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With eyewitness testimony, seeing isn’t always believing

For the vast majority of human beings, sight is the most highly utilized sense. Phrases like “I’ll never forget what I saw” come to mind when thinking about how trustworthy our visual perception is. Unfortunately, when the stakes are high, we cannot always trust our eyes or our recall of what we witnessed.

Eyewitness testimony has always been and continues to be among the most common sources of evidence in criminal trials. Often, it is the only evidence linking an alleged criminal to a crime. But studies have repeatedly shown that eyewitness testimony is inherently flawed and unreliable.

Considering a protective order but don’t know how it would help?

In most cases, people live together peaceably, without threats of personal violence. But in those instances where you believe your well-being is at risk, you may want to obtain a protective order.

A judge may grant an order of protection, or restraining order. However, if this is the first time court-ordered protection has been necessary for you, you might not understand the process.

Should I talk to my child-in-law about their parenting?

As a grandparent, you will be highly invested in the upbringing of your grandchildren. You will want to make sure that their parents are providing the best possible environment for their physical and emotional development, and that they are protected and loved.

If you have concerns about the way your grandchildren are being treated, you will want to raise these issues with your grandchildren's parents. If you have issues with the way that your child's partner is treating your grandchildren, however, you may be hesitant to voice your opinion for fear of causing a dispute. It is important that you consider when and how to approach these issues so that your grandchildren can benefit.

Popping a wheelie can lead to criminal charges

When you first get your driver’s license, you probably appreciate a newfound sense of freedom. It can be exhilarating to get out on the open road, especially on your own. And if you’re driving a motorcycle, it may seem even better.

But driving requires tremendous attention to detail and includes a great deal of responsibility. In some situations, you could take your freedom too far. And while you may think you are just having fun, you could put your life, and the lives of those around you, at risk. As a result, you could face consequences, including having a criminal record.

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.

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