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What does Tennessee consider to be "mitigating circumstances?"

Sometimes for a criminal defendant in a Tennessee court simply denying any wrongdoing may not be enough, especially if it seems likely that the jury will find that at least some culpability exists. The criminal justice system does not always lend itself to black-or-white outcome; a defendant is not always either acquitted or given the maximum punishment.

Connection between Kentucky legal limit and breath test refusal

Prosecutors in Kentucky have the upper hand in proving a DUI charge thanks to the addition of an illegal per se clause in the state's drunk driving laws. If a motorist is stopped by police and charged with driving while intoxicated, evidence that the driver's blood alcohol content level was 0.08 percent or higher is sufficient for prosecutors to obtain a conviction without any additional proof that the individual's driving abilities were affected.

How Kentucky law defines burglary

For many people, the idea of a burglar is someone who breaks into a home for the purpose of stealing things inside of it. While this definition is technically correct as far as it goes, a more detailed look at Kentucky law shows that the crime of burglary can encompass multiple behaviors other than breaking into a home to commit theft.

Kentucky offers alternatives to prison in sex crimes cases

A person accused of committing sex crimes in Kentucky faces serious penalties if prosecutors are able to prove that the allegations are true. The state's criminal laws allow a judge to sentence a person to a lengthy prison sentence and to order that the person be registered with the sex offender registry.

It may look like drunk driving, but is it?

Law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and courts throughout Kentucky do not take drunk driving charges lightly. Those charged and convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence may face fines, license suspension and other penalties. An important point to bear in mind is that a DUI charge is not the same as a conviction. Charges are just allegations until they are proven in court or until a person pleads guilty to them.

What happens during a field sobriety test in Kentucky?

A Bowling Green motorist who has the misfortune of being stopped by a police officer on suspicion of driving while intoxicated might be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. The purpose of the test is to provide the officer with the probable cause needed to take a driver into custody on drunk driving charges.

Life without parole is not an option for juvenile offenses

The first impression of what could be a juvenile crime is probably joyriding or shoplifting a DVD from a department store, or maybe a bit more serious matter, such as possessing marijuana. But rarely if ever does one think of murder as a juvenile crime. And how does a judge mete out justice to a 14-year-old when the adult sentence for the crime is life in prison?

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