Q: Does defendant qualify for immunity under TN 63-1-156?
Defendant found by police, legally parked and unconscious. Administered naltrexone and taken to UT where he submitted to lab tests. Has been sitting in jail for months with dui in Knoxville and vop in Murfreesboro. Wishes to file habeas under TN 63-1-156. First offense.
A: That medical care defense to a charge might work, and is definitely something that should be used at a Preliminary Hearing. If no Hearing was held and only Bound Over, then he missed his opportunity to raise the Defense. But it can be used again after Indictment, but possibly only at Trial. Habeas Corpus might get it going, but I doubt it will be a successful Constitutional challenge. Hire a competent attorney immediately.
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