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Johnson City Man Sentenced to 216 Months in Prison in Plea Deal

By admin on February 17, 2015

A Johnson City man was recently sentenced to 216 months in prison for his role in a cocaine conspiracy. He admitted his plan to distribute between 5-15 kilograms of cocaine in a plea deal. The man, his wife, and a supplier, had negotiated and made sales to a police informant, who collected evidence against all three. The man’s wife is awaiting sentencing, on March 12 of this year.

When law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for this man’s residence, a subsequent search returned an ounce of cocaine, digital scales, substances used for “cutting” or diluting the drug, cash, money orders, and a gun. The search warrant for the supplier’s house contained similar amounts of crack cocaine and paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 121 months of prison for drug and gun charges. Read the rest »

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What happens on your Fourth DUI conviction?

By admin on February 11, 2015

In Tennessee, DUI laws are very strict in hopes of dissuading people from getting behind the wheel after drinking. A first time conviction may result in any combination of court-ordered programs, hefty fines, license revocation, and more. When all is said and done- this first offense can cost you up to $7,500 and more, in addition to countless hours spent in a program and/or completing court-ordered community service. But what happens after a fourth DUI offense? While such a situation may seem unlikely, it does happen more than you may think. In addition to being considered a Class E Felony, a fourth conviction has many caveats that make it more than just inconvenient.

First of all, the fines associated with a DUI crime are severe. On your first offense, you won’t be fined any more than $1,500 (which is still a pretty penny). However, on your fourth conviction, fines alone can be as high as $15,000; ten times that of a first offense. Additionally, the fines do not take into account the costs of towing, bail, attorney retainer, high risk insurance, court fees, and mandated class costs, all of which will have to come out of your pocket. Usually, a heavily restricted license will be made available to a driver six months into a year-long revocation, after a first conviction, that is. A fourth-time offender, however, does not have that option and faces a minimum EIGHT YEAR revocation. Read the rest »

Posted in: DUI  | 

What to Tell Your Attorney for a Successful DUI/DWI Defense

By admin on February 6, 2015

It’s commonly known that the punishments for a DUI/DWI conviction can be severe and limiting, which is why many people will explore their legal options when faced with this situation. For most, facing a DUI allegation will lead to their first experience with hiring a lawyer – and it can be a daunting experience. Everything you say and do, even if it seems unimportant, can make all the difference in your case. When meeting with your attorney, make sure you include the following:

The Absolute Truth

A common mistake that people make is to not be forthcoming with the truth of the situation to their own attorney. It’s important to understand that the attorney works for you, and their job is to persuade the court that they cannot convict you of the current charges without a reasonable doubt. They have your best interests in mind. So, withholding whatever the truth may be helps no one, including you. Your legal representative needs as much information as possible. Tell the truth about previous events, such as prior convictions, and other legal issues you may have had. The information you provide can alter your attorney’s approach to your case, which in turn can help you achieve a desirable result. Read the rest »

Posted in: DUI  | 

Three Questions You Might Have If You Have to Install an Interlock Device on Your Car

By admin on February 2, 2015

Under Tennessee law, an “ignition interlock device (IID)” is usually required for all first time DUI convictions. These are devices that are hooked directly into your car’s ignition that will allow it to start, given a couple of requirements.

How Does It Work?

The electronic device is installed into the ignition of the car that requires the driver to provide a breath sample before the driver can start the vehicle. After this happens, the driver’s blood alcohol content (or BAC) will be calculated. If the BAC is greater than the allowed level, which in Tennessee is 0.02%, the car will not start, and the event will be logged in a report that will eventually be sent to the court. Additionally, random breath tests are required while the engine is on to ensure the sample provided was authentic and the driver is maintaining a safe minimum BAC. Read the rest »

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