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No conviction, no charge: police still seize property

It is hard to believe that it happens in America, but it does. It even happens right here in Shelby County: law enforcement officials seize property from people who have not been convicted of any crime. In fact, sometimes they have not even been charged with a crime.

Tennessee man faces 16 charges after high-speed chase

You don't need to spend 10-plus hours in a jet to get from Memphis to Paris, France. Instead, you can drive northeast on the interstate for a couple of hours and arrive in Paris, Tennessee. The seat of Henry County recently had a grand jury indict a man on 16 criminal charges ranging from alleged drug crimes to a slew of traffic violations.

Memphis TV station highlights injustice in drug arrest

Memphis Channel 13's news reports that a man who was pulled over in March thought he might be facing a traffic ticket for driving without headlights. But the routine traffic stop began to turn into a legal nightmare almost immediately. The man wound up spending months in jail for an alleged drug crime that involved nothing more than drywall residue.

Police: Tennessee man's DNA led to Memphis burglary arrest

According to law enforcement officials, DNA evidence recovered at the scene of a convenience store burglary in early 2016 has resulted in an arrest of a Tennessee man in June of 2017. The Alabama store is about 150 miles east of Memphis on Highway 20 in Florence.

Memphis police accuse letter carrier of delivering drugs

The Memphis Police Department spent 7 months on the investigation they called Operation Wait A Minute Mr. Postman. The probe resulted in 25 indictments announced with the Shelby County District Attorney's Office earlier this week. Among alleged gang members arrested on felony drug-related charges: a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. Fourteen people were arrested, while another 11 are still being sought. 

What rules must medical providers follow when prescribing drugs?

Criminal law is complicated. Matters get further complicated when certain laws apply to only specific kinds of people. For example, doctors and others who fill medical prescriptions in Tennessee are to work according to strict laws of prescribing. 

Race is on to develop marijuana breath tests, but will they work?

With legal marijuana sweeping the nation, law enforcement is taking a wider view of driving under the influence. If you're caught driving with even a trace of marijuana in your system in Tennessee, you can face severe penalties, as we've discussed before.

Tennessee marijuana laws and DUI charges

It is no secret that marijuana use is becoming more mainstream in America these days. After the most recent election cycle, over half of the states in the nation allow for the legal use of cannabis for medical purposes and 8 states allow for the recreational use as well. Tennessee, however, is not one of these states and marijuana use can still result in severe penalties, especially if it is associated with the operation of a vehicle.

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