have been in class.

As a parent, you will have a lot of questions about the consequences that your child might face as a result of their truancy. The law in Tennessee states that all children must be enrolled in education and attend school regularly until their 18th birthday. Some absences can be excused by the local school district, however, others might lead to the child attending juvenile court, or even legal action being made against the parent.

Misdemeanors: Minor offenses with major ramifications

In a previous post, we discussed the fact that misdemeanor traffic offenses can have a surprisingly significant effect on a person’s life. But the fact is that all types of misdemeanors present serious problems.

Too often, people minimize the true impact of misdemeanors because they are "minor offenses." They believe that minor offenses are inconsequential, especially when compared to felonies. However, everyone facing these charges should take them seriously. They deserve to have those in the criminal justice system take them seriously as well.

Why you must take traffic misdemeanor violations seriously

Even the most cautious and responsible driver can wind up making a mistake or bad decision behind the wheel. And no matter who you are, these missteps can lead to some surprisingly serious consequences.

Before you dismiss a misdemeanor traffic offense because you think it's not serious or because it was a one-time mistake, you should think about how it could affect your future. 

Man's holiday agenda may now include making drunk driving defense

No one wants to have to handle serious challenges during the holiday season. However, it is not unusual for individuals to face many difficulties during this time. Some parties may even have to contend with criminal charges if police officers accuse them of drunk driving. Though it may not have been on the holiday agenda, finding out information on defense options may be wise.

It was recently reported that a man was charged with DUI in Tennessee. Apparently, the man had been driving at approximately 5:30 p.m. when his vehicle collided with a second vehicle. The second vehicle had been parked on the shoulder of the road and was unoccupied at the time of the crash. It was noted that the driver of the first car lost control of his vehicle.

3 Tennessee students face felony vandalism charges

People make some bad decisions when they are in college, from getting drunk and doing something dangerous to assuming they don't have to study for an important final. These unwise decisions typically have a direct impact on the person making them. However, they can also affect others in some truly unfortunate ways.

For instance, three University of Tennessee students are accused of making some seriously bad decisions that resulted in felony vandalism charges for them and major damages for their school and many of their fellow students.

These 3 offenses could land a child in jail or prison

There are some juvenile offenses that could lead to an arrest for a child but not for an adult. Did you know that these offenses are still penalized like criminal offenses in some places, even if they're not dangerous to the community or to the child involved?

No child should have to face charges over situations out of their hands. Some possible situations that are offenses for juveniles but not adults include incorrigibility, running away and truancy.

Tennessee man with history of domestic violence kills wife

Last week, a Tennessee man stabbed his wife and her father in their Brentwood home. The wife died from injuries, and the father-in-law sustained critical stab wounds before grabbing a gun and fatally shooting the man.

This was not the first time the man had shown violence. In 2011, he attempted to strangle his ex-wife. As a result of the incident, his ex-wife sustained injuries to the neck and a broken arm. According to news reports, he pleaded guilty to domestic violence. He served one year under supervised probation and attended a court mandated program for domestic violence abusers. The two later divorced in 2014.

Does domestic violence spike during the holiday season?

Domestic violence is a troubling and frightening issue any day of the year. But around this time, we start seeing stories that domestic violence incidences spike during the holidays.

However, available statistics don't necessarily back this up.

Safety officials seek drugged driving standards

Despite shifting attitudes and laws across the country, marijuana is still illegal in Tennessee and at the federal level. This means that anyone accused of having, using or selling marijuana can face arrest and conviction.

That said, marijuana laws are changing more frequently now and safety officials argue that law enforcement tools and training are not keeping up with these changes. One area in particular that they want to address is creating standards for testing for drug-impaired driving.

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