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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: Where would I call to file a criminal charge for official misconduct on tn city employee, no response from demand letter

We sent a demand letter to the city a few weeks ago and recieved no response. Whom do we contact to file a criminal complaint on a city employee for official misconduct.

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 27, 2019

Any criminal complaint would be filed through your local sheriff's office. That is a matter for the District Attorneys to handle.

If you made a demand for monetary damages and threatened criminal prosecution, that would subject you to charges for criminal extortion, so be careful....
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: Can they drop 2 counts of child abuse felony type A to a misdemeanor?

Broken ribs . Since I’m mother the blame me .

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 26, 2019

I'm not fully certain that I understand your question. In a generic sense, it is possible to drop felony charges to misdemeanor charges; however, it sounds like you are in a tough situation, just base upon what you said. You need to consult local criminal defense counsel as soon as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: In Tennessee i was charged with possession of paraphernalia when calling ambulance for an overdose is this a legal charg

I chose not to go with down to the hospital but my blood pressure was 80 / 60 they strongly advise me to but I chose not to I didn't want to walk back and could not afford it plus I felt better after I threw up a few times in their presence It also says in the paper that they gave me when they... Read more »

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 25, 2019

If you had parafernalia, you had it. I would consult with a local criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: Are you legally allowed to carry a gun if you were in a mental health institute, not appointed by a judge?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 23, 2019

Probably not. Go to a local gun dealer that does checks through the TBI and find out whether you can qualify or not.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: Im considered a career criminal and i got a felony evading charge and they are trying to give me 6 @ 60% but the whole.

But the whole reason i ran is i have ptsd and it triggered a flash back and subsequently a panic attack so i freaked drove off,is not a way i can recieve probation instead of prison bc of my mental condition

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 23, 2019

Criminal law is difficult to judge as providing an answer. If you are going for probation instead of prison, then you will have to provide affidavits, depositions, or live testimony from your provider. I would not enter into a plea bargain without first contacting a local criminal defense... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Tennessee on

Q: Regarding caregiver and heir Tennessee Estate

Last 4 years of my fathers life I took care of him by doing anything and everything that a person who can barely walk and who can’t drive needs to have done. My dad told me that If I did those things I could live with him rent free and he’d help me with anything I needed. Year one I helped... Read more »

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 23, 2019

There are a lot of considerations in this type of situation. If you have an advanced directive, which is essentially a power of attorney for health care, and a regular power of attorney for financial issues, that will help. The next consideration is nursing home care, and, statistics show that a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Probate for Tennessee on

Q: First probation violation what will my wife get?

Ok my wife got interstate probation transfered to Indiana from Tennessee there was a domestic issue in the home probation officer told her she had to go live with her uncle in Kentucky gave her a travel permit on her visit to probation she failed a drug test and probation officer call her uncle ask... Read more »

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 23, 2019

First of all, violation of probation is treated seriously. It really depends on the PO and the judge. Some of my clients get violated after 4 times, and for others it is earlier. There are a lot of scenarios. Jail time is common; however, a lot of time if you are working, you can do it on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: If I ask someone to not call,text,or bother me on my cell phone and they violated that warning is this a criminal matter

None

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 18, 2019

You've given them notice, but if you are serious about it, in a criminal sense, then you need to file for an Order of Protection with your local police department. If they bother you then, you have the right to call the police and have them arrested. As always, I suggest consulting with a local... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: My sister charged me with theft of a ring. I'm charged with theft under $500 for a ring that I had pawned

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 13, 2019

I'm not sure what the question is, because this is a statement. In Tennessee, shoplifting is formally called Theft of Property $500 or less. Theft in Tennessee is graded by dollar amounts–$500, $1000, $10,000, and anything over $10,000. Theft $500 or less is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable up... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on

Q: My 16 year old brother lives with me but our older sister has guardianship of him; who has to be at court for his felon

I was the one who spoke to the cops and dealt with it with them. Our sister can’t take off work as easily as I can. Since he lives with me, does she have to be at court too?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 12, 2019

She should be there with him as his guardian; however, you could be subpoenaed as a witness.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: I HAVE A CLASS E FELONY FAILURE TO APPEAR -39-16-609(e) Failure to appear (felony) IN MEMPHIS WANT TO KNOW BOUT EXPUNGE

COULD I GET IT EXPUNGE

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 11, 2019

Likely not considering the charge. You should consult with local criminal defense counsel to help you out.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: if I was charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and entered a home is it a class A misdemeanor in Tennessee

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 9, 2019

39-14-406. Aggravated criminal trespass.

(a) A person commits aggravated criminal trespass who enters or remains on property when:

(1) The person knows the person does not have the property owner's effective consent to do so; and

(2) The person intends, knows, or is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Adoption, Probate and Wrongful Death for Tennessee on

Q: What is the distance that Tennessee will extradition

I'm living in Florida and I now have a probation warranty in Tennessee

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 9, 2019

I had a guy picked up in Philadelphia, PA by Tennessee Dectectives, because he did not serve his 48 hours for 1st time DUI. He was flown to Tennessee and put in jail.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on

Q: What does s notice to seek enhanced punishment or impeachment mean?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 6, 2019

Generally, in my experience, the District Attorneys file notices to seek enhanced punishment when you refuse their plea bargain and decide to fight.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: I was told by chief investigator, Wayne county sheriff dept in Waynesboro TN that had warrant & to turn myself in!

If active warrant is in effect, shouldn't he have arrested me on the spot?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jun 4, 2019

You can always call the criminal court clerk and ask if there is a warrant for John Doe (substituting your name).

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: I was charged with theft under $500 2 years ago but now I’m getting charged with $1366 theft from my work place

What will be my income if I’m taking to court my employer gave me 3 weeks to pay that money but I just got new job and no I won’t start until the 27th of May and I wont get paid until the 5 of June I’m in the state of Tennessee just need help

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on May 19, 2019

If you could re-think your question and rephrase it, maybe I could answer it. I have no idea what you are making or what your income will be.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: In Tennessee can I be detained at Walmart for not showing my receipt?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on May 18, 2019

Yes. Walmart is one of the most notorious companies for prosecuting theft, and they can detain you for not showing a receipt for the goods that you took outside of the store.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: If the arresting officer was not at court, could you still sign your deal?

My boyfriend has been in jail for almost 6 months now. He got arrested for drugs and guns and they sent the drugs off to see what they were. Tuesday the judge said he had time served and that Thursday he could sign his deal and get out Wednesday. However, the arresting officer was not there and now... Read more »

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on May 11, 2019

I think that you can make a deal with the District Attorney. You need to get criminal defense counsel.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: My sister is 17 and her bf is 21 and she thinks she is pregnant I was wondering if he could get into trouble

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on May 8, 2019

Yes. If she is under the age of 18 and her boyfriend is 4 years older than her, it is considered statutory rape.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on

Q: How much time can some do for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Tennessee?

Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on May 3, 2019

The severity of the punishment for aggravated assault will depend on your intent when the assault occurred. For instance, if the aggravated assault was intentional, then you may be charged with a class C felony in Tennessee. This means that you could spend anywhere from 3 to 15 years in prison if... Read more »

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