Most drug users in Tennessee are not dealing drugs or trying to distribute the drugs to others. They simply want to have enough of the drug for their own personal use. People in this situation may also give some to friends or family from time to time for their limited use, but nothing beyond that. While this may seem harmless compared to those who are involved in selling them or bringing in the drugs from other countries, there are still serious consequences for those caught possessing drugs.
There are many things and services that people in Tennessee may want or need for their daily lives. In order to get these things people usually need to pay for them. Some people are lucky and may win contests or prizes, but for the most part people need to pay. If people take the things or services without paying for them, they could be charged with theft. The penalties for theft, if the person is convicted, can be very severe.
There are many things that young people are taught in Tennessee. One of these lessons is to not take what does not belong to them. When children take a toy from another child, they are reprimanded and may go to timeout, but the consequences are not very severe beyond that. However, when people are adults and decide to take things that are not theirs to take, they could face theft charges and the consequences can be much more severe depending on the circumstances.
Many people drink alcohol from time to time in Tennessee. There are many different events where alcohol is served, or people may simply consume it as a way to wind down after a long day. In moderation, alcohol does not cause many problems, but when people consume too much, they can find themselves in bad situations.
Expungement, meaning the process of removing arrests, charges or convictions from a person's criminal record, has recently become a hot topic of conversation here in Tennessee owing to the enactment of a new law lowering the felony expunction fee by $170.
A few weeks ago, legal observers -- and much of the nation -- were closely following a criminal trial in Massachusetts involving a 20-year-old woman charged with involuntary manslaughter for sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to take his own life, which he sadly did.
Statistics show that the both the Metro-Nashville area and Davidson County have seen a troubling trend in recent years: an increase in both juvenile crime and violence. As discouraging as this development is, the good news is that the reaction of local officials hasn't been to simply make more arrests.
In our previous post, we discussed how a new law here in Tennessee lowered the amount of the felony expunction fee from a staggering $350, the third highest in the nation, to a more manageable $180.
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.