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March 2012 Archives

Alcohol-Sensing Technology in Vehicles on the Horizon

Your car already notifies you if you wear a seatbelt, but consider if your vehicle also monitored how much alcohol you consumed. The federal transportation bill in the Senate is calling for over $30 million in funds to be designated towards research for alcohol-sensing technology in cars over the next several years.

Preliminary Hearing- Waste of Time?

In McKeldin v. State, 516 S.W. 2d 82 (1974), Justice Joe Henry of the Tennessee Supreme Court stated, "Every criminal lawyer's 'worth his salt' knows the overriding importance and the manifested advantage of a preliminary hearing. In fact, the failure to explore this golden opportunity to observe the manner, demeanor, and appearance of the witness for the prosecution to learn the precise details of prosecution of a case, and to engage in a happy event sometimes known as a 'fishing expedition' would be an inexcusable dereliction of duty, and the majority of cases."

Collateral Consequences of a DUI Arrest/or Conviction in Tennessee

Most everyone who has had a DUI or knows someone who has had a charge or conviction is aware of the legal punishments for first and subsequent enhanced convictions. However, there has been little discussion of the collateral consequences of being convicted or even charged with a DUI. The purpose of this blog entry is to touch that issue:     1.  DUI convictions can never be expunged (deleted) from your permanent record with law enforcement agencies and are subject to open record laws. (The ten year backup rule to be charged as an enhanced offender does not apply.);

Group Advocates for Wider Use of Ignition Interlocks in DUI Cases

If you are convicted of DUI in Tennessee you may face several types penalties including fines, jail time and license revocation. An additional penalty you may face is having an ignition interlock installed in your vehicle.

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