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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.

The accused reportedly then blocked the drug dealer's automobile and brandished a gun that was located in the back seat of his car. He then remained in the parking lot of the drug store until officers arrived. The drug dealer had told investigators that he went to the drug store in order to sell the man's daughter heroin. The man's daughter reportedly left the scene of the alleged sale before officers got there. The drug dealer had dropped a bag that allegedly contained over a half-gram of the drug as well.

The drug dealer was charged with drug crimes, but the officers also pursued charges against the father, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. However, the district attorney determined that the charge against the accused should be dropped. The accused, for what it's worth, says that he would not recommend doing what he did, but that parents need to know what their children are doing.

The accused in this case was lucky to have the charges against him dropped. In the end, it is important that all people accused of a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty. This constitutional axiom is a critical part of our nation's criminal justice system. Anyone who feels that their constitutional rights are being violated may want to work with an attorney who can assess the situation and advocate for their client in court.

Source: Nashville Patch, "Charges Dropped Against Nashville Dad Who Pulled Shotgun On Drug Dealer," J.R. Lind, Oct. 6, 2017

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