Criminal Justice Section

The section was established to serve all elements of the criminal justice system, including state, federal and municipal prosecutors, judges with criminal jurisdiction, state and federal public defenders and those lawyers in private practice.

Chair
Schell & Oglesby, LLC
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064
(615)550-2800
Immediate Past Chair
PARKERSON | SANTEL PLLC
121 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615)956-7938
Vice-Chair
District Public Defender
112 S. Second St
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931)648-5538

TBI Crime Data Shows Murder, Rape Increases, Fewer DUIs

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released its 2017 "Crime in Tennessee" report, revealing a slight overall increase in reported instances of crime, Humphrey on the Hill reports. The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). The numbers show murders increased by 6.7 percent and rapes increased by 3.2 percent. Juvenile crime is slightly down, accounting for 6.4 percent of all arrests, and DUI arrests continue to trend downward.
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3 Charged in Connection to Raid of Bellevue PetSmart

Criminal charges have been filed against three people involved in the recent raid of the Bellevue PetSmart The Tennessean reports. Two men and a woman, employees of the store on Sawyer Brown Road in Bellevue, were cited by Metro Animal Care and Control for cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor for a first offense.
 
The charges stem from a raid of the store on March 29, where Metro police and the Metro Nashville Public Health Department uncovered and confiscated several sick and injured animals. Authorities were tipped off by members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who received undercover videos of injured animals from an employee of the store. A court date has not yet been set in this case.
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