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Traffic stop leads to drug, other charges for Tennessee woman

Individuals who find themselves facing criminal drug charges following a traffic stop may be interested in knowing about a case that is unfolding in Tennessee. On Aug. 27, law enforcement officials took a Rogersville woman into custody on possession of methamphetamine and other charges. She was initially stopped because her vehicle registration was expired.

The incident occurred in Hawkins County. According to news sources, a search of the stopped vehicle was conducted after a deputy noticed the woman attempting to place an unidentified object behind her back. During the search, the deputy discovered a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine as well as an undisclosed amount of the drug. The search also revealed a small amount of what officials believed to be Tizanidine, Tramadol and Diazepam.

It’s important to employ the right DUI defense strategy

The majority of drivers are familiar with the risks of drinking alcohol (or using drugs) and getting behind the wheel. Even so, this doesn't stop some people from taking this action and hoping for the best.

Due to the fact that drunk driving remains a major problem throughout the country, police continue to crack down by pulling people over in an attempt to make this type of arrest.

Woman charged with DUI after striking crossing guard

On Aug. 29, it was reported that a Tennessee school crossing guard was struck by a 26-year-old driver. The incident occurred in front of Brighton High School in Brighton at about 7 a.m.

The driver involved in the accident said that she dropped her phone while driving on U.S. 51. She struck the crossing guard while reaching down to grab it. The crossing guard was airlifted to a nearby hospital immediately following the incident. At the time this was written, her condition was not known.

What's needed to protect the accused from police body cams?

Police body camera use is the subject of a great deal of debate. We have touched on some of the issues in previous posts, most recently in June. Earlier still, in 2015, we highlighted how police authorities then were concerned about the growing pressure to use these devices.

The specific concern expressed was that cameras could violate privacy rights of victims, juveniles or bystanders captured on video unexpectedly. Since then, Tennessee lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at protecting innocent individuals by designating that certain footage must remain confidential.

Can police look in your glove box?

Another part of your vehicle may be off limits from a police search. A recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals determined that a police officer can’t search the glove compartment to find information readily available elsewhere—such as registration.

Michael Curtis Painter was outside of his vehicle after a police chase and crash in Spokane, Washington. After his arrest, an officer opened the glove box in search of registration, finding a handgun inside. Painter isn’t allowed to carry a gun, leading to another criminal charge. The officer needed registration for the accident report, but the court ruled they could have got that information without searching the vehicle because the VIN number can be read from outside of the car and then looked up on a computer.

Man accused of drug crimes following crash in Tennessee

When a crime occurs, police in Tennessee and other areas of the country often rely on eyewitnesses to help them determine who committed the crime. However, many people's views are often skewed due to the shock of an unexpected event. Despite this, police say they were able to track down a man who they believe committed drug crimes, among others, based on eyewitness testimony.

The incident that lead to the man's arrest is said to have occurred one evening in early August. Reports indicate that police arrived at a scene in which a car -- said to have been stolen -- had crashed into a tree and telephone pole. Incident reports indicate the driver had left the scene before police arrived.

Tennessee bride pulls gun on groom; jailed for domestic violence

If you drive northwest of Chattanooga for about an hour and a half, you'll arrive in Murfreesboro. The city isn't often in national news, but a recent incident there put the Rutherford County locale on the map for a day or two.

A bride who had just been married was arrested on domestic violence charge after she allegedly pulled a gun out of her wedding dress, aimed it at the groom's head and pulled the trigger. The couple still has a chance to live happily ever after: the gun was not loaded.

What should I do if I'm pulled over with a gun in the car?

The story has played out in the past. A man is pulled over and tells the officer that he has a gun in the car, but he is permitted to carry. The situation escalates as the officer reacts and now someone is in jail, injured or killed because someone failed to handle the situation properly. As a driver in Tennessee, how do you properly inform a police officer of the presence of a firearm during a traffic stop?

Remain calm and cooperative

Everyone understands that when police approach a vehicle, they don't know what to expect from the driver. Police act with vigilance to protect themselves and the general public, which is why the presence of a handgun or rifle, even if you are permitted to carry, is alarming to an officer. 

How many people are arrested for DUI in Tennessee?

Have you been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense in Tennessee? Or, do you know someone who is facing driving under the influence charges? Either way, one thing that can be helpful at a time like this is to know that you are far from the only person in this situation. In fact, statistics show that drunk driving arrests in the state have been on the increase in many counties over the course of a few years.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the number of DUI arrests in Hamilton County jumped from 36 in 2010 to 242 just five years later in 2014. Increases were seen every year in between, first to 55 in 2011, then to 62 in 2012 and to 186 in 2013 before reaching 242 in 2014. Neighboring Marion County also experienced increases in DUI arrests every year from 2010 to 2014 starting with 48 in 2010 and rising to 97, then 165, 208 and hitting 243 in 2014.

Important factors in an embezzlement charge

If you have heard stories of people being accused of embezzling in Tennessee, you probably have some idea that embezzlement entails some form of theft. However, if you ever find yourself on the other end of an embezzlement accusation, understanding a bit more about these types of allegations will be important as you move through your defense process.

As explained by Jean Murray in the personal finance publication, The Balance, there are four very important factors that a prosecution will want to show in order to support charges of embezzlement, two of which can often times be very difficult to prove. One of these elements that is difficult to conclusively prove is intentionality. This may include the fact that a defendant consciously knew what they were doing was wrong and make the active choice to do it.

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