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Getting your driver's license back in Tennessee

If you have had your license suspended, you will know the frustrations of not being able to drive for an extended period of time. It is likely that it affected your job and your ability to generate income. Therefore, of course, you will be eager to take the right steps to get your license back as soon as you can. It is important that you know and obey the law in regard to this so that you do not waste any time.

This blog will provide a brief overview into how the law works in Tennessee and what you must do in order to get your license back.

Programs for convicted drug users

The courts know that people sometimes commit crimes purely because of their drug addiction, and they are often sympathetic to this. If the crime was a nonviolent one and the courts believe that the crime would not have been committed if it were not for the defendant's use of drugs or their drug addiction, they might decide that a drug rehabilitation program is a good alternative to jail time.

This blog will serve as a brief overview into how the court system uses drug rehabilitation programs as a good alternative to a prison sentence, and what kind of circumstances qualify for this.

Was the drug test I received at work legal?

Often before a prospective employee is due to be hired, employers insist that a drug test takes place. This is very common practice, but is it legal? There are limitations that vary from state to state, but there are times when conducting a drug test is illegal and is classed as an invasion of privacy.

The following blog is an overview of scenarios in which drug tests at work are legal. If you are concerned about your employer requesting that you take a drug test and none of these situations are true for you, then the drug test may be an illegal one.

Things to know when planning to claim self-defense

If being convicted of a charge such as assault or domestic violence, it is always a viable option that in committing the act, you were doing so in defense of personal safety. This is universally accepted as a valid reason for acting violently, as long as your actions were appropriate given the situation.

This blog will provide a brief overview into the principle and rules of self-defense, and what it could mean for your charge.

Illegal search and seizures: What you need to know

Law enforcement services frequently conduct search and seizures, whereby they are able to enter a property in search of something they suspect is there. However, they cannot do this on a whim: There are many rules and regulations that go into this procedure, which are directed by the Forth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

This blog will answer some of the common questions addressing the legalities of search and seizures, and how to know if you were subject to an illegal search and seizure.

Factors that could make your DUI even more serious

A drunk driving charge is a serious criminal charge, no matter if it is your first offense or you have multiple DUIs already on your criminal record. There are several factors, however, that could elevate a DUI to a felony charge and result in life-altering penalties.

If you are facing drunk driving charges of any kind in Tennessee, you would be wise to learn about the defense options available to you. No matter the details of your individual case, there are ways that you can confront these charges and fight back against some the potential penalties that can come with a conviction.

Ignition interlock devices provide huge benefits for offenders

A study has been conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The study found that in the situation of a driver being convicted for their first-time drunk driving offense, the driver is much less likely to commit another offense if he or she has an ignition interlock device (IID) in his or her vehicle.

This finding gives hope to all drivers who have been convicted of drunk driving as a way to prevent further offenses.

Three little letters that can ruin your night

Summer is waning, and if you're like many other Tennessee residents, you may be trying to get some more fun in before school resumes, vacations end and seasons change. Perhaps you have plans to gather with some close friends to enjoy a night on the town and some badly needed rest and relaxation. That's all well and good, unless the type of beverage you order at dinner lands you behind bars later. The last thing you need is a police officer to charge you with DUI.

That's a sure fire way to ruin what's left of your summer. To avoid such problems, the easiest answer is not to drink any alcohol if you plan on driving. This is not a full-proof avoidance, however, as there have been times in the past when people who have not imbibed any alcoholic beverages still faced charges of drunk driving.

New state law creates more bills in Tennessee

Last week, a local judge based in Hamilton County, Tennessee, questioned a new state law brought into effect by the Tennessee Attorney General's office. He said the new state law forces him to bill for orders of protection; however, in many cases, these are laws of protection that people don't want.

Since Jan. 1, 2017, victims needed to apply for an order of protection themselves before it was billed to the state. However, because of this law, anytime a person is charged with aggravated domestic assault, magistrate judges must create an order of protection automatically.

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.


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