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Bail (Getting Released from Jail)

Tennessee Code Annotated § 40-11-104 and the statutes that follow govern the rights of a defendant in relation to bail. See also, Tennessee Constitution, Article 1, Section 15.  Keep in mind that this blog entry is not comprehensive in nature.  It is only a general summary of the law as of the date the blogRead More »

Expunging (Erasing) Your Criminal Record

  If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime, but were never convicted, you may petition the court to have any related records expunged if you meet the following requirements: The charge(s) against you were dismissed A “no true bill” was returned by a grand jury The court entered a “nolle prosequi”Read More »

If I Am Arrested, Do I Have to Answer Police Questions?

  If you are arrested, the police must read you your Miranda rights if they want to: 1. Question you;  and 2. Use your responses as evidence against you. Miranda rights are derived from the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, and allow you to remain silent if taken into police custody. The Miranda rights, asRead More »

What legal rights do have if I am arrested for a Tennessee crime?

Everyone in Tennessee has certain rights that are guaranteed by both the United States and Tennessee Constitutions.  In fact, those charged with Tennessee crimes may have more rights than people in other states.  These legal rights include, but are not limited to: The right to have a lawyer represent you. If you cannot afford aRead More »