Tennessee residents who find themselves accused of domestic violence by a spouse, partner or relative may understandably feel scared. These types of accusations can lead to serious charges and knowing how to respond is important. The laws in Tennessee are strict and even include a new law passed in 2014 that addressed sentencing for people convicted of domestic abuse.
It may come as a surprise to many people to learn that Tennessee has some of the strictest laws in the nation when it comes to the possession or purchase of firearms by those individuals convicted of domestic violence charges.
In a series of posts, we've been providing some background information about protection orders here in Tennessee, including the circumstances in which they are typically granted and, most recently, how temporary protection orders -- or TPOs -- 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.
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.
Over the last few years, an increasing number of police departments across the nation have been rolling out a new piece of equipment that experts say could serve to change the face of law enforcement as we currently know it.
Last week marked the official opening of the Family Justice Center here in Chattanooga. For those unfamiliar with the center, it is designed to provide victims of domestic violence with easy access to everything from medical assistance to legal counseling under a single roof.