Imagine the confusion and consternation of a commercial trucker who drives routinely across Tennessee with a loaded gun inside his or her rig and never encounters a problem with law enforcers, yet can suffer legal peril for that same act once a new state is entered.
"I changed the 1 to a 4 and added a whole bunch of zeroes."
Instead of going to a job interview, you went to the campus security office for an interrogation. Instead of preparing for an internship, you prepared a defense statement. Instead of feeling excited about your future, you are now dreading it.
It has long been a maxim of criminal law in Tennessee and nationally that sentencing outcomes should not universally be the same for adult and juvenile offenders, respectively, when they have both committed a closely similar crime.