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December 31, 2020
Tax mistakes are not a crime

If someone ever tells you that they’re nervous to do their taxes, what they’re really telling you is that they’re worried they might make a mistake. Unlike many other developed countries, the United States still makes its citizens do their own taxes, rather than simply telling them what they owe or taking the money out […]

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December 17, 2020
Is marijuana legal in Tennessee?

It feels, at times, like marijuana legislation is sweeping across the country. Colorado was one of the first states to legalize recreational use, but it has been followed by many other states. This seems to be a trend that could make its way everywhere. For instance, the most recent approvals for recreational use came from South Dakota, […]

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December 2, 2020
Could a biased juror give you grounds for an appeal?

As someone in the United States accused of a criminal act, you have certain rights. One of the most important rights for a criminal defendant is the right to a trial by jury. A jury of your unbiased peers makes a decision based on the evidence presented in court and delivers the verdict. Having a […]

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November 16, 2020
Grounds for relief: A habeas corpus petition

When you believe that your incarceration is unfair, you need to look at every possible avenue for relief under both state and federal law. One of the options you may have is a writ of habeas corpus. What is a writ of habeas corpus? A writ of habeas corpus (which means “produce the body”) is essentially an […]

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November 11, 2020
Did ineffective counsel impact the outcome of your trial?

One of your most basic rights as someone accused of a criminal offense is the right to defend yourself against those pending charges. Your criminal defense attorney is in a position of both trust and power. You have to trust in their decision-making and intelligence to help get you out of this difficult situation. You […]

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November 3, 2020
How much do you really know about the Fifth Amendment?

Most everyone has some idea of what “pleading the Fifth” means. They’ve seen people do it hundreds of times on the various incarnations of Law & Order and seen or heard people do it in real-life legal proceedings. The idea that a person shouldn’t be forced to incriminate themselves dates back to the very earliest founders of […]

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October 19, 2020
Visiting Nashville? Protect against DUI charges

There are many reasons to visit Nashville, with many people doing so because of its nightlife. From music venues to bars to restaurants, there’s no shortage of locations for having a good time. Unfortunately, if you take a good time too far, you could find yourself in trouble with the law. Here are some tips […]

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October 7, 2020
Tips for your application for clemency or pardon in Tennessee

Getting any kind of executive clemency in Tennessee takes work. As of 2016, it was estimated that roughly 150 people in the state apply each year and only three or four of those people succeed. Most are summarily denied before they even reach the governor’s desk — mostly because they don’t pass the screening criteria established by […]

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September 20, 2020
Can you appeal if you don’t like the outcome of your criminal trial?

Anyone who doesn’t get the outcome that they expect during a criminal trial may naturally hope that they can appeal the verdict. Appeals are a little more complicated than that, however. An appeal can only happen if there is a clear reason why that case needs to be reviewed again. The reasons can be anything […]

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September 11, 2020
Appealing a case? Work with an appellate attorney

You were tried for a crime, and you ended up being convicted. Your initial response was that you wanted to appeal the case, because you didn’t feel like the outcome was fair or appropriate based on what really happened. When you spoke with your trial attorney, they told you that they wouldn’t take the appeal to […]

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