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May 20, 2020
Nashville Bar Association Announces Jack Norman, Sr. Award Recipient, Patrick T. McNally

The Nashville Bar Association is proud to announce Patrick T. McNally as the 2020 Jack Norman, Sr. Award recipient. He is a 1977 graduate of Wake Forest University and a 1982 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and has been practicing criminal defense law ever since. Since 2010, he has practiced at […]

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May 15, 2020
Avoid marijuana if you are visiting Nashville

Marijuana is still illegal in Tennessee. It is important to remember this if you are making a cross-state road trip to visit Nashville and enjoy its fantastic live music scene. Just because some of the big-name musicians that played here have a reputation for smoking pot, does not mean you can. Nashville tried to decriminalize the possession […]

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May 15, 2020
Could an undisclosed conflict of interest lead to an appeal?

The people who work in the legal system get held to a relatively high standard when it comes to how their personal interests affect their job. Neither a judge nor an attorney should play a role in a criminal case where they have either personal experience that would contribute to bias or some kind of […]

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May 8, 2020
People tend to drink more and earlier when traveling

Thinking of heading to Nashville for a vacation later this year? You probably don’t actively consider it in advance, but odds are you will drink more on your trip than you would at home. On top of that, you may start drinking earlier than you would otherwise.  In one study, people who were traveling were […]

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April 30, 2020
What is the difference between tax fraud and a mistake?

People often feel nervous when doing their taxes, as if any little mistake they make is going to lead to an investigation by the IRS, serious financial fines and perhaps even jail time. This makes the tax season very stressful because the vast majority of Americans are not tax professionals, but are still required to […]

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April 22, 2020
Partying in Nashville? Protect your future and know your rights

Nashville is known as a wonderful place to party, but partying comes with its own risks. If you are out drinking, there is a potential for you to get behind the wheel of your car and to try to head back to your home or hotel for the night. Even if it’s a short drive, […]

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April 13, 2020
Should you defend yourself if you’re investigated for embezzlement?

You have worked with your employer for years. You worked up the ranks and eventually came to be a district manager. You’ve been very busy. Recently, your employer has been unusually particular about your region’s finances. You’ve been asked to turn over multiple accounting documents and feel that there is something unusual going on. Should […]

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April 3, 2020
Illegally obtained or mishandled evidence and your appeal

The evidence that law enforcement officers collect is one of the most important parts of a criminal case. Without evidence, ranging from physical evidence like DNA or fingerprints to testimony from witnesses, or even a confession from the person accused, it is typically not possible for a prosecutor to build a case. After all, the […]

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March 5, 2020
Can you get your criminal record expunged?

There are basically three categories of cases which may be expunged in Tennessee. First, cases in which charges were brought but which did not result in a conviction can be expunged. Second, cases that were resolved pursuant to a diversion agreement or sentence may be eligible to be expunged. And third, recent changes in the […]

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February 21, 2020
Is your criminal record eligible for expungement?

Being convicted of a crime can affect your ability to find work, apply for a loan or rent an apartment, but how much would your situation improve if your criminal record was erased? Some states are performing mass expungements of some criminal offenses; for example, CNN reports that Illinois is expunging around 800,000 marijuana convictions after legalizing […]

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