Jan Hoffman of The New York Times reported on the issue of juveniles not understanding their rights when questioned by the police. The  studies show that  a juvenile is not developmentally ready to make decisions that will impact their life forever. One common misconception is that the parents must be present when their child is questioned

  The Tennessee State Legislature debated whether to require juvenile sex offenders to be placed on the sex offender registry .The sex offender registry got it’s start under the Adam Walsh Act. Melanie Bean , a criminal defense attorney from Lebanon , Tennessee is the Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Tennessee Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She attended the meetings are here are her observations.Melanie has done a great job in following these bills.Continue Reading Will The Sex Offender Registry be Extended To Juveniles