Category: Criminal Law

New Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit Law In 2020

Current Tennessee Handgun Permits Tennessee handgun carry permit holders are currently allowed to carry a firearm openly or concealed. Applicants must complete an approved handgun safety course within one (1) year of the date of application including classroom and firing range hours. Applicants must also pass a background check and pay a $100.00 fee. There [..]

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Blocking a Public Street is a Crime in Tennessee

A traffic safety bill makes blocking public highways and streets in an area restricting emergency vehicle access a misdemeanor In April of 2017, SB 0902 was signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. The law criminalizes obstructing streets and highways in a way that would restrict emergency vehicle access. Sponsored by state Representative Jimmy [..]

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Firearm Silencers Now Legal in Tennessee

The Tennessee Hearing Protection Act of 2017 lets people use silencers on guns A law passing the First of May 2017, taking effect July 1st , the Tennessee Hearing Protection Act of 2017 makes silencers officially legal in the state. Also referred to as “sound suppressors,” silencers are metal devices that attach to, or are [..]

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What You Need to Know if Your Teenager Gets a DUI

An underage DUI can have lasting consequences for your teenager Tennessee law enforcement has little tolerance for underage drinking, let alone underage drinking and driving. If you are under the age of 21 and found to have a blood alcohol level of at least .02 percent while you are driving, you can be arrested for [..]

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Can You Get A DUI from Using Cold Medicine?

Taking cold medicine might be legal, but operating a vehicle while using this medicine may land you in trouble Cold and flu season is upon us. Simple over the counter cold medicine can provide great relief to those in the throws of coughing, sneezing, and congestion. However, there are often side effects that can leave [..]

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Drug Overdose Deaths Increase in Tennessee

Recent figures released show drug-related deaths in the state continue to climb. The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) recently released data revealing that 1,631 Tennessee residents died from drug overdoses in 2016. This puts 2016 as having the highest number of fatal drug overdoses in the recorded history of the state. There was a 12% [..]

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First Steps to Take After Being Arrested

Know how to prevent a bad situation from getting worse. No matter what the circumstances, being arrested is stressful, emotional, and brings every day life to a screeching halt. First, know that trying to avoid arrest by fleeing the scene will only make things worse. Do not make any attempt to strike out at anyone. [..]

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Know your rights and keep a cool head at sobriety checkpoints

At DUI checkpoints, police officers set up to stop vehicles and check for impaired drivers. Tennessee uses these checkpoints. The locations are temporary and you can usually find out the locations of the checkpoints in advance. Check ahead of time to avoid these locations if possible. If you are already out and about and see [..]

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