TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Barry Kolar on Nov 3, 2017

The Tennessee Supreme Court today reversed and remanded for a new sentencing hearing a fatal driving under the influence case from Claiborne County involving the defendant’s overuse of prescription pain medication. The trial court sentenced the defendant to eight years in prison, but the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed. The Court of Criminal Appeals affirmatively directed the trial court to place the defendant on eight years probation with no jail time. The Supreme Court disagreed with both lower courts’ treatment of the case at sentencing. Read the full opinion.