New Video FAQ: Can the police search my car without a warrant?

In a new video FAQ, Nashville criminal defense attorney Brent Horst discusses when a police officer can and cannot search your car.

Generally, police cannot search your car without a warrant, but there are exceptions to this rule. First, if you consent to letting them search, they do not need a warrant and are free to take a look. They will be able to use any incriminating objects they find against you.

The other way police can search your vehicle without a warrant is by using what is referred to as “probable cause.” This means the police officer felt they had a sufficient reason to believe there was some criminal activity happening in the car. Most commonly, they cite the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle as a probable cause to search that vehicle.

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If you feel as though your vehicle may have been unlawfully searched or if you are facing criminal charges, contact Nashville criminal defense law firm Horst Law to learn more about your rights.


New Video FAQ: I’ve been charged with prescription drug fraud. Will I go to jail?

In a new video posted to his site, Nashville drug crime defense attorney Brent Horst discusses what to expect if you are accused of prescription drug fraud.

Facing these kinds of charges can be terrifying, because many people who are accused of prescription drug fraud became addicted to these powerful medications after suffering an injury. They are simply trying to manage the pain they’re experiencing, and aren’t intending to behave criminally. In these cases, the state often tries to work with the accused person to help them overcome their prescription addiction, meaning the criminal penalties can possibly be minimized.

You can view the new video here.

If you are facing prescription drug charges, you will need the help of an experienced Nashville criminal defense attorney to help you shield yourself from potential jail time or excessive fines. Call Horst Law at (615) 403-2971 to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable attorney today.


Suspected robber busted in Nashville

Authorities in Nashville recently apprehended a suspect they believe was responsible for a series of robberies, an article of Fox 17 reported on December 8.

Information coming from police revealed 33-year-old Jonathan Rigsby was arrested on December 5 during a traffic stop after an officer noticed his vehicle had a busted brake light. After the officer ordered the driver and his two passengers to exit the vehicle, he noticed Rigsby had a driver’s license that was not his own. Rather, the license belonged to a female who was one of the three robbery victims of the previous day. The woman, whose name was withheld, had her purse snatched by an unidentified man. Additional information revealed several robberies from that day were performed by the same person. Rigsby was taken into custody after authorities returned the license to its owner.

Facing charges can be frightening, especially if you are taken into custody. However, if you are charged with a crime in Nashville, a defense attorney from Horst Law may be able to work for you. Call us today at (615) 403-2971 for your legal defense.


Teens facing charges after deadly Tennessee wildfires

Charges were recently filed against two teenagers in Sevier County, Tennessee on the suspicion that they sparked the wildfires that resulted in 14 fatalities and caused injuries to hundreds of people, an article of USA Today reported on December 7.

According to the attorney general, Jimmy Dunn, the two teenagers are scheduled for a juvenile court trial and are facing aggravated arson charges. The teenagers are being linked to the fatal fire in Gatlinburg last week that ravaged over 1,700 houses and business establishments. Reports also revealed that approximately 150 people sustained injuries from the fire. The two teens are currently being held in custody after Sevier County authorities arrested them. The arrests were made after investigations concluded that the fire sparked on the Chimney Tops trail was caused by humans.

Facing charges is frightening, especially if it is your first time and you do not know anything about your legal protections. Get in touch with the legal team at Horst Law in Nashville today by calling (615) 403-2971.


New Video FAQ: How do criminal attorneys charge fees?

In a new video published on his site, Nashville criminal defense attorney Brent Horst describes how criminal lawyers charge their fees.

Criminal defense lawyers generally charge a flat fee for their services. The amount this fee ultimately ends up being depends on how serious the crime is and how much time the attorney perceives he or she will spend on the case. It is rare for criminal defense attorneys to charge an hourly fee.

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If you have been charged with a crime, you will need to begin building your defense immediately. To speak with Horst Law, call us at (615) 403-2971.


Troy Hill facing DUI charge in Los Angeles

A charge of driving while under the influence of intoxicants (DUI) was filed against professional football player Troy Hill in Los Angeles after he got involved in an accident, an article of the CBS Los Angeles reported on November 19.

Reports said the 25-year-old L.A. Rams player got involved in a collision with a big rig on the WB 101 Freeway not far from the exit of Haskel Avenue. Responding police alleged that Hill rear-ended the truck. A state highway patrol on the scene noted signs of intoxication from Hill and ordered him to perform a field sobriety test. Hill was later brought to Van Nuys station and was later discharged from custody after settling $15,000 bail bond. A court date scheduled on December 14 was set for Hill, records revealed.

The attorneys at Horst Law in Nashville work to promote the interests of persons who have been charged with DUI. If you think this happens to you, we may tirelessly defend you to get the best result of your case. Call us today at (615) 403-2971 to learn more about your options.


New Video FAQ: How did I get charged with conspiracy when I didn’t agree to work with those people?

In a new video FAQ on his website, Nashville criminal defense attorney Brent Horst discusses conspiracy charges and why the federal government prefers to pursue them over smaller-scale criminal charges.

Conspiracy charges arise when a group of individuals are connected in some way to the same crime. For example, conspiracy charges are common in drug-selling rings. While the individual sellers may not be aware of each other and never agreed to work together, they can be charged with conspiracy due to their connection to their supplier. Conspiracy accusations come with weightier penalties, so federal law enforcement officials are more likely to pursue them.

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If you have been charged with conspiracy, you will need the help of an experienced Nashville criminal defense attorney to help you maintain your innocence. Call Horst Law at (615) 403-2971 to learn more.


Former Rockets’ member Steve Francis suspected of DUI

A charge of driving a vehicle while under the influence (DUI) was recently filed against professional basketball player Steve Francis after a traffic stop in Houston, The Washington Post reported on November 22.

Reports said officers from the Houston Police Department stopped the vehicle driven by Francis, 39, on November 19 after he was seen driving with excessive speed. Francis reportedly had a speed of 88 mph on a road with a 65 mph posted sign. Officers on the scene said that the former point guard showed several signs that he had recently consumed alcohol but he avoided a field sobriety test. Francis, who was released after posting a bond, was again taken into custody after he was linked to a June burglary incident in Florida.

The Nashville attorneys at Horst Law understand that facing charges could be difficult as they can also affect your capacity to earn an income. If this happened to you, we may possibly defend your rights to make sure you get the best results of your case. Call us today at (615) 403-2971 to learn more about your legal defense.


2 suspected arsonists suspected of causing wildfires in Tennessee

State authorities in Tennessee took two people into custody whom they suspect intentionally ignited wildfires in Monroe and Sequatchie counties, an article of WVLT reported on November 15.

According to reports, 27-year-old Matthew Ryan Wallace and 50-year-old Charles Edward Martin were charged accordingly for igniting a private property that resulted in a wildfire. The two suspects were arrested by the criminal unit investigators of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on November 14. If found guilty, Wallace could serve a prison term of up to six years, along with having to pay a 3,000 dollar fine. In the efforts Tennessee is making in preventing wildfires, people are offered up to $2,500 in compensation for giving authorities tips about arson suspects.

The legal team at Horst Law in Nashville understand being charged with property crimes, such as arson, can be stressful, especially if you are threatened with imprisonment and hefty fines. If you are charged with a crime, we may be able to help you reduce or even acquit you of your charges. Call us today at (615) 403-2971 for your immediate legal defense.


New Video FAQ: Can I go to jail for spanking my child?

In a new video posted on his site, Nashville criminal defense attorney Brent Horst discusses the legalities of spanking your children.

In the video, titled Can I go to jail for spanking my children, Brent Horst outlines how it’s not illegal in most states to discipline your children through spanking, should you choose to employ that method.

The caveat here is that if you leave any physical sign, such as a bruise or red mark, it can be seen as an injury to the child.

Sometimes, there is a thin line between a punishment that will and will not leave a mark on your child. If you are being accused of domestic violence or child abuse, it might simply be a disciplinary misunderstanding. The Nashville defense attorneys of Horst Law understand how these kinds of accusations can arise and can help you defend yourself. Call us at (615) 403-2971 to learn more.