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Tennessee LEOs plan June sobriety checkpoints

Before going to happy hour with your friends, you are likely aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. But no matter how careful you are, in some situations, it is possible that you could overestimate your ability to handle your alcohol.

Sometimes your driving may not give a law enforcement officer (LEO) any indication that they should pull you over because your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) might be over the legal limit. However, a LEO does not need “probable cause” to stop you at a sobriety checkpoint. And since LEOs often establish sobriety checkpoints throughout Tennessee, you might be interested in understanding why some people believe they are beneficial.

Do I have to put this on my college application?

You get arrested as a senior in high school. Your first concerns are fairly immediate: What will your parents say? What legal rights do you have? Are you going to have to spend time in jail or pay a fine?

As things move forward, though, you start thinking a bit farther out and asking big questions about your educational future. Namely, you want to know if you have to list your criminal history on your college application.

Will technology prohibit you from driving?

Driving under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous since you put yourself and countless others at risk. And those who already faced the consequences of a drunk driving conviction probably understand the risks you take by getting behind the wheel after drinking again.

In Tennessee, an ignition interlock device will prohibit you from starting your vehicle if your breath alcohol content (BAC) registers .02 or more. Although some might view the device as punishment, the technology may soon become a standard part of vehicles.

Refusing a warrantless search request is hard, study says

What can you do if a police officer asks to search your vehicle or your home? Is it really a request that you can refuse, or is the officer just phrasing it politely? This isn’t always clear, and perhaps intentionally so. In some cases, police don’t want you to know that you can refuse a search that isn’t compelled by a warrant.

But even if you know that you have the legal right to refuse a police request to search your property, would you refuse such a request if asked? Many of us believe we would refuse on principle, but recent research suggests that saying no is harder than we might think.

You could face aggravated robbery charges without a weapon

Hearing news reports related to theft or robbery may not be uncommon. However, while you know you shouldn’t take things from another person, matters become worse when weapons are involved.

As instances of robberies have spiked at Dollar General stores in Tennessee, it’s important to remember that you could face charges for aggravated robbery without using a weapon. One Knoxville man was recently convicted of assault and attempted aggravated robbery for trying to rob one of the chain’s stores using a flashlight he had wrapped in electrical tape, trying to make it appear like a handgun.

You can take control over crystal meth before it devastates you

Although they are illegal and detrimental to your health, many people experiment with drugs. And while you probably know there are legal consequences for possessing, manufacturing and using illicit substances, you may not be familiar with how distressing drugs can be to your system.

All drugs can have addictive properties. However, substances like crystal methamphetamine (meth) can be extremely addictive. As a Schedule II drug, meth is dangerous and has an extremely high potential for abuse. Although you likely understand meth use can lead to dependence, are you familiar with the effects meth could have on your body?

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.

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