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Tennessee man has assault charges against him dropped

Parents in Tennessee will do just about anything to protect their children. Sometimes, a child might make a bad choice, but when that happens parents will make sure that their child is safe. However, sometimes a parent can be charged with a crime, even though they believe they were acting in their child's best interest.

A Tennessee man who was facing assault charges has been fortunate enough to have the charges against him dropped. He was charged with the crime after an incident in July in which he allegedly brandished a gun on an individual who was trying to sell the accused's daughter heroin. The accused reportedly knew about the intended sale by following his daughter's phone. When the drug dealer arrived in a drug store parking lot, the accused allegedly met him there.

Millions carrying credit card debt for 2 years or more

Credit cards are so commonplace these days, that it may seem like just about everyone in Tennessee has at least one. While they can be useful, especially when there are incentives such as airline miles, the unfortunate fact is that sometimes a person's life circumstances keep them from being able to pay off their credit card bills each month, leading to credit card debt.

Almost 50 percent of all adults in the United States who have credit card debt report that for the past 24 months or more, they have carried a balance on their credit cards. That amounts to almost 29 million individuals who currently have credit card debt. Moreover, about 15 million of these individuals carrying credit card debt have done so for five years or more.

We defend against civilian and military criminal charges

Being charged with any type of crime is an incredible stressful and uncertain experience. Many crimes carry significant consequences and punishments that can alter the course of a person's life forever. Because of these stakes, it's important to understand that having proper representation in such situations is crucial to formulating a strong defense.

No matter if the crime is drug charges, sex offenses, domestic assault, or many other types, the dedicated and passionate legal team of Mathis, Bates & Klinghard, PLLC, will fight for your rights as an individual and not allow the stigma of such crimes to overshadow every other aspect of the case. Our attorneys have experience defending clients in all of these situations and are able to take the best course of action that will ideally lead to a positive outcome.

Understanding the 20/20/20 military divorce rule

If you are going through a divorce, you may have questions about what your financial situation will look like moving forward and whether you will receive spousal support or, possibly, child support. If you are divorcing someone who is also a military service member, you may have additional questions about whether you will still have access to military benefits following the divorce, and if so, for how long.

The answer comes down to whether you fit the criteria outlined by the 20/20/20 rule

Understanding what qualifies as domestic violence in Tennessee

This blog recently discussed the serious nature of domestic violence. Domestic violence accusations, allegations and charges can have a dramatic impact on the lives of accused individuals. It can be helpful to be aware of what is considered domestic violence and what is prohibited under the law. Tennessee prohibits abuse of family members and romantic partners. Domestic assault refers to violence against those certain categories of individuals.

Under Tennessee law, domestic assault includes violence against current and former spouses; cohabitants; dating or sexual partners; blood or adoptive relatives; current and former relatives by marriage; and adult or minor children of any of the forgoing categories of individuals. The penalties for committing domestic assault, as well as the penalties for violating a protective order, can be significant.

Responding to domestic violence situations

Criminal charges, allegations and accusations associated with domestic violence are unquestionably serious. Family violence concerns should not be taken lightly and neither should domestic assault charges, allegations and accusations of domestic violence. Penalties for domestic violence can be significant and are generally the same as those for other assault charges but also include the possibility that the accused individual can lose their right to own or possess a firearm.

As a result, allegations and criminal charges related to domestic violence can have a significant impact on the career and employment opportunities of the accused individual as well as other potential negative consequences as well. Potential penalties can include possible fines or the possible loss of freedom, as well as an impact on the accused individual's living situation and family.

Important ruling in Tennessee for same-sex parents

It is important for same-sex couples in Tennessee and elsewhere to understand their rights and the resources the family law process provides to them. A judge in Tennessee recently ruled that same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples to children born through artificial insemination. Four lesbian couples in Tennessee brought the lawsuit. Each of the four couples is expecting a child conceived using a sperm donor; the first child is expected in September. A recent United States Supreme Court lawsuit also ruled in favor of same-sex parental rights.

Same-sex family law can be a complex area of the law with significant importance for couples and families. Families come together and grow in a variety of ways which sometimes includes in vitro fertilization or adoption and it is important for families to understand the legal implications of these exciting life steps but also how to protect their families. The family law system provides resources to help them do just that.

Tennessee man faces aggravated assault and other charges

Criminal charges should be met with a strong criminal defense response. In a Tennessee community east of the Montgomery area, a man was recently arrested for aggravated assault as well as other crimes. The man was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The man allegedly fired shots inside and home and more shots outside of the home.

The arrest followed neighbors calling about shots fired in the house. The 37-year old man was found outside when police arrived and his girlfriend was found crying in a closet in the house. The woman reported that she was awakened by the man pulling her hair which led to an argument. According to authorities, they found weapons and ammunition in the home.

The family law system provides resources for same-sex couples

Along with the recognition of same-sex marriages throughout the country comes the need for same-sex couples to address the same considerations as heterosexual couples related to divorce and divorce-related issues. Same-sex couples who are married and wishing to divorce will need to utilize the family law process when they are seeking to separate or divorce. The family law process can help them with their divorce-related concerns.

The family law system can help same-sex couples address the divorce-related issues and concerns they may need help with. Divorce-related issues including property division; division of assets and debts; child support and child custody; and spousal support can all be addressed through the family law process. Family law resources can help divorcing couples resolve divorce-related concerns in a manner that is best for the divorcing couple's family and circumstances.

Domestic violence case against Tennessee athlete dismissed

Just because you have been charged with domestic violence or assault, doesn't mean that you will face conviction, or even a trial. Charges were recently dropped against Tennessee wideout Josh Smith after an alleged domestic violence incident at his home, which he shared with two friends. We often think of domestic violence involving dating or married couples, but the law is based on proximity between the two parties, not just relationship. In this case, the parties were roommates who got into an altercation after a night of drinking.

One of Smith's roommates went to the bathroom and Smith forced his way into the room out of concern. Many details are unclear, but the roommate apparently pushed Smith and they began fighting. The parties' third roommate entered the room and refused to leave. As a result, the three men ended up in a scuffle. Smith admitted to kicking the first roommate in the face when trying to stop the other two from fighting. Smith then called his parents for help once he saw the severity of the first roommate's injuries. Smith's parents drove the first roommate to the hospital and Smith's brother drove Smith. Smith was later charged with domestic assault.

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