Like every other state, Tennessee has some very detailed laws on the books concerning the illegal possession of drugs for personal use. While you are more than likely aware of this fact, you may not be entirely clear on how these laws work.
In a previous post, our blog began discussing how even though most people are fully aware of some of the criminal consequences that can accompany a conviction on domestic abuse charges -- jail time, steep fines, criminal record, etc. -- they might not have a full appreciation of the collateral consequences.
While news reports often make it seem like every driver on the road is dangerous, the reality is that good drivers outnumber bad drivers by a considerable margin. Yet, no matter how conscientious most drivers may be, there is virtually no chance that they've ever not crossed a road line.
Most people understand that if they've been charged with domestic abuse, they are facing some potentially serious criminal consequences including jail time, large fines and a permanent record.
Many people who are convicted of a DUI may think that the charge will be a figurative scar on their record, forever following them wherever they go. Trying to get a new job? Sorry, you have to check that little box. Trying to find a new place to live? Well, your criminal past will show up when the landlord runs a background check on you. Want to vote in an upcoming election? Too bad, you're probably barred from registering.