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Jun 24, 2020

T. Scott Jones Discusses Important Concepts in Criminal Defense

By |June 24th, 2020|Criminal Defense|Comments Off on T. Scott Jones Discusses Important Concepts in Criminal Defense

What exactly is an arraignment?  An arraignment is generally the first step in the criminal process. Sometimes you'll hear it referred to as an initial appearance. It is where you're brought before a neutral, detached magistrate and apprised of your Constitutional rights. That is the right to remain silent and the right to have counsel of your choice, and/or counsel appointed for you. When we talk about counsel, we're talking about folks like me, T. [...]

Jun 17, 2020

The Danger of Exploding E-cigarettes

By |June 17th, 2020|Burn Injuries|Comments Off on The Danger of Exploding E-cigarettes

The dangerous effects of e-cigs have been underreported and misjudged until recently. However, this is starting to change. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently published information indicating that the use of these devices resulted in more than 2,000 hospitalizations associated with burn and explosion injuries from 2015 to 2017. In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a consumer warning about the extreme dangers of exploding vape pens, although these occurrences are rare. The [...]

Jun 10, 2020

Settle or Go to Trial? Helpful Videos from T. Scott Jones and Chris Beavers

By |June 10th, 2020|Criminal Defense|Comments Off on Settle or Go to Trial? Helpful Videos from T. Scott Jones and Chris Beavers

Going to trial in criminal cases Do I always have the right to have my case tried before a jury?  Fortunately, in the United States, we have a process that affords rights to the criminal defendant. Those rights have been secured by the United States Constitution and ere in East Tennessee, by the Tennessee Constitution, which is basically the governing body of law for the state of Tennessee. Those inalienable rights give you the right [...]

Jun 3, 2020

Why Using an At-home Breathalyzer Won’t Protect You from a DUI

By |June 3rd, 2020|DUI|Comments Off on Why Using an At-home Breathalyzer Won’t Protect You from a DUI

Traditionally, law enforcement officials were the only individuals who had access to breathalyzer devices that are supposed to measure a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC). However, these devices are now available to anyone. Although some degree of accuracy may be achieved with these DIY breathalyzers, there also serious questions as to the reliability of the readings they can produce. In addition, there are other potential negative consequences of relying on these devices to keep you out [...]

May 27, 2020

If I Was Texting When I Was Involved in an Automobile Accident, Am I Automatically to Blame?

By |May 27th, 2020|Auto Accidents|Comments Off on If I Was Texting When I Was Involved in an Automobile Accident, Am I Automatically to Blame?

 Texting or distracted driving can lead to accidents. It can also to lead to liability, in particular if you're using any type of a mobile device  – you can call it texting, you can call it Facebook, you can call it Snapchat, Instagram – however you use that device, if it distracts your ability to maintain a lookout in the direction in which you are driving then you're likely going to have a problem. Also [...]

Apr 15, 2020

My 18-Year-Old Son Got a Simple Possession of Marijuana Charge. What Do I Do?

By |April 15th, 2020|Criminal Defense|Comments Off on My 18-Year-Old Son Got a Simple Possession of Marijuana Charge. What Do I Do?

 So your 18-year-old son got a simple possession of marijuana charge. It's anything but simple. Marijuana in the state of Tennessee is illegal. We're not the "just say no" police; we're the reality folks that help you in this time of need. A marijuana charge has ramifications outside of the criminal system, including but not limited to an effect on an ability to get student loans, and to qualify for financial aid packages in the [...]

Apr 8, 2020

Whiplash – A Serious Injury

By |April 8th, 2020|Auto Accidents|0 Comments

We have no control over the actions of other drivers, passengers, traffic or road conditions. As a result, auto accidents unfortunately can and do happen, leading to a wide variety of minor and major injuries. One such trauma which often results from auto accidents is whiplash. Although whiplash isn’t a visible physical injury, it can cause a patient long-term pain and discomfort. What is whiplash? Also known as neck strain or neck sprain, whiplash is a [...]

Apr 1, 2020

What Percentage of My Income Is Paid as Child Support?

By |April 1st, 2020|Family Law|0 Comments

 A lot of times, people call and they ask what percentage of their income they have to pay as child support. In the state of Tennessee, the law changed several years ago, and it's no longer a percentage of your income, but rather it's done on a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, wherein certain factors are plugged in; and based on those numbers, there's a formula in that spreadsheet, and it tells you how much the child [...]

Mar 25, 2020

What Happens If You Commit Assault in Knoxville?

By |March 25th, 2020|Criminal Defense|0 Comments

The state of Tennessee takes the crime of assault extremely seriously. An assault conviction can follow you for the rest of your life, with a criminal record that could prevent you from gainful employment, renting or buying a home, and other negative consequences. If you’ve been arrested for assault, it’s important to understand the charges against you. What are the different types of assault charges? Assault is a broad term; however, there is more than one [...]

Mar 18, 2020

How Do I Know if My Employer Has Workers’ Compensation Coverage?

By |March 18th, 2020|Workers Compensation|0 Comments

 How do you know if your employer has workers’ compensation coverage? Well, your employer is required to have workers’ compensation coverage if they have five or more employees, or if that employment is involved in the construction industry, which is very widely defined. However, a lot of times your employer may be required to have workers’ comp coverage, and they actually don't. In that situation, to find that out, you're gonna need to contact an [...]

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