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July 2012 Archives

Tennessee Police Start Enforcing "No Refusal" Law

Police began implementing a new impaired driving law over the holiday weekend. If a person is arrested for driving under the influence, the "No Refusal" law now permits police to obtain a search warrant for a blood sample upon showing probable cause.

Preliminary Hearing Not Important?

In previous articles, Summers and Wyatt have emphasized the absolute requirement of not waiving a preliminary hearing in General Sessions Court except in the most extraordinary circumstances. This is often inconvenient for the attorneys because the prosecutors usually try to get rid of all other cases before they have a hearing. For this reason, many lawyers aren't willing to spend the time waiting for the cases to be heard.

Advocates Call for Rehabilitation for Tennessee DUI Offenders

When a person is convicted of a crime some people feel the focus should be on punishing that person through fines and jail time. While sometimes this may be appropriate, many times treatment and rehabilitation are needed to get at the root cause of the problem, particularly with drug and alcohol offenses.

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