Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Evidence Of Prior Convictions: Can You Be Asked About Your Past Criminal Record If You Testify In Your Own Defense?

A thorny problem for a defendant in a criminal case concerns the question whether the prosecutor can ask him about his prior criminal record if he takes the stand in his own defense. Obviously, the prosecutor wants the jury to know about that prior record because she thinks it may help her get a conviction.

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Arrested For DUI In Tennessee While “Sleeping It Off” In Your Parked Car?

Can You Be Arrested for DUI in Tennessee if You Are “Sleeping it Off” in Your Parked Car? “So let the good times keep on rollin’ Open up the cooler, I’ll do the pourin’ Baby, ’cause this night is just gettin’ goin’ There’s no need to worry ’bout the mornin’ ‘Cause we’ll just sleep it

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What Does “Reasonable Doubt” Really Mean?

Anyone who grew up watching T.V. shows or movies about criminal prosecutions is generally familiar with the principle that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless the prosecution proves his guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Who could forget, for example, the riveting story in “12 Angry Men” about a jury’s deliberations in a capital

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Why you Should Not Represent Yourself in a Criminal Case!

Let’s say you’ve been arrested for an alleged DUI offense.  You were driving home from a party and an officer stopped you upon observing that you appeared to be unsteady in your lane of traffic.  You failed a field sobriety test and your blood alcohol level tested at .08, which is the threshold for a

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