A police car pulls into your driveway, and your child is riding sheepishly in the back seat. It's not a moment you ever wanted to experience, but it's here. The officer explains that your child, whom you thought was just hanging out with friends at the mall, got caught shoplifting.
While many American states have accepted the nonmedical use of marijuana, Tennessee remains steadfastly against recreational drug use. As such, many of the items linked to the use and possession of drugs are also illegal. This means that you could face arrest if law enforcement catches you with paraphernalia.
Being labeled a criminal due to a conviction of any kind usually carries long-term consequences. Yet most Tennessee residents fail to take misdemeanor charges seriously. In many cases, people simply do not realize that misdemeanor criminal convictions can change their lives for the worse in significant ways. This lack of understanding often means that defendants do not seek the criminal defense assistance they need to overcome such charges.