As we head into the Labor Day weekend, we can expect the usual holiday sales in stores, picnics and barbeques in parks and Tennessee Highway Patrol sobriety checkpoints. Yes, summer is coming to an end, and the THP is going to be out there waiting to arrest you if they think your are driving drunk.
People generally assume that prosecutors bring drunk driving charges based on some amount of evidence. Whether that evidence is valid or sufficient to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt is a matter for a court to decide, and every defendant has a right to challenge the prosecution's evidence. After all, police and prosecutors do make mistakes, and no one should be penalized with fines or jail time based on false allegations.
When a Tennessee state police trooper or a local police or sheriff's deputy pulls you over on suspicion of driving under the influence, you don't expect special treatment. You hope the law enforcement officer treats you fairly, and that you aren't singled-out for something more unpleasant, such as abuse or manipulation by the officer.
The law doesn't discriminate when it comes to age and drunk driving charges. If a teenager is charged with underage DUI in Tennessee, he or she has a lot at risk. A drunk driving conviction can have a significant impact on anyone's life.
What are some of your daily routines? If you are like many other Tennessee residents, you probably wake up, have breakfast, take your vitamins, medications and a shower. It sounds like it is no different for even high-profile public figure Kerry Kennedy.
Whether a person gets arrested and charged with drunk driving often depends on a particular test. Sure, Tennessee authorities will ask a driver questions and perhaps have him or her perform some field sobriety tests. But there is one test that tends to secure a DUI charge, and that is the blood alcohol or a breath test.
Every so often legal stories will hit the headlines that attract continued attention. Those stories become more significant when they actually hit close to home. In the recent controversy regarding a lab worker's mix-up in BAC tests in Tennessee, his wrongdoing will impact DUI cases right here in Hamilton County, as well as various other surrounding counties.