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New TN Laws Take Effect on July 1, 2014

Tennesseans will see almost 200 new laws on the books beginning July 1, 2014.

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NEW LAWS 

FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION The new law creates an exception to the offense of carrying a firearm in public without a handgun carry permit that the person carrying or possessing a firearm or ammunition in a motor vehicle is not otherwise prohibited from carrying a firearm and is in lawful possession of the motor vehicle.

Public Chapter 870

Tennessee’s current hunter harassment laws were amended by prohibiting anti-hunting radicals from using drones to interfere with those lawfully hunting or fishing.

Public Chapter 629

KNIFE POSSESSION

A new law overrides local restrictions on knives, making it legal throughout the state to possess, own, sell, transfer and transport switchblades and knives with blades over 4 inches long. It also increases the penalties from $3000 to $6000 the maximum fine for possessing a switchblade knife with the intent of using it during the commission of a dangerous felony. .

Public Chapter 647

CELL PHONE SEARCHES

A new law passed prohibits a law enforcement officer from searching, examining, extracting or duplicating cellular telephone data, even if incident to a lawful arrest, unless the officer has obtained a search warrant, the owner gives informed consent, the telephone has been abandoned, or exigent circumstances exist; makes any such data illegally obtained inadmissible as evidence in a court or administrative hearing.

Public Chapter 785

YELLOW LIGHTS

A new state law states that drivers can run yellow lights as long as their front tires cross the stop line before it turns red.

Public Chapter 989

METH PRODUCTION

The anti-meth law requires a prescription to obtain more than 28.8 grams of pseudoephedrine per year, which is the equivalent of about five months’ worth of the maximum dosage of medicines like Sudafed. Tennesseans now can buy no more than 24 daylong tablets a month or 120 daylong tablets a year.

Public Chapter 906

For a complete list of the new laws log onto  New Tennessee Laws Effective July 1, 2014.

Franklin Police to conduct DUI checkpoint February 21, 2014

On Friday, February 21, 2014, Franklin Police Department will be conducting a sobriety or DUI checkpoint at Mack Hatcher Boulevard near Donelson Creek Parkway.

Franklin Police officers will be investigating for signs of drug and alcohol impairment. If they suspect that you are under the influence, you may be asked to exit your vehicle and perform certain roadside tasks, often referred to as field sobriety tests.

Drive carefully and be on the outlook for this DUI checkpoint or roadblock.  Be aware there will likely be additional members of law enforcement on patrol throughout the city of Franklin looking for impaired drivers.

Anyone detained and then arrested at a sobriety or DUI roadblock should immediately contact a Tennessee criminal defense attorney.

For more information about DUI or about your legal rights pertaining to driver’s license or sobriety checkpoints, contact Ausbrooks Law Office at 615-591-9111.

THP Sobriety and Roadside Checkpoints in Williamson County in January, 2014

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will implement several checkpoints in Williamson County, Tennessee during January, 2014. These included not only sobriety checkpoints (DUI roadblocks) but also driver’s license checkpoints.

On January 24, 2014, THP will be conducting two driver’s license checkpoints. One of the checkpoints will be held on U.S. Highway 431 at State Route 840 and the other driver’s license checkpoint will be on Highway 100 at State Route 840. On January 31, 2014, THP will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Carothers Parkway .2 miles south of Cool Springs Boulevard.

Tennessee Highway Patrol regulations generally require that every driver passing through a checkpoint location be stopped and questioned. In addition to checking for valid driver’s license, troopers will be investigating for signs of drug and alcohol impairment. If they suspect that you are under the influence, you may be asked to exit your vehicle and perform certain roadside tasks, often referred to as field sobriety tests.

Drive carefully and be on the outlook for these checkpoints or roadblock.  Be aware there will likely be additional members of law enforcement on patrol throughout the city looking for impaired drivers.

Anyone detained and then arrested at a driver’s license checkpoint or DUI roadblock should immediately contact a Tennessee criminal defense attorney.

For more information about DUI or about your legal rights pertaining to driver’s license or sobriety checkpoints, contact Ausbrooks Law Office at 615-591-9111.

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