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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.

Tennessee Legislature approves 2013 Safe Commute Act

2013 Safe Commute Act is one step closer to becoming a law in Tennessee. The bill would 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 without fear of state or local criminal charges. Non-permit holders can still face criminal charges.

But the bill will still allow employers to set and enforce policies against guns on their property, including inside employees’ cars. The employer can still fire or otherwise sanction employees for violating company policy. Because Tennessee is an “at will” employment state, employers can fire employees at will for any reason, including violating a company’s policy against possessing guns on their property.

Specifically, the 2013 Safe Commute Act will allow individuals with a valid handgun carry permit, unless expressly prohibited by federal law, to transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the permit holder’s privately-owned motor vehicle in public or private parking areas if:

(1) The vehicle is parked in a location where it is permitted to be; and
(2) The firearm or ammunition being transported or stored in the vehicle:
(A) Is kept from ordinary observation if the person is in the motor vehicle; or
(B) Is kept from ordinary observation and locked within the trunk, glove box, or interior of the person’s vehicle or a container securely affixed to the vehicle if the person is not in the vehicle.

“Parking area” does not include the grounds or property of a single-family detached residence.

The 2013 Safe Commute Act won final legislative approval 72-22 on Thursday in the state House. The bill is now being sent to Governor Bill Haslam for his action. The Governor may sign the bill; veto it; or allow it to become law without his signature.

Law Enforcement Prepares for New Year’s Eve “No Refusal” Enforcement

Law Enforcement is warning drivers in Tennessee to avoid driving if they choose to drink during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will conduct sobriety checkpoints (also known as DUI roadblocks) tonight.  The announced location, as reported by The Williamson Herald, is:


Tennessee Highway Patrol will be joining local law enforcement agencies and will be conducting another“No Refusal” DUI enforcement campaign tonight.


The “No Refusal” law, passed this year by the General Assembly, allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.



During the New Year’s Eve period, two counties from each of the eight THP Districts will participate in the No Refusal campaign, including Knox and Sevier (Knoxville District); Hamilton and Marion (Chattanooga District); Robertson and Wilson (Nashville District); Crockett and Tipton (Memphis District); Carter and Greene (Fall Branch District); Cumberland and Overton (Cookeville District); Bedford and Maury (Lawrenceburg District); and Chester and Carroll (Jackson District).

For a complete listing of THP’s driver’s license and sobriety checkpoints, click on the following link: No Refusal NYE Checkpoints

Please be on the outlook for and drive carefully near these DUI roadblocks.  There will likely be additional members of law enforcement on patrol throughout the county on those nights looking for impaired drivers.

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


Want Your Vote to Count in Tennessee?

Voting Laws have changed in Tennessee.  Be certain your vote counts! 

As of January 1, 2012, ALL voters must present a valid PHOTO ID with the Voter’s Name and Photograph, in order to vote. 
So, what is a VALID ID? 

Any of the following may be used, even if expired:

  • Tennessee driver license, with a photo;
  • A driver license issued by another state;
  • U.S. passport;
  • Federal employee ID with photo;
  • State employee ID with photo (including those issued by state universities);
  • U.S. military ID; and
  • Gun permit card with photo.

  • Student ID cards from state universities are NOT acceptable.
  • Any citizens who who currently holds a non-photo Tennessee driver license may elect to simply get a photo driver license rather than a separate photo ID.  Registered voters may convert a non-photo driver license to a photo driver license at Driver Service Centers.
What if I don’t bring my Photo ID with me to the Voting Polls?

Voters can still cast a provisional ballot. In order for the ballot to be counted, voters should return with a photo ID to the administrator of the elections or the administrator’s designee by the close of business on the second business day after the election.  Photo ID must be presented at the voter’s county election commission office or another location designated by the county election commission. Voters who are indigent and unable to obtain photo ID without payment of a fee or have a religious objection to being photographed may vote without providing photo ID if they execute an affidavit of identity at the polls.


October Checkpoints in Williamson County

THP Announces Checkpoints

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting checkpoints in Williamson County, Tennessee on these dates:

Sobriety Checkpoints:

October 19, 2012

Highway 31 (Nolensville Road)

October 27, 2012

Goose Creek Bypass


Driver’s License Checkpoint:

October 26, 2012

Highway 96 East


For more information about the crime of DUI or about your legal rights relating to a Tennessee Highway Patrol checkpoints, contact Dana at Ausbrooks Law Office by calling (615) 591-9111.



“No Refusal” DUI Enforcement Campaign Held this Labor Day Weekend

Tennessee will hold a “No Refusal” enforcement campaign over Labor Day weekend, Tennessee Highway Patrol officials announced Thursday, September 30, 2012.

The enforcement effort begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 31, 2012 and ends at midnight on Monday, September 3, 3012.

No Refusal is a new law passed this year by the Tennessee Legislature allowing law enforcement to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.  Previously, a suspected impaired driver could refuse a blood alcohol test and face charges of violating the State’s implied consent law.

The Labor Day No Refusal campaign includes the following 16 counties:

  • Roane
  • Campbell
  • McMinn
  • Meigs
  • Robertson
  • Rutherford
  • Shelby
  • Tipton
  • Jefferson
  • Sullivan
  • Cumberland
  • Warren
  • Bedford
  • Lincoln
  • Chester
  • Weakley

Drivers can also expect sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols in other counties over the Labor Day weekend.

For more information about the crime of DUI or about your legal rights relating to a Tennessee Highway Patrol No Refusal enforcement or sobriety roadblocks, contact Attorney Dana Ausbrooks by calling (615) 591-9111.



THP plans Labor Day Weekend Checkpoints in Williamson County

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint on August 25, 2012 and two checkpoints over the Labor Day Holiday Weekend in Williamson County, Tennessee. 

Driver’s license Checkpoint:

Sunday, September 2, 2012, Highway 96 West and Highway 31/41

Sobriety Checkpoints:

Saturday, Aug. 25, Downs Boulevard

Monday, September 3, 2012, Labor Day, Highway 431 and Highway 100

For more information about the crime of DUI or about your legal rights relating to a Tennessee Highway Patrol roadblocks, contact Dana Ausbrooks by calling (615) 591-9111.

“More Cops. More Stops.” Runs July 26-29


Tennessee Drivers Beware. During July 26-29, Tennessee drivers will see more officers on the road. The Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) is once again working with law enforcement officers from across the state to crack down on traffic safety violators including impaired drivers, seat belt violators, distracted drivers, and speeders, during the “More Cops. More Stops.” campaign this weekend.