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Lack of probable cause leads to dismissal of drug charges

When it comes to a routine traffic stop, every individual has rights that cannot be violated in the process. For instance, without a search warrant, authorities must have reasonable cause to suspect the presence of unlawful activity before the search of a vehicle can be performed. A court has recently vacated a conviction and dismissed drug charges against a Tennessee man after ruling that a search of his vehicle was initiated without probable cause.

According to reports, the initial incident took place in Nov. 2012 during a routine traffic stop. During the stop, police reportedly enlisted the services of a K-9 unit to perform an open air search for reasons that remain unclear. Officers claimed that during this process, the K-9 unit exhibited a change in body language, which they reportedly took as an indication that there were drugs within the vehicle.

Man accused of successive drunk driving offenses within 2 days

A man is reportedly facing multiple charges after he was recently arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol twice within two days in Tennessee. With each successive offense, the potential penalties for a conviction for drunk driving may increase significantly. Those who stand accused of similar charges could find it beneficial to prepare for what comes next by speaking with a defense attorney as soon as possible.

Authorities claim the initial incident took place on a recent Tuesday night when they received reports of a single-vehicle accident. They assert that a man had crashed his van into a utility pole, and, upon arriving at the scene, they found him leaning over in a nearby yard. After allegedly admitting to consuming alcohol prior to driving, he was taken to a hospital for a blood test and was subsequently placed under arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.

2 facing drug charges after incident in parking lot in Tennessee

Many stores have a high volume of traffic come in and go out of their parking lots every day. However, should a person linger in a parking lot for an extended period, store owners or employees might consider his or her actions suspicious and wish to have the matter further investigated. Two individuals are facing drug charges after they were allegedly caught using illegal narcotics in the parking lot of a store in Tennessee.

Authorities say they received reports of suspicious behavior from the manager of a local store. The manager claims that two individuals had been sitting in their car in the parking lot for an extended period and warned police of the possible presence of drug activity. After arriving at the store, law enforcement agents assert the driver exited the vehicle to speak with them.

1 charged with drunk driving following fatal crash in Tennessee

There are a multitude of circumstances in which a motor vehicle accident can occur. However, with certain collisions, such as those that take place in the early hours or involving only one vehicle, authorities may be more inclined to suspect the presence of impairment. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following a recent accident that took the life of another person in Tennessee.

The incident is said to have occurred at around 3:45 a.m. on a recent Sunday when a vehicle suddenly veered off the road. After leaving the road, authorities claim the vehicle proceeded to strike a nearby utility pole before rolling over and coming to a rest in the middle of the road. The driver and a passenger both suffered injuries in the incident, and police have advised that a second passenger was pronounced dead soon thereafter.

Tennessee inmate escapes, accused of theft

It was a wild ride for one man who is now accused of a crime. The individual was being held as an inmate in a local Tennessee county detention center. Reports indicate that the man fled the jail after allegedly committing a theft. He has since been recovered and returned to the jail. 

It will certainly be an April Fool's to remember for those involved, since the event happened early on April 1. Somehow, the individual was able to access and then hot-wire an all-terrain vehicle in the impound lot and flee from the detention center. The inmate took off and drove down the highway on his improvised escape vehicle before dumping it and fleeing on foot. 

Reports of suspicious behavior leads to drug charges for 2

In some cases, it may take little more than the words of another party for authorities to become suspicious of the presence of drug activity. Regardless of the intent behind such allegations, police may initiate an investigation into the matter, and being the subject of a similar process can be stressful and intimidating. Two individuals are facing drug charges after complaints of suspicious behavior led to the search of a hotel room in Tennessee.

According to police, the investigation began when they received information from an unknown source about suspicious behavior and a strong smell of marijuana coming from a hotel room. Upon arriving at the scene, they claim to have discovered various amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana in plain sight. In addition, police also assert that three young kids were in the room at the time, and that the drugs were within their reach.

Bus driver arrested and accused of drunk driving in Tennessee

Many kids in Tennessee and elsewhere spend their younger years riding the bus to and from school. Bus drivers are responsible for protecting the well-being of kids, and should they breach this duty, the consequences could be severe. A bus driver has recently been arrested and accused of drunk driving after authorities received reports of a bus that was exhibiting erratic behavior while transporting kids to school.

Law enforcement agents claim the incident began when they received reports of a school bus that was exhibiting erratic movements. Upon locating the vehicle, authorities proceeded to observe the driver's behavior and initiated a traffic stop. While speaking with the driver, police assert that she showed signs of impairment and requested she perform field sobriety tests.

2 facing multiple drug charges after investigation in Tennessee

Upon being accused of a crime, many individuals may lack the necessary legal experience to know how to respond to allegations. The decisions made during a similar situation can have a significant impact on its outcome, and seeking guidance on how best to approach the situation is generally advisable. An elementary school teacher and her husband might be in need of such advice after a recent investigation in Tennessee has left them facing drug charges.

While many of the details of the investigation remain unclear, authorities have advised that a search of their residence unearthed the presence of various types and amounts of narcotics. Their findings allegedly included ecstasy, LSD and marijuana, along with a substantial sum of cash and several firearms. Both individuals have been taken into custody following the investigation, and each is facing numerous charges in relation.

Incident outside gym leads to aggravated assault charges for 1

In some cases, individuals may find themselves facing criminal charges based on the accusations of another party. What may seem like a harmless joke to one person may be viewed as a threat to another person's safety, and a report of such an incident will generally lead to an investigation. A Tennessee man has recently been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly impersonating an officer and pointing a weapon at a woman outside of a local gym.

Authorities received reports of the incident at around 5:45 p.m. on a recent Wednesday evening. A woman claims that upon leaving the gym, a man parked his vehicle outside the establishment and began to scream at her and accuse her of breaking the law. He then allegedly told the woman he was a law enforcement agent and demanded that she provide him with identification.

3 facing drug charges following traffic stop and search of home

Law enforcement agents across the nation put forth a great deal of effort into reducing the flow of drug activity. In some cases, these efforts may lead to the search of a residence, which may leave those who reside within facing criminal charges if illegal drugs are found. Three individuals have been arrested and are now facing drug charges following the recent search of a home in Tennessee.

According to reports, the incident took place at the residence on a recent Sunday night. While performing a search of the home, authorities claim to have located nearly 13 grams of cocaine and just under 6 grams of marijuana, along with ammunition and drug paraphernalia. Two women were found within the residence, and they were taken into custody shortly thereafter.

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