The above headline for today's blog entry might reasonably have a few extra words tacked on to it, namely these: especially when it happens to me.
When police officers and prosecutors state that what they assert in a criminal law matter is the flat-out truth and that there is absolutely no doubt about it, there's no need for a criminal defendant and his or her defense counsel to question anything, is there?
Almost immediately after your DUI arrest, you may have sensed that things could go very badly for you. If you refused to take a blood alcohol test, officers probably warned you of Tennessee's implied consent law, which means the court could suspend your license if you don't submit to the test. Even if this was your first offense, you could be facing time in jail in addition to substantial fines, fees and other penalties.
Under the following scenario, who is more likely to be looked at in disapproving fashion by a judge or jury: a well-seasoned adult with a long string of criminal convictions who is now facing charges relating to a stolen car or a hasn't-shaved-yet teen offender with no prior record who went joy riding with some friends and is facing a similar charge?
"A shadow is falling" over Americans, says one law professor who recently penned an article chronicling his frustration and fear in the wake of a news report he found particularly unsettling.
FBI-authored data point to Tennessee as being a state that has a comparatively outsized problem when it comes to incidents linked with violent crime, at least in one recent year.