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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: if i am a first time offender and got charged with shoplifting at walmart what will happen

it was 40$ all together i had to book in and out of jail not i have court

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answered on Feb 15, 2024

Walmart is pretty serious about prosecuting shoplifting. Nevertheless, the outcome depends to a certain degree on what county you are in.

In Davidson County, for example, you have a good chance of getting the case retired if (1) it is your first offense, (2) if you pay restitution, and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can a drive off tag be displayed in my rear windshield in algood tennessee?

Was pulled over and told having it here where the dealership put it was illegal and it must be taped to the rear mount.

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In Tennessee, the placement of temporary tags, often referred to as "drive-off tags," is regulated by state law. These tags are typically issued by dealerships when you purchase a vehicle, providing a temporary registration until your permanent plates arrive. According to state... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights, Municipal Law and Employment Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can an employer put up camera surveillance in the workplace without disclosing their locations? I love in Tennessee

I understand and agree to camera surveillance in the workplace for security. But my employer wants to use it to “keep an eye on productivity”. She claims she’s not going to tell us where said cameras are, but I feel like this may be a violation of employee privacy. Especially if we need to... View More

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

In Tennessee, employers generally have the right to install cameras in the workplace for purposes such as security and monitoring productivity, provided the surveillance does not occur in areas where employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as bathrooms or locker rooms. However, the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Tennessee on
Q: Hello my boyfriend was arrested for car theft walking home from work because they mistook him for someone else. Help ?

Hello my boyfriend was stalked then arrested walking home from work because they mistook him for someone else.They said he was arrested for stealing a car. He doesn't even know how to drive. He's never driven out of the 5 years we've been together neither does he posses a license.... View More

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about this distressing situation. It's important to take immediate steps to address this. Firstly, securing a lawyer experienced in criminal defense is crucial. They can assist in navigating the legal process, ensuring your boyfriend's rights are protected, and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: Honda dealership commiting a class d felony against a consumer and lying and misleading them and refusing buisness

owning a new Honda Civic Type Base Hatchback i currently have an ongoing issue with Cookville Honda's auto dealership for them practicing fraudulent auto dealer practices with which i filed a complaint with the Tennessee Division Of Consumer Affairs with which Sierra Pruitt got in touch with... View More

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

Based on the details provided, it does seem like the dealership may be engaging in deceptive or fraudulent practices which could violate Tennessee's Consumer Protection Act. Here are the key next steps I would recommend:

1. Continue working with the Tennessee Division of Consumer...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Employment Law for Tennessee on
Q: Guy at work intentionally blew toxic microplastics on me with leaf blower with no provocative actions to make him do tha

Now I fear of excessive inhalation on to microplastics. Also running around bragging about it to everyone. Bosses seen it and done nothing too

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

If your description of the events is accurate, what this person did was clearly wrong and concerning. Some key points to consider:

- Intentionally blowing toxic substances like microplastics on someone with a leaf blower, especially without provocation, could qualify as assault and battery...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: What are my rights as a tenant in TN?

Our apartment flooded due to an external pipe busting. Our property manager is not handling the situation well. Our walls have water damage that is not being treated properly. What can we do?

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

As a tenant in Tennessee, you have specific rights and protections under state law. When your apartment experiences flooding and your property manager is not adequately addressing the situation, there are steps you can take to protect your rights and seek resolution.

Firstly, notify your...
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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: Double jeopardy, on Dec 17 2022 went to jail later that night for friends paraphernalia pipe left in my center console.

Double jeopardy, on Dec 17 2022 went to jail later that night my friends paraphernalia pipe my center console. I was pulled over earlier that morning heading from Danville Arkansas to Dardnell Arkansas from my friend I was visiting heading to the Walmart in excitement finding a PS5 i had managed to... View More

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answered on Jan 15, 2024

The concept of double jeopardy, as outlined in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, protects individuals from being tried twice for the same offense after either an acquittal or a conviction. However, in your case, it appears that you are dealing with two separate incidents: one involving... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Q: My landlord passed away. I've been living there for going on 3 years. His kids are his beneficiaries and they just stole

Stole my stuff and changed the locks what do I do

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answered on Jan 8, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. It's important to know that as a tenant, you have rights that must be respected, even in the event of a landlord's passing.

First, if your belongings were taken and the locks changed without proper notice, this could be considered...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: I called 911 for a vehicle that resulted in a death. I was held in a cop's backseat for over 3 hours. 4th amendment?

I was the witness to the aftermath of a crash. It happened around 3:30am right outside my apartment. I tried helping them but they passed before the fire department got there because the vehicle was on fire. It was really sad because they were yelling for help. After the police arrived, I sat in... View More

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answered on Jan 5, 2024

Your experience sounds extremely distressing, and your concern regarding a possible Fourth Amendment violation is understandable. The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, which includes the detention of individuals by law enforcement.

Being held in the back...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Libel & Slander and Small Claims for Tennessee on
Q: If someone threatens or says they can obtain private information from the FBI about me, could I press charges on them.

I was at their house and she told me she could obtain private information on me. It was verbally said. I was not the only one who heard this as well. I have 2 other witnesses.

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answered on Jan 4, 2024

If someone threatens to obtain private information about you from the FBI, this situation raises concerns, but whether you can press charges depends on the specifics of the incident. In general, making a threat to obtain and possibly use private information can be seen as intimidating or harassing... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: Can a male cop take you to jail with only towel around you in handcuffs
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answered on Dec 27, 2023

In the United States, law enforcement procedures regarding the arrest and transportation of individuals are subject to strict guidelines that prioritize safety, dignity, and legal rights. If you find yourself in a situation where you are only wearing a towel and are placed under arrest, the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Tennessee on
Q: I got coerced to leave a job after I had an inpatient hospitalization. Do I have grounds to sue for discrimination.

I was not permitted to come back to my original position. I was given three options: move to a much-lower paying position and take a $5 pay cut, get ADA accommodations, or leave and get a severance.

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

In Tennessee, if you feel that you were coerced to leave your job following an inpatient hospitalization, there may be grounds to consider a discrimination lawsuit. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Communications Law for Tennessee on
Q: TN Law - I've stated that I will press harassment charges against a company/"company" if they continue to call me.

I've been making that statement for years, but I'm guessing I should know what I can and can't do. If there is a telemarketer/company rep/spam call and have hung up on them more than 1-2 times, I will notify them that I will file harassment charges if they continue to call me. So... View More

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answered on Dec 24, 2023

In Tennessee, the laws regarding harassment typically apply to behavior that involves threats, intimidation, or repeated unwanted contact that causes emotional distress. When it comes to telemarketers or companies continuously calling, this can be a nuisance, but it may not always meet the legal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: Iam i in trouble

I had customer steak from my store, i posted their Picture and video on facebook. The parent text me and said the will s

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answered on Dec 24, 2023

Posting a customer's picture and video on Facebook, especially in relation to an accusation of theft, can lead to legal complications. This action raises concerns about privacy, defamation, and potentially other civil rights issues.

If the person depicted in the video or photo is a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Tennessee on
Q: What actions can be taken against someone who has posted a hateful image of someone else on a public forum negatively?

The person has also made verbal threats to the person they are posting about.

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answered on Dec 21, 2023

If someone has posted a hateful image of another person on a public forum and made verbal threats, several potential legal actions can be taken in Tennessee. First, the person targeted may consider reporting the incident to law enforcement, especially if the threats involve violence or pose a... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Small Claims for Tennessee on
Q: What actions can be taken against someone who has posted a hateful image of someone else on a public forum negatively?

The person has also made verbal threats to the person they are posting about.

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answered on Dec 23, 2023

In Tennessee, posting a hateful image of someone else on a public forum and making verbal threats can lead to both legal and civil actions. The nature of the image and the threats can determine the specific legal remedies available.

If the image falls under defamation (libel if it's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Does the county circuit court clerk’s office have an obligation to redact private info, i.e. SS#?

An attorney requested records from the circuit court clerk’s office in Jefferson County, TN regarding a 13 year old case involving a petition for an order of protection and subsequent granting of a restraining order by a judge. I was the petitioner. The records released to this attorney contained... View More

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answered on Dec 17, 2023

In Tennessee, there are laws and regulations that govern the handling of sensitive personal information in public records, including those held by the circuit court clerk's office. Generally, these offices are expected to redact confidential information like social security and driver's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Tennessee on
Q: Does an attorney have the right to provide my social security number and DL number to someone?

An attorney that I do not know requested records from the circuit court clerk. These records were 13 years old and included my Social Security number and drivers license number. This attorney then gave these records to someone and they were mailed anonymously to the president of my HOA. This... View More

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answered on Dec 12, 2023

In Tennessee, as in other states, attorneys are bound by certain ethical and legal standards regarding the handling of sensitive personal information, such as Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers. Generally, attorneys should not disclose such information without a valid legal... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Domestic Violence for Tennessee on
Q: Can I be charged with unlawful possession if I’m at my girl friend house and she has guns? We have different address

We have different addresses and she wrote a statement and got on the stand testified she lied on me but they still charging me for something I didn’t do. I even have photo evidence she had a gun pointed at my face. I need help immediately please.

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answered on Dec 12, 2023

In Tennessee, being charged with unlawful possession of a firearm depends on several factors, including your specific circumstances and legal status. Merely being in a house where guns are present does not automatically make you guilty of unlawful possession. However, if there are certain... View More

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