Friday, November 30, 2012

Good Luck Runners!

My office wishes good speed to all the St. Jude marathon runners.  It is always a beautiful day and it raises money for a wonderful charity.  Have fun and be safe this weekend!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Desperate times should not call for desperate measures

Black Friday Shoppers Caught with Counterfeit Money

It is that time of season for people to spend money.  The problem is for those who do not have any.  They often turn to theft, forgery, or counterfeit money to buy merchandise.  The monetary cost and jail time far outweigh the risks of holiday theft.    

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday

My office will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.  If you need anything, please call and leave a voicemail and I will get back to you this weekend.  Have a safe Holiday from the Carriker Law Office.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Divorce and Domestic Violence

Terrence Thomas, accused of killing wife, will appear in court - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee
It is not uncommon for people going through divorces to also get charged with domestic violence.  This can happen for two reasons:

1.  They are already in a physically abusive relationship.

2.  The other party is playing games and attempting to gain favorable ground in the divorce.  Living together during divorce proceedings makes the likelihood of arrest on a domestic violence case increase.

The relationship has already turned sour and if there has been physical abuse, anger from the proceedings will escalate.  Do not become a victim of crime or a victim of a spouse playing games.

If you are going through a divorce, you need to move out of the house.  It is expensive going through these proceedings, but it is easier to ask for help from family and friends rather than face arrest or harm to yourself.  During the holidays, anger and sadness are more present during a nasty divorce or break-up.  Alcohol can fuel these feelings and people make mistakes.  If you are arrested for a domestic violence case, you need to hire counsel immediately.  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Controversial Radio Host Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Controversial Radio Host Arrested on Child Porn Charges
The Memphis community seems to really be enjoying this arrest.  Regardless of intent you cannot and not post, disseminate, or own any type of child pornography.  This is seen as a dissemination of child pornography.  The result is an arrest and federal charges.  He could be facing a serious amount of jail time.  If you are facing similar charges, you need experienced legal counsel.  You should also prepare yourself for the eventuality that you will do some jail time.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stepfather Charged in Toddler's Death

Stepfather Charged in Toddler's Death

Child Abuse charges should be taken very seriously.  If you are charged with child abuse, you are facing a long amount of jail time.  People have a tendency to think that they can get out of these charges by claiming it was just an accident.  Forensic science has come a long way.  The medical examiners can indicate what injuries would be normal on a child in certain circumstances.  In other words, they know if an injury was intentional or a possible accident.  If you are facing a similar charge, hire counsel immediately and do not give a statement to the police or to any doctor.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Repo Man Shot at Raleigh Apartments

Repo Man Shot at Raleigh Apartments
Being a repo man is dangerous business.  It is not uncommon for repo people to get attacked.  These individuals typically try to get the vehicles when the individuals are not at home or busy to prevent these events.  Defendants often claim they thought their vehicle was being stolen and that is why they committed an assault.  Assault is not an effective defense for a theft.  Further, the business is typically on the side of the truck and the individuals will attempt to tell the Defendant what they are doing if confronted.  If you are not making payments on your vehicle, it is going to get repossessed.  It is not worth the jail time and attorney fees to attack someone for a piece of property.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Former Clerk Otis Jackson Claims to be Sovereign Citizen

Former Clerk Otis Jackson Claims to be Sovereign Citizen

I see more people every year claiming to be a sovereign citizen.  They are under the mistaken belief that this will prevent prosecution.  They think this claim prevents the court from having jurisdiction over their case.  If you walk on a sidewalk, get government assistance, vote, pay a sales tax or avail yourself of anything that is in America, you are not a sovereign citizen.  You can and will be prosecuted.  Asserting sovereign citizen status will only damage your case and possibly land you in jail for contempt.  If facing criminal charges, you should hire a qualified attorney.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Suspects Sought in Two Weekend Murders

Suspects Sought in Two Weekend Murders

Juvenile Delinquency Charges - Protect your child's future.

Juvenile Delinquency charges should be taken seriously.  A delinquency case can go from juvenile court to adult court depending on the minor's age and prior contact with juvenile court.  While a juvenile record is sealed, a minor's record can be used against him in sentencing as an adult.  Parent's don't always take cases in juvenile court seriously because they think their child will not be punished and it will not affect their future.  It can have severe consequences depending on the charge.  Hire counsel immediately if your child is charged.  These cases move quickly through the juvenile court system, and we need time to prepare a defense.