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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: If pulled over for following too close and then drugs are found in vehicle and no citation was given for the offense you

Were stopped for does that make it an illegal search

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Mar 19, 2020

THE STANDARD FOR A SEARCH IS PROBABLE CAUSE, WHICH IS A LOW STANDARD. IT COULD BE THAT THEY SMELLED SOMETHING OR SAW SOMETHING.

YOU CAN FIGHT IT; HOWEVER, IT IS A TOUGH BATTLE.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Insurance Defense for Tennessee on
Q: So I got pulled over in my bfs car on my way to work with no insurance. We then go insurance the next day.

What will happen at court?

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Feb 19, 2020

You could be fined; however, I have found the courts to be friendly to you if you demonstrate that you have acquired insurance when you appear at court.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: How long is a criminal tresspass for when. It is a manager at a walmart who called the cops on you.
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Feb 15, 2020

I'm not sure that I understand your question. There would be a reason that you would be guilty of trespass at Walmart, like a prior theft. If there is a warrant out for you, you will need to consult with an attorney to help you with it, because it will not just go away.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Are police officers required to arrest people with Misd. Violation of Probation Warrants?

What are the consequences if they do not?

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Feb 14, 2020

Yes. Violation of Probation is treated seriously in the State of Tennessee. If you have a warrant out, then you should consult with local counsel.

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Q: What physical or mental disabilities would allow a defendant to avoid jail?

Can a defendant avoid jail time if they had a bona fide disability that could not be treated in jail?

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Feb 12, 2020

It is possible; however, you need to consult with a local criminal defense attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can I hire a lawyer with an outstanding warrant?or do I have to turn myself in first?
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Feb 9, 2020

You can and should hire an attorney at any given point. Some courts will require you to turn yourself in, and in others, the attorney may be able to get you out of the warrant.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: I was found guilty of criminal contempt for violating an ex parte order of protection. Can it be expunged?

On the court website the charge shows as violation of a protection order, but it should have been criminal contempt. I know violating a order of protection is not expungeable, but I don’t know if criminal contempt is expungeable. I’m not sure if I should be worried that the charge may have been... Read more »

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Feb 7, 2020

Generally speaking, in the State of Tennessee, anything that shows you are guilty will stay on your record forever. A plea bargain is an admission of guilt. If it was a first time offence, then you may be eligible for diversion. If you get that, then you will have a suspended sentence for one... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: if someone gets you charged with a crime and locked up can you have them charged with a crime as well?
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jan 29, 2020

You can file a charge with the local police department against anyone that has committed a criminal offense against you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: I have a question about the court system in child neglect / and or / failure to protect.

Can mother be prosecuted and put on probation for said crime when accused has not been convicted?

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jan 21, 2020

No. You have to be convicted for there to be some type of sentence. A conviction can either be by a jury or if you accept a plea by the District Attorney, you are convicted. I would hire a local attorneyl

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: how do i find out someones court date in Georgia that is incarcerated?
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jan 19, 2020

Call the Court Clerk's office in that county, and they will tell you.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Agricultural Law for Tennessee on
Q: I was let go today and sold a service that was complete, but not paid for yet. Am I still eligible for the commission?

We aren't paid out our commissions until the client pays. I was not terminated for poor job performance, and I completed most of this particular job myself before I was terminated.

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jan 16, 2020

If you have a contract, then you should have a breach of contract action.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: My boyfriend was arrested for domestic violence against me i want to drop charges can i if so how i think the state

Pressed The charges originally but if im the victim cant i have them dropped

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Jan 14, 2020

You can drop the charges all you want to; however, the State will still think there is or was a case. It could take you 3 to 4 court cases to completely get them dropped if you back off. Don't file charges if you don't mean them.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Tennessee on
Q: My boyfriend went back to prison for violating parole for skipping State how much time will he get
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Dec 4, 2019

It varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. First, I would read your probation agreement, and see what it says. Ultimately it is up to the judge. Courts treat Violation of Probation seriously, so I would definitely retain a local criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: In Tennessee what degree of abuse would allow severe child abuse charges to be filed

A 3 month old baby has several bruises and the dr at Vanderbilt states the child is a victim of physical child abuse. He has been injured with hands and objects. If he is returned to his parents he is likely to sustain life threatening if not life ending injuries. Would this not be enough for... Read more »

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

Based upon our experience, if all facts are true, as stated, then the DCS is taking a polar opposite view than they do around here. I would make sure that they are cognizant of all relevant facts, because once they open up a case, it rarely comes to an end anytime soon.

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Q: Hi, I have a second charge of petty theft. My first charge was 5 years ago and case was deferred and charges expunged.

What am I looking at with second charge. I was told possible 11/29. Would that be jail time or probation?

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

If your charges were actually expunged, meaning no record of them, then this would technically be a first, and you could get 11/29 probation. Definitely hire a lawyer or have one appointed for you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Tennessee on
Q: They to find out if I can get my two felonies exponged.

Felonies are all car accident related one is aggravate assault, and the other is vehicular homicide.

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Nov 24, 2019

Your question is difficult to understand; however, I don't see anyway you can get felonies expunged. If you are seriously concerned, you should contact a local attorney in your jurisdiction.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: If I have a ankle monitor on and I cut it off is that considered a escape
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Nov 21, 2019

In our jurisdiction (Hamilton County), it is a Class F Felony for which you will be charged.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: My daughter was accused of fraudulent returns at her job and pocketing the money to the sum of $1200.

Other than her login information being used they have no proof that she did the charges

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

I would be careful of making any admissions on a public site. If she did not do it, then I would consult with a local criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for Tennessee on
Q: If I have a misdemeanor theft charge from 7 years ago that was expunged and deferred, does 1st charg I get a 2nd charge,

Does 2nd charge count as 1st charge? Does 1st charge exist? Can the 2nd charge be deferred also?

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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Nov 16, 2019

I think that you got it reversed. If you do diversion, then your sentence is deferred, then expunged. Regardless, if a record is expunged, then it is not a charge. So, yes, your next one would be a first.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: How do i get a court date for an inmate that violated his parole? Failed drug test.
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Mr. Kent Thomas Jones Esq. answered on Nov 15, 2019

Unless you are an attorney, then you are going to have problems getting a court date for someone you know. Generally speaking, in some jurisdictions there may be something like a 10 day rule before they have to go before a judge. Only an attorney who knows the judge and the jurisdiction well will... Read more »

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