The unfortunate reality for many men and women released from prison is that despite paying their debt to society and their commitment to getting their lives back on track, the road ahead does not always prove to be particularly easy or even particularly fair.
If you were to ask the average middle school or high school student to show you what was in their pockets, chances are very good that in addition to such staples as gum, tissues and lip balm, the majority would also pull out a smartphone.
If you make a living operating a hazmat vehicle or some other type of commercial truck in Tennessee, you're likely aware that you're bound to stringent safety standards. Any type of traffic violation or criminal charges while driving can place your commercial driver's license at risk. Many people depend on their CDLs to make ends meet and provide for their families, so incurring a license suspension or losing a job can be devastating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.