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Test shows that mouthwash could trigger a Breathalyzer

You're heading out for a night with friends, and you quickly shower and use some mouthwash before you leave the house. Five minutes later, the police pull you over for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. The officer says your breath smells like alcohol and he wants to give you a breath test.

You shrug and take the test, knowing you haven't been drinking. But it comes back positive. The officer says he's going to arrest you on DUI charges.

Alleged meth conspiracy leads to charges for 17 people

An apparent meth conspiracy in Hawkins County has led to criminal charges for 17 individuals. They are accused of being meth dealers.

Reports indicate that the indictments for all 17 centered around "conspiracy to distribute" meth totaling more than 50 grams. The minimum mandatory sentence, for those who are convicted, is 10 years. That being said, reports also note that the real sentences can vary significantly based on things like the amount of cooperation shown by those who are convicted and whether or not those individuals have a criminal history.

What are plea bargains?

Around 90 percent of all criminal cases in the U.S. involve plea bargains. This is notable because many countries in the world do not allow plea bargains since those countries consider them unethical.

This blog is a short introduction into what plea bargains are and how they can be used.

Ex-Tennessee linebacker arrested on DUI charges

A young man who used to be a linebacker for the University of Tennessee has been arrested and is facing DUI charges. The arrest reportedly happened in Knoxville on a recent Saturday morning.

The former linebacker is 25 years old. The Knoxville Police Department has charged him with marijuana possession, implied consent and failing to use due care while behind the wheel.

Does drinking plus driving always equal drunk driving?

Since it's mid-summer in Tennessee, many people are enjoying outdoor gatherings with friends and family, perhaps having barbecues or picnics by the lake, or just having a few people over for a late night swim in the backyard pool and a few cold drinks. That latter part can lead to problems if you're not careful. A sure fire way to interrupt summer fun is getting pulled over and charged with drunk driving. 

Having a glass of wine or a couple beers at a backyard party, however, doesn't necessarily mean that if you then get behind the wheel of a car to drive, you'll be breaking the law. There are typically many factors involved, although the only thing a police officer needs is reasonable suspicion to make a traffic stop (i.e. your car drifted toward the center yellow line on the road.). In the long run, if you're well-informed and prepared ahead of time, you shouldn't have trouble steering clear of intoxicated driving.

What incentives exist for false domestic violence allegations?

Many domestic violence allegations are true, but there certainly is the possibility that the accusations are false. While accusations need to be taken seriously, it's important to remember that everyone has a right to be presumed innocent unless proven guilty -- and not the other way around.

So, why would people make up allegations? While each case is different, some possible incentives include:

Woman uses plea bargain and good behavior to get out early

A woman in Tennessee was involved in a DUI crash in 2002. Now, 15 years later, the Tennessee Department of Corrections has said that she's been released from prison.

While that seems like a long time, it could have been far longer, if not for a few things that she did to reduce the sentence. First of all, she was offered a plea bargain back in 2003, and she took it. That meant she had to go to jail, but the sentence she was offered was for 22 years.

Household items could count as drug paraphernalia

You can face charges for possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, especially in conjunction with other charges, so it's important to understand what is considered paraphernalia. Some household items that can be possessed innocently could be considered drug paraphernalia.

For instance, very small spoons are sometimes used in connection with drugs. A lot of these are so small that the total surface size is under 10 percent of a cubic centimeter.

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