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Is it time to revisit how the state treats juveniles given life sentences?

Without question, one of the more controversial issues in the area of criminal law is juvenile sentencing, particularly the appropriateness of sentencing people to life in prison for crimes committed while they were teens, a timeframe in which research has long shown that the human brain is still developing.   

Committed to helping young people fight DUI charges

In a matter of weeks, colleges and universities throughout Tennessee will be going on spring break, giving students a much-needed reprieve from their academic pursuits and associated responsibilities. While many of these younger people will be flocking to popular beachfront destinations in Florida, Texas and even Mexico, others will be staying closer to home, perhaps remaining on campus or heading home for the holiday.

Tennessee's sexting laws are poised for legislative overhaul

When many parents stop and reflect on their teenage years, they may simply chuckle to themselves and shake their head. More than anything, this simple action serves as a sort of tacit recognition that they engaged in antics when they were younger that were puerile at best and illegal at worst.

Tennessee law calls for serious penalties for illegally hunting big game

For people throughout Tennessee, hunting is more not just a hobby or something to do on the weekends, but rather a way of life. Indeed, the tradition of hunting everything from turkey and deer to elk and bear with rifle, muzzleloader or bow has been passed down by countless generations of families here in the Volunteer State.

Am I guilty of a crime if I share my prescription medication?

Imagine this: You've just had surgery, after which you are prescribed an opiate painkiller such as Percocet or Oxycodone. You take the pills for awhile, but quickly realize you won't need all of them. A friend of yours, however, has been complaining of pain and could benefit from your remaining pills. You ask yourself: Is it okay if I give them my remaining pills?

New law introduces major changes to Tennessee's criminal code

Now that 2017 is officially here, most people are keeping busy with their resolutions for the new year. While these vows to spend more time with family, shed a few pounds or finally give up smoking are certainly laudable, they may can people to temporarily lose track of current events.

How the states handle interrogation of juvenile suspects - II

Last week, our blog discussed how the experience of being questioned by law enforcement officials in connection with a criminal offense can prove to be incredibly intimidating for juveniles, many of whom are frightened, alone and unable to comprehend the gravity of the situation.

How the states handle interrogation of juvenile suspects

Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of being questioned by law enforcement officials, or who has even just provided a witness statement or filed a report knows how intimidating the experience can be. Indeed, everything from the bright lights and undeniably claustrophobic feel of the interrogation room to the grim expressions and cold questioning of the officers can rapidly make any individual feel very uncomfortable.

What does Tennessee law really have to say about voting selfies?

While it may seem hard to believe, we are inching ever closer to Election Day. Indeed, early voting is currently in effect for those voters who will be unable to make their way polling stations on November 8, while those who are undecided still have a little less than two weeks to make up their minds.

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