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Senior Chattanooga cop arrested for DUI

Anyone who has been arrested in Tennessee for driving under the influence might feel a twinge of schadenfreude when they read of the recent DUI arrest of a Chattanooga police lieutenant, but it’s important to remember that everyone has the same presumption of innocence and right to defend themselves.

According to a news report the veteran police officer was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and charged with DUI. He has since been placed on administrative leave.

Tennessee EMT accused of pulling gun on teen pranksters

We have in recent weeks seen news items about several Tennessee football players accused by law enforcement of wrongdoing. After the University of Tennessee defeated the Chattanooga Mocs, Vols linebacker Jeremy Banks was arrested and later released from the team. Cornerback Bryce Thompson was allowed to return to the Vols after his August arrest on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge.

The most recent arrest doesn't involve the Vols, however. Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Jimmy Robinson Jr. was arrested after he allegedly pulled a gun on a group of teens who had knocked on his suburban Nashville home and then ran off. Robinson, now an EMT (emergency medical technician), faces two counts of aggravated assault.

Can I use my stealing addiction as a form of defense?

Addictions can come in many forms. Having an addiction to stealing or shoplifting is a recognized condition, known as kleptomania. You may not be aware that you have kleptomania, but if you find yourself compulsively stealing, it is possible that you meet the diagnostic criteria.

If you have been accused of shoplifting in Tennessee, you should consider whether you have an addiction to shoplifting. If you are diagnosed with kleptomania, you may be able to use this to your advantage when defending yourself. In addition, you will be able to gain professional help.

Tennessee state trooper charged with domestic assault, resigns

According to news reports, a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper has quit his law enforcement position after his recent arrest. The former officer was charged with domestic assault and aggravated assault after an incident at his home.

According to a police affidavit, a utility worker noticed the former officer’s wife crying outside the couple’s home about 300 miles west of Chattanooga in Tipton County. The utility employee then called the local sheriff’s department, a news report stated.

Tennessee domestic violence charges have a ripple effect

When Chattanooga police officers are called to a house or apartment where there’s been a domestic dispute between boyfriend and girlfriend, or husband and wife, and there is evidence of an assault, they must make an arrest – even when both people say that they don’t want the other arrested.

Police arrest who they believe to be the “primary aggressor,” but in many instances where there are contradictory versions of events, it is difficult to determine who that is. So in some cases, both people are arrested. In others, the confusion over contradictory stories can mean that the victim is actually arrested and charged with domestic assault.

Types of theft crimes in Tennessee

Not all instances of theft are treated the same under the law. For example, being found guilty of stealing property from a shop will be treated differently than the act of engaging in fraud or not paying what is owed at a restaurant.

If you have been accused of theft in Tennessee, take time to understand the laws that apply to your situation.

Tennessee couple, others face sex crimes charges in sting operation

If you drive north of Chattanooga for about 140 miles, you will come to Pall Mall. The small town in Tennessee’s Wolf River valley has fewer than 2,000 residents. According to news reports, a couple from the Fentress County burg were recently among the 24 people arrested in an internet sting operation.

“Operation Just Cause” resulted in two dozen arrests on a wide variety of sex crime charges in an area stretching from Kansas to Wisconsin and from Florida and Georgia to Pall Mall. Suspects range in age from 19 to 65 and face charges that include distribution of child pornography, aggravated child molestation, illegal solicitation, trafficking of persons for labor or sexual servitude, and sexual exploitation of children.

An arrest can put a college student’s hopes and dreams at risk

Classes have resumed at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which means it’s time for students to find that balance of study and fun so that they can enjoy a productive time on campus as they work toward degrees and productive careers. For some students, those goals can suddenly appear nearly impossible to achieve after they have been arrested.

All criminal charges filed against college students are serious because they put academic pursuits and career ambitions in danger of never being realized. According to a university police report on arrests, the most common accusations involve alcohol and drugs.

Understanding the defenses to the charge of public intoxication

Drunk driving is illegal in all states, of course. What many people do not realize is that being drunk and disorderly in a public place can be a crime. 

If you have been accused of public intoxication in Tennessee, it is vital that you take the time to fully understand where the law stands on this. By doing so, you will be able to take the appropriate action by asserting your rights and defending yourself.

Chattanooga man accused of riding a horse while drunk

It isn’t often that any of us gets to make national news, but that’s exactly what a Chattanooga man did a couple of days ago. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested the man on Dallas Hollow Road after he allegedly rode a horse while drunk.

The good news for the man is that he was not charged with DUI, but was instead cited for public intoxication after a deputy apparently saw him riding down the middle of the road and falling off of his steed.

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