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Common offenses for teens still have serious consequences

Being a teenager is not easy. Teens can wind up learning some very difficult lessons that change the rest of their lives. This can happen if a young person makes a bad decision that leads to criminal charges.

In these situations, teens can lose educational opportunities; their career aspirations can suffer; they could wind up paying for that mistake well into adulthood. Unfortunately, many teens do not recognize these and the other consequences of criminal acts. This is especially true when it comes to certain behaviors young people often consider harmless.

4 types of property crimes that occur during the summer

Summer is just around the corner, and that means that in a matter of weeks, kids and teenagers will be out of school and looking for ways to entertain themselves. Unfortunately, some of the things they wind up doing could get them into serious trouble.

For instance, some young people can end up accused of theft or other property crimes. As this article notes, certain types of property crimes increase by as much as 12 percent during the summer months. 

Looking beyond the numbers on a breath test

One of the most common pieces of information that prosecutors use against a person accused of drunk driving is his or her results of a breath test showing that he or she was over the legal limit. 

However, the numbers on these breath tests warrant closer inspection, as they could be inaccurate. In recent years, researchers have detected flaws with the breath test machines that could lead to inflated numbers.

3 reasons why you must take misdemeanors seriously

Given the choice of facing a felony or a misdemeanor charge, people would choose a misdemeanor. This is because the consequences of a conviction for a misdemeanor offense are typically less severe than those for a felony conviction.

That being said, there are still penalties if a person pleads guilty or is convicted of a misdemeanor offense. It is a mistake to minimize these situations or assume you just need to plead guilty and move forward. Below, we explain three reasons why it is critical to take a misdemeanor charge -- and your defense against that charge -- seriously.

What is the best defense to driving under the influence?

There is nothing worse than the thought of an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Not only will this add more stress to your life, but the penalties for a conviction can range from a large fine to jail time. On top of this, a DUI conviction on your record could impact your personal and professional life far into the future.

What penalties could I face for a domestic assault in Tennessee?

Situations involving violence or threats of violence between family members or partners are often emotionally charged. People can feel attacked or scared, and many could be dealing with physical pain.

Under these circumstances, it can be difficult to accurately assess what might happen to the person accused of assault. Below, we examine some of the potential consequences of a domestic assault allegation and conviction in Tennessee. 

More penalties could be coming for people with DUIs in Tennessee

While every driver knows that they should not drink and drive, people make mistakes. They misjudge their impairment, or they think they can drive just fine even though they have had a few drinks. There are also drivers who suffer from addiction, which has a profound impact on their decisions regarding alcohol and intoxication.

These parties can and do face serious penalties for driving under the influence already in Tennessee. They can face massive fines, lose their license and even go to jail for a DUI conviction. And there could be even more penalties coming if a proposed bill in the state becomes law.

Can police search my car for drugs during a traffic stop?

Seeing the red and blue flashing lights of a police car in your rear view mirror can be enough to make any driver nervous. If you happen to have any drugs or drug paraphernalia in your car, then you can be especially uneasy about how the traffic stop will end.

In these situations, typically all that stands between a driver and an arrest is a search of the driver's vehicle. Because of how much damage can be done in the span of a vehicle search, it is important for Tennessee drivers to understand a few facts about traffic stops and police searches.

Challenging expert testimony in theft cases

It is crucial to take theft charges seriously. After all, prosecutors will take the charges seriously, and they will often utilize whatever resources they have to secure a conviction or guilty plea. This often includes extensive searches and the use of expert witnesses.

As such, anyone charged with serious theft crimes should be aggressive in their defense, and this can involve challenging the credibility of the people testifying against the defendant.

Will I go to jail if convicted of DUI in Tennessee?

Here in Tennessee, it's very important to try to avoid convictions for driving under the influence (DUI), as this is a state that imposes mandatory jail time even for first offenders.

Because prosecutors and judges (and the public at large) view drunk and drugged driving to be such a serious problem, a first conviction on DUI charges requires a minimum two-day stay behind bars. However, defendants can potentially be sentenced to as long as 11 months and 29 days in jail.

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