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.
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.
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.
An apparent meth conspiracy in Hawkins County has led to criminal charges for 17 individuals. They are accused of being meth dealers.
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.
When it comes to enforcing state and federal drug laws, law enforcement has a lot of power. Law enforcement officers have the power to determine who looks suspicious, when a search is appropriate and when there is enough evidence to arrest a suspect. This power can be easily abused, and those who have been charged with a drug crime on the basis of an abuse of police power should work with an experienced attorney to protect their rights.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a reputation as a drug warrior. He is on record as having once said he thought the Ku Klux Klan was: "OK until I found out they smoked pot." He insists he was joking, but more recent statements reinforce the view that he holds a get-tough attitude when it comes to prosecuting individuals charged with drug crimes.
More and more states across the country are entertaining the idea of legalizing marijuana, whether for medical purposes or recreationally. As marijuana consumption has moved from the shadows and into the mainstream, serious questions are being raised about how to police it and how to enforce it. However, there are also questions being raised on how to track its impact in cases involving driving while under the influence.
With the current legislative term nearing its end, it can safely be said that the last few months have been anything but dull in the Tennessee General Assembly. Indeed, the state Senate and House of Representatives have been busy debating and voting on legislation covering everything from school bus safety and rural broadband access to road funding and school vouchers.
Guns don't kill people. People kill people. That's a common argument Second Amendment supporters use to counter gun control efforts. As we noted in a post last month, some use a somewhat similar argument reacting to efforts to crack down on suppliers in drug overdose deaths. The case they seek to make is that the person responsible for the death is the user, not the supplier.