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Bond and post-conviction matters: often central to criminal defense

Both real-life and fictional (read television shows and movies) portrayals focused upon criminal defense matters often center on court room scenes, with accompanying emphasis on the complexities and drama that sometimes unfold in select cases involving defendants.

Things to know when facing assault charges in Tennessee

If you think back to the incident that led to your arrest, there may be various things you wish you would have done or said differently. You may even regret some of the choices you made that day, such as allowing yourself to be drawn into the altercation that took place. Regardless of the details of your particular situation, if it landed you behind bars in a Tennessee jail, things may get a whole lot worse before they get better.

Will 'textalyzers' soon be used in traffic stops?

Distracted driving in Tennessee is still a problem even with a state law that bans the practice of texting and driving. It appears that many motorists believe that police officers won’t stop and cite them for breaking anti-texting rules. Also, a “texting” ticket does not put points on one’s driving record.

Polarizing police program both lauded, condemned in Knox County

One prominent advocate of a law enforcement program that targets illegal immigrants lauds its alleged upsides, which he says include the positive results it will bring by lessening overcrowded jails and reducing outlays that local governments spend in crime-fighting efforts.

An age-old problem in criminal law: shaky eyewitness testimony

The witness -- a seemingly solid citizen with no overt reason to fabricate or otherwise manipulate material fact -- swears to tell the truth and then points squarely at the seated defendant, telling a jury panel and crowded courtroom that he personally witnessed that person's unlawful act.

Senator: AG's pronouncement on criminal sentencing out of touch

It goes without saying that the political reality that daily plays out on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures across the country is marked far more by partisanship and rancor these days than it is by any shared sense of purpose or camaraderie.

How should Nashville police have responded to judge's request?

When the below-cited incident occurred last year, those involved likely never considered that it would blow up to writ-large proportions, result in the resignation of a Nashville General Sessions judge and bring about a fair amount of criticism for the city's police chief.

Viewpoint: White collar crime sentencing often misses the mark

The writer of a recent opinion letter inked for a national media publication would likely nod in instant agreement with comments we prominently make on our criminal defense website at the long-established Law Offices of Thomas T. Overton in Nashville.

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