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Tips for Going to Court in Memphis

With in-person pandemic-related restrictions slowly loosening, personal appearances in Memphis, Shelby County courts are becoming a normal occurrence again. Whether you are appearing in a Memphis civil, criminal, or traffic court, there are certain tips we like to share with each client.  While many of these tips may seem like common sense suggestions, you would be surprised at some of the things we see every day in court.  Believe it or not, following just a few of these... Read More
Posted by Brian Chiozza at Wednesday, October 12, 2022
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Defenses to Drug Possession Charges in Memphis, TN

There are a number of instances in Memphis, TN where an individual is given a misdemeanor citation or arrested for illegal drug possession and they are not convicted.  These arrests do not ultimately result in a conviction because there are many legal defenses to drug offenses in Memphis, TN.  Among the most common defenses are the following: Unknowing possession or possession by another in proximity – One can be charged with possession in Memphis, TN even... Read More
Posted by Brian Chiozza at Thursday, August 18, 2022
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Tennessee Drug Paraphernalia Charge – What to Know

Throughout Tennessee, you can legally purchase vape pens and other smoking-assisted products, but these can still be considered drug paraphernalia in certain circumstances. Believe it or not, the criminal charge of possessing drug paraphernalia is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and 11 months 29 days in jail. A paraphernalia crime in Tennessee is usually found when a defendant is also charged with more serious drug-related offenses. For instance, an... Read More
Posted by Brian Chiozza at Tuesday, July 26, 2022
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What to Know About Bonds and Source Hearings in Memphis, TN

If you or a loved one have been incarcerated in Shelby County, Memphis, TN then you have had to deal with making a bond. Under Tennessee law, a Defendant is entitled to a reasonable bond/bail. Certain exceptions do exist for capital offenses where the Defendant is not entitled to a bond. The purpose of a bond is to allow the charged individual to remain out of custody, pending a trial, so that he/she will still be able to work and keep up with personal obligations. A bond/bail in the... Read More
Posted by Brian Chiozza at Monday, July 11, 2022
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Criminal Charges Involving Falsifying Tags on Rise in Memphis

If you look around at vehicles on the road in Memphis and throughout the mid-South area, you will likely see many temporary/drive-out tags. The reason for such an increase in temporary tags could potentially be due to the pandemic and supply chain issues affecting the manufacturing of new vehicles. The shortage of available new vehicles has led to many consumers opting to purchase used cars. Unfortunately for purchasers, some used car dealers will provide expired, or even fake,... Read More
Posted by Brian Chiozza at Wednesday, June 22, 2022
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