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Parents: What to do if your child is charged with a crime

High school and college students often make numerous mistakes on their way to adulthood. When they think about consequences of bad actions, which they don't always do, they might just think about losing their car for a weekend or getting a bad grade.

However, the reality is that students can be looking at very serious penalties if they don't just make a mistake; they commit a crime. In these cases, it is important for parents to act on behalf of their children to protect them from some potentially serious penalties.

Domestic violence bills submitted in Tennessee General Assembly

As you probably know, Tennessee law places strict requirements on police officers responding to calls of domestic violence. State law requires officers to arrest someone, even when both people do not want the other charged.

According to media reports, new legislation proposed in Nashville would make punishments for those convicted in certain domestic violence cases harsher.

Opioid use forces changes at Hill Detention Center

Everyone arrested in Davidson County is taken to the Hill Detention Center, next to the offices of the Nashville Sheriff on Second Avenue North. HDC can hold up to 356 pre-trial men facing a wide variety of criminal charges. Women are booked there and then transferred to Metro Detention.

Drug-related charges are among the most common seen by staff at HDC. However, a recent news report stated that widespread opioid use has forced Hill personnel to make more ambulance calls than ever before.

What is probable cause for a DUI stop?

You're heading home for the night, after having dinner and drinks with your friends, when the flashing lights come on in the mirror. You flip on your blinker and pull to the side. The first thing you might think about is whether or not you'll pass a blood test, but it's also wise to think about what happened right before those lights came on. Did the officer actually have a reason to pull you over?

Whether a driver is intoxicated or not, officers still need probable cause to pull someone over. They can't pull over random cars in hopes that they will find a drunk driver. They need to have a reason to pull someone over.

Have you answered these DUI questions?

Facing a charge of driving under the influence is every bit as scary as it sounds. In addition to the stress it brings to your life, you should understand that a conviction could impact the way you earn a living.

With so many uncertainties, the best thing you can do is get answers to any question that comes to mind. By taking this approach, you'll have a better understanding of what will happen next and what you can do to protect your rights.

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