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Evidence and your criminal trial

Investigators may have told you that the evidence against you is overwhelming. They may have fingerprints, shoe prints, bloodstains or DNA that supposedly links you to the crime. They may tell you these things -- even show you a weapon or a lab report -- to convince you to confess or reveal more information about the alleged crime.

Facing heroin-related charge? A strong criminal defense may help

Concerns have been raised about whether the drug laws in Tennessee, including those governing heroin-related crimes, are too strict. However, the laws are still on the books, and the reality is that if you face a drug crime accusation in the state, you can expect stiff penalties if a conviction happens in your case.

Tennessee expands good-faith exceptions to search warrants

When police arrived at your home with a search warrant, you may have had little time or attention to look it over carefully. Even if you did read the warrant, would you have understood the legal jargon or known if the warrant was valid? Chances are you skimmed the document looking for details about what the officers expected to find.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree: Drug abuse and heredity

What makes you choose a particular path in life while someone else who grew up and works in the same Tennessee area as you chooses another? It would likely take a long time to explore possible answers to that question. However, studies show that heredity often has a lot to do with personality, propensity toward certain diseases, and even the likelihood of certain types of behavior. If your family seems to have a few members who struggle with drug addiction, you may want to beware the risks.

Arm yourself with information to trigger strong criminal defense

Whether you've lived in Tennessee all your life, or have just recently migrated here, you're probably somewhat aware of state laws regarding various topics. Perhaps police have pulled you over a time or two for driving a few miles over a posted speed limit or driving with a broken taillight. If your car has ever drifted a bit too close to the yellow line, you may have wound up in a traffic stop on suspicion of drunk driving.

Planning your defense against conspiracy charges

A classic movie tells the story of two men who meet on a train and begin discussing their personal burdens. One man wants to divorce his wife, and the other man hates his father. The two agree that the best plan is for each to do away with the other's problem. However, the married man thinks it's all talk until his wife ends up dead.

What factors may impact sentencing in a drug-related case?

When facing a legal ordeal, you may worry about the potential outcomes of your case. Because your situation involves serious drug charges, you may feel particularly concerned about what type of sentencing could come about in the event that the court convicts you of the crime of which you have been accused. Unfortunately, no exact punishment blankets all drug-related cases, and as a result, you could face a range of repercussions.

DNA is not your judge and jury

Who doesn't love a good crime show? The modern Sherlock Holmes uses the amazing advances in forensics and technology to track down the most unlikely suspects and convict them without questioning the validity of the evidence. In many cases, the deciding factor in these fictional dramas is DNA evidence.

Drug raids: How does the Fourth Amendment protect you?

Let's say you and a few friends are hanging out at your home watching a major sports event on TV. Suddenly, a loud knock at the door startles everyone in the room, and as you approach the entrance to your home, you notice several people who appear to be uniformed Tennessee police officers outside your window. You crack open the door and the official-looking people show you badges and ask if they can come in and have a look around.

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