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Tennessee vehicular homicide case ends with sentencing

Even so-called sovereign citizens may find themselves in need of a criminal defense attorney if the worst happens and they find themselves charged with a crime. As with many crimes, the stakes are high when it comes to charges of vehicular homicide. An unusual point of view should not be used against a defendant when deciding the accused's case. Only the facts are relevant. A recent Tennessee case highlights the importance of preparing a strong criminal defense when charged with a serious crime. 

On July 4, 2015, a man was charged with several crimes when he allegedly drove through a crowd, killing one man and injuring several others during a fireworks show. The man was a self-proclaimed sovereign citizen, a rare political standpoint that proponents argue exempts them from certain restrictions of their rights. Some sovereign citizens reject U.S citizenship as well.

Felony DUI penalties can be stiff in Tennessee

Penalties for breaking the law are stiff and getting stiffer all the time. An overzealous court can set up defendants to suffer for much more than they bargained for if they are convicted of a crime. One such crime with stiff penalties is felony DUI. A recent news story out of Tennessee tells about the charges against one man and reveals what the penalties for DUI can be. 

The man was arrested for his alleged fifth DUI. Such repeat arrests are subject to felony charges in Tennessee. The man was charged for the latest DUI last year and will soon appear before a judge for a hearing. The DUI also came with other charges, including reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. 

Failed sobriety test for Tennessee school board member

Driving under the influence can have serious impacts on a person's life and career. These consequences can exist whether another person is harmed as a result of the DUI or not. In a recent news story, a failed sobriety test for a Tennessee man has led to legal and career consequences. 

The man was driving a city vehicle when he pulled into a local convenience store on June 1. The man was brought to the attention of authorities when he apparently backed into a parked vehicle in the store parking lot around 8 p.m. The officer on the scene reports that the man appeared to be intoxicated, and the officer also claims to have detected alcohol on his breath. The incident resulted in a failed sobriety test for the man and a charge of DUI. 

Knoxville man sentenced for felony DUI

Serious consequences exist for drivers operating a vehicle under the influence. In Knoxville, felony DUI charges can equal lengthy prison stays in addition to hefty fines if a person is convicted. In such circumstances, an accused person needs a strong criminal defense. Recently, a man was sentenced to 10 years after being convicted of his 15th DUI. 

The 64-year-old man was convicted of driving under the influence, sixth or subsequent offense, making it a felony for him to ever operate a motor vehicle. The man has a string of drunk driving convictions going all the way back to the 1980s in several states and counties. For the most recent event, a police officer apparently spotted the man's vehicle crossing the yellow lines.After he was pulled over, a toxicology test apparently showed his blood alcohol content as 0.197, well over the legal limit. 

Evidence ruled as inadmissable in vehicular homicide case

Being involved in an automobile accident that claimed the life of another person is a traumatic experience. In addition to the emotional impact of such an accident, a driver would likely face serious legal problems. A Tennessee man had been charged with vehicular homicide following a 2015 accident. However, a recent decision by a judge in his current trial deemed certain evidence inadmissible.

On June 25, 2015, travel on I-75 had slowed when a truck driver allegedly ran into traffic. According to prosecutors in the case, the crash near Ooltewah involved nine vehicles. As a result of the accident, six people, including two children, were killed.

Father faces drunk driving charges

Texting and driving can potentially lead to serious accidents on roadways in Tennessee and around the nation. In efforts to reduce accidents caused by distracted driving, many states have prohibited drivers from texting when they are behind the wheel. Police officers are increasingly diligent in attempting to curb this behavior and often stop those drivers spotted texting while driving. As a result of a recent stop, one driver must now evidently deal with drunk driving charges in addition to the claimed texting violation.

According to Nashville police, a 29-year-old man was traveling on Briley Parkway. He was apparently pulled over for not maintaining his lane and also texting while driving. Reports state that officers told the driver they planned to search his car after they purportedly smelled marijuana. Officers claim the man told them he needed to talk to his 11-year-old son in the back seat of his car to explain the situation. However, police stated that instead of speaking with his son, the man drove his car away, reaching speeds over 100 mph.

Tennessee woman faces 2 charges of vehicular homicide

There are serious consequences for Tennessee drivers who get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence. If convicted, the penalties may include fines, loss of license or jail time. However, when an injury or death occurs after a driver's intoxication, more dire charges could follow. A Newport woman faces charges of vehicular homicide after a recent accident in East Tennessee.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that only one lane of northbound traffic was open due to a truck fire. Officers claim a 43-year-old woman struck a pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old man. The man and his 50-year-old father died after their truck caught on fire from the impact, according to reports.

Sobriety checkpoints target more than drunk driving

DUI checkpoints are controversial, to say the least. In fact, several states have decided they are unconstitutional and do not allow police to use them as a means of finding and deterring drunk drivers. However, Tennessee law enforcement uses sobriety checkpoints and apparently finds them useful for more than DUI arrests. A recent report shows that drunk driving makes up only a small portion of the offenses charged at these checkpoints.

Over 3,000 drivers were stopped at the 10 checkpoints instituted over the past year. Among those, only seven were arrested for DUI. However, about 130 people were arrested or ticketed for other offenses. Registration violations and equipment malfunctions made up about 70 of those charges, and many who received citations or were placed under arrest questioned whether police were acting within the scope of law.

Dickson woman faces drunk driving charges after accident

When a Tennessee resident is in a car accident, the main concerns are typically whether any people are injured or the extent to which the vehicles are damaged. However, if a person involved in the accident is suspected of drunk driving, other issues quickly surface. A recent incident near Nashville finds a driver facing charges after a traffic accident.

A 32-year-old woman was involved a car wreck in Dickson on April 1. She was charged with driving under the influence, according to the Dickson Police. During a search, an officer reportedly discovered cash and drugs in the woman's vehicle, then placed them in the front of his car. At this point, reports show that the woman was transported to the jail. However, upon arrival at the jail, the cash and the drugs were apparently missing.

Drunk driving charges follow multiple accidents

Tennessee is among the strictest states for DUI penalties. Impaired driving in the state, whether it is due to drugged or drunk driving, is not tolerated, and the penalties can affect a driver's way of life for many years. When an impaired driving charge is compounded by multiple other offenses, a driver may have many concerns about the future. One woman is currently facing charges stemming from a series of accidents that occurred while she was allegedly under the influence of drugs.

Witnesses say the 32-year-old woman drove through a red light into the path of another vehicle just before 8 p.m. one recent evening. While the two occupants of the vehicle were not injured, their car sustained enough damage to need a tow truck. Meanwhile, the woman reportedly continued driving, allegedly failing to stop at a second intersection. Her car struck a pickup truck, which rolled onto its roof.

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