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Tennessee doctor faces up to 20 years on drug crimes charges

If you drive northeast of Memphis for about six hours, you will come to Clay County. Though there are only approximately 8,000 residents in the small county, it has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of opioids dispensed per capita than anywhere else in Tennessee.

A 65-year-old family doctor there was recently arrested on drug charges for allegedly violating the Controlled Substances Act by prescribing Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs. Prosecutors say the doctor overprescribed opiates and benzodiazepines for no legitimate medical purpose to people he knew were abusing the drugs.

Tennessee educator accused of DUI, leaving accident scene

The news has gone from bad to worse for an educator who lives about 400 miles northeast of Memphis in Clarksville. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the director of schools for Stewart County was recently arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

But according to a newspaper report, things have gotten worse: the Highway Patrol says Leta Jo Joiner, 57, left the scene of a motor vehicle crash, and that the incident led to her arrest for DUI.

A look at Tennessee's tough DUI laws

Though Tennessee's known for its conservative approach to law enforcement, some people want our state to get even tougher. House Bill 0167 is another effort to make it easier for prosecutors to try to impose harsh penalties on those accused of DUI.

The reality of state law is that a person can't even decline to submit to a blood test to determine if BAC (blood alcohol content) is above the legal limit of ,08 percent.

A child support modification may be necessary

When you're financially comfortable making child support payments, it's easy to look at your situation and realize that you're doing something that benefits the lives of your children.

Conversely, if your financial situation takes a turn for the worse, you may come to find it difficult to make child support payments.

Pair of Memphis domestic violence allegations

In the past couple of days, Memphis news sources have reported on a pair of incidents that involve serious allegations of domestic violence. In both cases, the suspects could face significant punishment – including time behind bars – if they are found guilty of the charges.

In one case, a man is accused of stabbing his girlfriend and then holding her young children hostage. In another case, a woman is accused by local law enforcement officials of picking her picking her boyfriend up, driving around the block and then stabbing him in the back.

Shelby County school board member arrested for DUI

It can happen to a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend or a family member. When one of them is arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, however, they are unlikely to make the evening news. That’s not the case for Shelby County Schools board member Scott McCormick, who was recently arrested for drunk driving by Memphis police.

Around 10 on a recent weekend night, officers were called to a two-car collision on North Main Street. A responding officer reported that he detected “a heavy odor of intoxicant” coming from the 59-year-old board member.

Out of tune: Suspected serial guitar thief arrested

The man in black stood on a starkly lit stage in front of a cheering crowd with a guitar slung over his back. As he and his band broke into the rousing gospel number "I Saw the Light," he swung the dark guitar around and began strumming.

The black guitar that Johnny Cash used in that scene shot for a TV detective show was a Martin D35, specially made for him back in the 1970s. According to police, a man stole a $5,000 replica of that famous instrument from a Tennessee music store as well as several others before his arrest on theft charges.

Reality TV star faces domestic violence, drugs and DUI charges

As regular readers of our Memphis Criminal Defense Legal Blog know, we rarely have reason to discuss entertainment figures in this space. But the convergence of legal issues in the lives of the cast of WE TV’s “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” is too tempting to resist.

The show revolves around June Shannon (“Mama June”) and her efforts to lose weight, as well as her relationships with her children and boyfriend Geno Doak. In fact, it's Doak who has been central in the legal issues that keep surfacing in the show. He and June were arrested on drug-related charges last month after police responded to a call about alleged domestic violence, and he was also arrested on the show for violating his DUI probation.

Former Memphis Tigers hoops star arrested on drug charges

With a blue-collar toughness, star point guard Andre Allen was a pivotal figure on the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team from 3005 to 2008. Alongside transcendent talent Derrick Rose, the undersized Allen helped the Tigers win a record 38 games in his senior season. The Tigers fell just short of winning a national championship, in part because Allen was kicked off of the squad just prior to the Final Four after he failed a NCAA-mandated drug test.

The news of Allen’s recent arrest on drug charges arrived with the latest edition of the NCAA tournament in full swing. Allen was arrested a few miles east of FedEx Forum at his Cordova home.

The criminal charges associated with prescription drugs

Prescription drugs serve an important purpose because they help to treat the symptoms in those suffering from a certain condition. However, they are legal only when in possession of a prescription from a medical professional. Some prescription drugs can be desirable for recreational drug users, and, as a result, they become valuable.

Those who engage in selling, distributing and using prescription drugs that have not been legitimately prescribed to them can face criminal charges, including fines and even jail time. If you have been accused of an illegal act relating to prescription drugs in Tennessee, it is important that you fully understand the law.

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