The new year is barely two weeks underway, and Maryville has already seen at least two arrests involving heroin and methamphetamine.
Constables have been around since our country's Colonial days. They're still around in some states, including Tennessee. Although their primary responsibility in most counties is to serve civil warrants, Tennessee constables have the same authority under the Tennessee judicial system as other law enforcement officers, including the ability to make arrests.
You're driving along, listening to your favorite podcast or music. Suddenly another driver cuts in front of you at an entrance or exit ramp, squeezes ahead of you in bumper-to-bumper traffic or makes a rude gesture at you when you've done nothing wrong.
You hope that when your child goes back to college this fall (or begins their freshman year), they'll focus on getting the education for which you're paying so dearly. You don't want them to get into anything that could get them in trouble at school — or worse, with the police. However, you can't control what your child or the people around them are doing doing every minute. That's why it's essential for college students to understand what rights they do and don't have in their dorm rooms or other campus housing.
It happens every day in this country and around the world. People bring drugs over to a friend's house so they can get high together. Siblings combine their allowance money to buy drugs online or from someone in the neighborhood. Someone goes to a party where everyone is sharing their drugs.
Many people have shared prescription drugs with a family member, friend or colleague. Someone's in pain. You've got something that will ease that pain. Why not? It's not like you're a drug dealer. You're not making money off the drugs. You're just trying to help someone out.
The U.S. Constitution, for too many Americans, is something they studied in high school and have long forgotten about, or perhaps don't remember accurately. However, many of our basic protections in this country emanate from this centuries-old document. One of them involves "probable cause."
The term "obstruction of justice" sounds like the stuff of FBI investigations and large-scale cases regarding money laundering or corporate malfeasance. However, it covers a much broader range of activities that involve impeding an investigation or prosecution of a crime. Obstruction of justice can result in felony charges.
It is illegal to intentionally make a false report of a crime to law enforcement. In most cases, it's a misdemeanor. However, depending on the type of crime reported and the amount of manpower called out to deal with it, the person accused of making the false report can be charged with a felony.
A Tennessee physician surrendered to authorities early this month and was jailed on charges involving fraudulently obtaining prescriptions. The 40-year-old doctor was already serving a five-year medical probation that began in November 2016 for a long list of violations.