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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.

Don't let mischief become a felony this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, which means children and adults across Tennessee are getting their costumes ready and finalizing their plans for the holiday.

If you are the parent of a teenager, another critical step in preparing for Halloween should be to discuss with your child the very real consequences that can arise if he or she engages in unlawful conduct on Halloween, including property crimes. 

Social host liability and underage drinking

Most people who drink alcohol have been to a party or other social gathering where one or more people drank a little too much and drove home. Many may have even been the person who drank too much at the party and drove home, although hopefully they made it to their destination without incident. Unfortunately, when a person who drinks and drives at a social gathering does experience an accident, the host of the party may face some liability for the results of that accident.

Tennessee, like many other states, observes social host liability, especially when it comes to serving alcohol to minors. If a minor drinks at a social gathering and then gets into an accident, authorities pay special attention to where the minor obtained the alcohol and whether the person who supplied the alcohol had any knowledge of the minor drinking.

Why alcohol affects some people more than others

Imagine you meet up with some friends for a drink at the bar. You end up staying for a while and you each have the same number of drinks over a couple hours.

Now imagine you all get in your cars to drive home and each of you is stopped by police for suspected drunk driving. Some of you are arrested for DUI, others are cleared and sent home because they did not show signs of intoxication or have a high enough blood alcohol level to warrant an arrest. How can this be? 

The many consequences teens can face for misdemeanors

Stop and think about what you were like in middle school or high school. Think about all the mistakes you made and silly things you might have thought were the most important things in the world. You could be quite happy to have put that time behind you and relieved that any decisions you made back then stayed in the past.

However, this isn't how it is for everyone. Teenagers charged with crimes like underage drinking or minor drug offenses can experience serious penalties that follow them for years. Below, we examine some of the consequences teens might suffer for a criminal conviction. 

Challenging wrongful allegations of domestic assault

Being accused of domestic assault or violence can be devastating. In the course of one allegation, your career, reputation and family could be in jeopardy, so it is crucial to defend yourself when the allegations are false.

Often, defense against these charges will involve scrutinizing the statements from the alleged victim. This can be difficult and uncomfortable, but challenging tenuous or fabricated claims can be the difference between conviction and dismissed charges.

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