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.
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.
Anyone who has watched a television crime drama or crime documentary program has likely heard the term "probable cause" being used. Indeed, the phrase borders on a term of art, or a mantra: Many know the words, but not so many understand their significance.
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?
A Tennessee man shot and killed an armed intruder who entered his home. Even though he and his family were safe after all the events transpired, they are still dealing with the repercussions of the shooting.
Self-defense might be a part of the defense strategy for a Bowling Green, Kentucky, resident facing assault charges. State law authorizes the use of physical force upon another person if the following circumstances exist:
For a criminal case defendant, negotiating with the criminal justice system often starts at the moment of apprehension or arrest. It can be as simple as trying to persuade a police officer not to write you that speeding ticket, or if that fails trying to convince the traffic court judge that you shouldn't have to pay the ticket amount, or at least not all of it.
In any criminal trial an effective defense attorney will attempt to suppress any evidence that may have been obtained illegally by police due to an improperly issued search warrant. Often the suppression of this evidence will leave a gap in the prosecution’s chain of evidence needed for a conviction. Once the court rules to suppress the evidence, the criminal defense attorney may be in a better position for a plea negotiation to reduce, or even dismiss, a criminal charge against a defendant.
Terrorism and the threat of terrorism have once again been making headlines internationally. But in the legal sense, the concept of terrorism is not something confined to foreigners in faraway lands. In fact, Kentucky law recognizes the act of terrorizing someone else as a crime in this state.
Like most people who watch television on a regular basis, you probably know and can recite the warnings police read when placing someone under arrest that begin: "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law."