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.

121 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Immediate Past Chair
Pratt Aycock, PLLC
705 Gate Lane, Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37909
Immediate Past Chair
Schell & Oglesby, LLC
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064

Asset Forfeiture Bill Delayed in House, Moves Forward in Senate

A bill which would change state law to require a conviction before a criminal’s assets are seized has moved forward with amendments in the Tennessee Senate, but was taken off-notice in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, effectively delaying it until next year. The bill was taken off-notice without discussion by its sponsor, Rep. Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville). In the Senate, the bill will head to the floor with an amendment that requires the seizing law enforcement officer to mail a Notice of Forfeiture Warrant Hearing to the owner within five days of the seizure and allows the property owner to be present at the probable cause hearing.
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Motorist Faces Murder Charges in Knox Case

A case in Knox County asks the question of whether a motorist who causes a death can be charged with murder under state law, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Ralpheal Cameron Coffey of Oak Ridge is accused of killing an innocent motorist and his own passenger while behind the wheel trying to outrun law enforcement in May 2016. Prosecutors convinced a grand jury to charge Coffey with two counts of second-degree murder, a charge that hasn’t been used for a case like this one since 1989.
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