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February 18, 2020
Roadside breath tests: What you should know

When a law enforcement officer asks you to submit to a roadside breath test, you may feel anxious and alarmed. Facing a driving while driving charge is daunting and overwhelming. You may think that the reading obtained from the breath test device is enough to charge and convict you of a DUI. There are some […]

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February 3, 2020
Defendant charged for over $60K after admitting to $20K theft

After informing her employer that she embezzled $20,000 from the assisted-living facility she worked for, a Tennessee woman handed over a personal check for that amount. She also submitted her resignation. As reported by WBIR 10 News, a little over 18 months later, the woman found herself facing a Monroe County Grand Jury indictment. The charge […]

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January 29, 2020
What is ineffective assistance of counsel?

If you are accused of a crime, you have the right to legal representation. Many people choose to hire an attorney. Some cannot afford a lawyer, and the court appoints public legal counsel. Whoever represents you, you have the right to a well-managed trial by a competent lawyer. Your counsel should do everything in his […]

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January 24, 2020
Bar fights may lead to severe penalties

Nashville is a popular tourist spot with numerous bars and clubs, and it may be easy for a visitor to make a poor decision after one too many drinks. Unfortunately, even a minor confrontation in a bar may lead to significant legal charges and consequences. While bar fights may seem relatively harmless, they frequently lead […]

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January 9, 2020
Getting your criminal record erased

If you have a criminal record in Tennessee, it can alter the trajectory of your entire life. It can affect where you live, the types of jobs you can hold and whether you can get a loan. At Patrick T. McNally, Attorney at Law, we assist clients with their appeals and expunging criminal records. According […]

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January 4, 2020
Does the governor see all pardon applications?

In the state of Tennessee, the governor has the authority to grant pardons and commutations. So it is natural to think that the governor is certain to see your application for a pardon. However, some pardon applications may not even reach the desk of the governor. There are certain hurdles a pardon application must clear […]

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December 12, 2019
What do I do when caught traveling with a bong in Nashville?

If you love to travel and party, visiting Nashville may be one of the items on your goal list. However, when you visit this beautiful state known to be the home of country music, you need to be very vigilant and extra careful about the state laws. It is effortless and ordinary for amazing trips […]

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December 11, 2019
Jail time and other penalties associated with tax evasion

Most Tennessee residents are fearful of finding themselves on the receiving end of a tax audit, and with good reason. An audit involves the Internal Revenue Service taking a close look at virtually every aspect of your taxes, and if anything appears to be amiss, you could face serious, potentially life-changing consequences. Patrick T. McNally, […]

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December 4, 2019
What is the duty of candor?

When you hire a defense attorney, you know that he or she will work hard on your case. However, an attorney walks a fine line when defending a client. He or she must stay within the limits of the law when pleading your case and defending you. It is not always an easy task, but […]

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November 18, 2019
How do criminal appeals work?

After a criminal conviction, you might be wondering where to turn. If you did not get a fair trial or if something else happened that subverted the justice system, there is a possibility that you could find recourse through the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. Unfortunately, you would not be alone if the court system […]

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