The U.S. Constitution makes it unlawful for law enforcement officers to conduct searches and seizures without following legal protocol. If police perform a search and seizure unlawfully, arrest an individual and accuse him or her of crimes as a result, the accused person might be able to get the charges thrown out.
If your home, car or premises has been searched by law enforcement in Tennessee, you may be wondering whether that search was actually allowed by law.
Many people are familiar with a search warrant, a signed court order by a judge that allows police to lawfully search a certain place to look for certain items.
In some criminal matters, the statute of limitation may run out before a suspect is ever found. A proposed Tennessee law seeks to prevent this from happening in the future by allowing law enforcement to charge unidentified DNA with violent crimes.
When someone is accused of doing something wrong, it is not uncommon for that person to try to get away, regardless of whether or not the person is guilty. The threat of being arrested can trigger a person's "fight-or-flight" survival instinct, which can make the person believe that running away is good idea. Unfortunately for two men in Memphis accused of robbery, their "flight" only led to more trouble.
Memphis readers may be surprised to find out that a person doesn't have to commit an unlawful act in order to be charged with an offense. Criminal charges can also result when a person allegedly fails to do something, so long as that person had a duty to do so. Under these circumstances, a strong criminal defense is necessary.
Sometimes good citizens run into trouble with the law. That appears to be what happened to a Memphis police officer who was sentenced recently to four years in prison following his arrest on drug charges. The officer was arrested in the course of an FBI sting operation. What must make the whole affair more painful for the officer is that he was betrayed by an old friend who was being used by federal authorities as an informant.
Readers in Memphis, Tennessee might be interested to know that a former FedEx driver in the state was arrested for delivering more than just packages. The Tennessee man was allegedly dealing prescription pain pills while on his delivery route. He is now facing drug charges.
In today's world, a person doesn't have to be a skilled computer expert in order to be charged with computer crimes. Recently, a Memphis private investigator found this out the hard way. His legal access to a well-known database eventually led to federal charges being brought against him.
When George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four was published, it may have caused some of its readers to fear omnipresent government surveillance. Today, thanks to the popularity of camera phones and social networking services like Facebook, it appears some people are unknowingly encouraging such surveillance. Recently, the Multi-Agency Gang Unit in Memphis used a cellphone video to arrest two teenagers for allegedly robbing and beating a young man. They are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and are entitled to a criminal defense attorney.