With the New Year bringing about myriad possibilities, many will turn their attention to the arrival of the new legislative season. For Tennesseans, and those in a majority of other states, the issue of marijuana and its place in our society has become quite salient which demands to be addressed by both the federal and state governments. The first week of January has seen both California and Vermont vote and enact legislation that would allow for the distribution of medical or recreational marijuana, raising the total of states in which medical marijuana is legal to twenty-nine.
While most people know that drunk driving is an issue in our society, many aren't aware of how common and prevalent drunk driving truly is. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, an individual dies in a drunk driving accident every 53 minutes. This translates to 28 preventable deaths every single day.
You have been charged with a criminal offense. You feel your life is over once your friends and family learn of your alleged transgressions. Even worse, you are trying to get into that prestigious college, technical or trade school, or that dream job is just waiting for you to accept. You hire an Attorney to help you defend those charges, they work hard on your behalf and you are elated that the charges are dismissed. Now the Attorney assists you with getting your record expunged to wipe all of this nightmarish time in your life away, for good! Now you are safe from embarrassment and ridicule and your life can go on, uninterrupted. Then, you are playing around on the internet with your best friend and decide to perform a search on each other's names.....and OMG, WHAT IS THAT!? Your mugshot is plastered all over the screen detailing all of the alleged misdeeds that you had worked so hard to be dismissed. You immediately continue your search and find the same mugshot on multiple sites - it just does not seem to stop. Then you find, through more research that friends (and family) had seen an issue of those tabloid style magazines, which are so conveniently displayed at the register of your local convenience mart and gas station, with your face and name all in plain view. They already knew, and were just afraid to bring it up. You are mortified! You're never getting into that school,