Three new DUI laws in Tennessee in 2016

Before you indulge in the bottle of wine you just bought at the grocery store, know that a series of new drunk driving laws just took effect. Those laws strengthen penalties for repeat offenders, require background checks to detect prior DUI arrests and mean more drunk drivers will have special ignition devices installed on their

Tennessee: Constitutional Carry Bills to Be Heard this Week

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 1483, sponsored by state Senate Senator Mark Green (R-22). On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee is scheduled to hear SB 1483’s companion bill, House Bill 1748, sponsored by state Representative Judd Matheny (R-47). SB 1483 /HB

Highlights of New Laws Enacted on January 1, 2016 in Tennessee

  HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW TENNESSEE LAWS ENACTED ON JANUARY 1, 2016 Animal Abuser Registration Act – The Legislature voted to create an animal abuser register.  This law establishes a publicly accessible list on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation website of any person convicted of an animal abuse offense on or after January 1, 2016 and requires

Can I Be Prosecuted for an “Old” Crime in Tennessee?

One of the questions our office is often asked is: “Can I be prosecuted for a crime I committed years ago?” It depends on the crime and the time period that has passed. For many accused, allegations of criminal wrongdoing can be shocking, particularly if the alleged offense occurred long ago. However, if you are

2015 Legislative Session Review on Second Amendment Rights

SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS The 109th General Assembly session included several bills regarding the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Guns in Parks Legislation – A new law adopted this year gives Tennesseans with a handgun carry permit the right to carry a firearm into a city, county and/or municipal park. Prior law had allowed a municipality

New Laws Take Effect January 1, 2014 in Tennessee

New Laws Effective in Tennessee in 2014 January 1, 2014: Perhaps the most notable new law taking effect on Jan. 1, 2014, in Tennessee is one that requires to start collecting sales taxes from its Tennessee customers – passed by the Legislature in 2012 in accordance with a deal negotiated by Governor Bill Haslam’s

Conceal Carry Permit Holders and the “Parking Lot” Bill in Tennessee

Starting July 1, 2013, the Safe Commute Act will allow people with handgun-carry permits to keep guns in their locked cars on most parking lots in Tennessee — including at most workplaces — against the business owner’s objections. In an earlier blawg post, I stated the Safe Commute Act bill will still allow employers to

Bill Making Gun-Carry Permit Records Confidential Goes to Governor Haslam for Approval

Legislation that would make protect the privacy of those who have a Handgun Carry Permit passed the state Senate by a wide margin. This confidentiality protection legislation now goes to Governor Bill Haslam for approval. House Bill 9/Senate Bill 108 would make all information pertaining to Handgun Carry Permit holders confidential and not open for