As you watch the news or drive by one of Tennessee’s correctional facilities, you may think you could predict who you would find on the other side of the door. Perhaps you have a picture of a prisoner in your mind. Maybe you consider the offenses that landed an offender behind bars. However, the 2018 fiscal year report from the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) might be of interest, especially if you are open to exploring your possible race, gender or age bias.
A father from Knox County, Tennessee, is now mourning the loss of his 2-year-old daughter from behind bars. He was driving the vehicle at the time of the violent crash in which his daughter sustained injuries that ultimately claimed her life. The 26-year-old man now faces charges of driving on a revoked license, driving without insurance and second-offense driving under the influence in connection with the accident that occurred on Friday. Upon the father's release from the hospital on Monday, authorities took him into custody, where he remained as of Tuesday morning.
It seems that the claim of self-defense is thrown out so often when people are facing murder charges that it has lost its credibility as a viable defense. Yet if and when you are placed in a position of needing to use force (even lethal force) to defend yourself and/or others, you might question what other alternatives others might say that you have. Many in Memphis have come to us here at The Law Office of Massey McClusky McClusky & Fuchs wondering if the law does indeed designate when lethal force may be justified. If your intent in using such force is facing scrutiny, then you may be happy to know that it does.