Category Archives: Multiple Offenses

Tennessee Repeals Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender Law

“Tennessee State Capitol, Nashville”by Gary Lee Todd, Ph.D. is licensed under CC PDM 1.0 HABITUAL MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENDER LAW REPEALED   In a major change to how Tennessee law deals with criminal traffic offenses, the Legislature has repealed its Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender (HMVO) law.   No longer will individuals with multiple serious traffic and …

What are the Possible Consequences of an Identity Theft Conviction?

Nearly every criminal defendant must make a choice between accepting a plea bargain and going to trial. It’s impossible to make an informed choice, however, until you understand the consequences of a criminal conviction. Whether you accept a plea deal or are adjudicated guilty of identity theft doesn’t change the potential consequences of the conviction. …

Understanding Healthcare Fraud

The already complicated American healthcare system becomes more complicated each year. From federal billing regulations to private insurance contracts, most healthcare providers must pay professionals to navigate this system. Sometimes, criminal organizations routinely utilize patient information to overbill insurance companies or bill for procedures never performed. This is traditional healthcare fraud, but not all criminalized …

Defenses to White Collar Crimes in Tennessee

The term “white collar crimes” may make you think that only professionals and government officials can commit them. While federal agencies often focus on public corruption and widespread financial fraud, literally anyone can be accused of committing a “white collar” crime. White collar crime actually refers to a category of non-violent offenses generally committed for …

Are Federal Charges More Serious than State Charges?

The U.S. has two parallel criminal justice systems—one state and one federal. Sometimes, an offense can be both a state and a federal crime, and in other situations, an incident will give rise to only state or federal prosecution. One question we receive is whether federal charges are more serious than state ones. Actually, there …

The Collateral Consequences of a Theft Conviction

A theft conviction in Tennessee carries many negative consequences, including a fine and time in jail. But there are other consequences that are just as severe—and longer-lasting. If you are convicted of a crime, you can expect your conviction to follow you around for the rest of your life. As an established Knoxville criminal defense …

A First-Time Drug Conviction Can Affect Your Professional Future

If the police arrest you on suspicion of drug possession or sales, you will likely face charges for a serious drug-related offense under Tennessee law. Many people fail to take first-time drug charges seriously, as they mistakenly believe that having small amounts of drugs is “no big deal.” In reality, any drug conviction can have serious …