Court of Criminal Appeals Opinions

Format: 05/03/2016
Format: 05/03/2016
State vs. Milton Spears, Jr.
02C01-9606-CR-00197
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/10/97
State vs. Ricky Tucker
02C01-9606-CR-00196
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: W. Fred Axley
Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/10/97
State vs. John Earnest
02C01-9604-CR-00114
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Carolyn Wade Blackett
Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/10/97
State vs, Albert Lewis
02C01-9512-CR-00394
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Bernie Weinman
Shelby County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/10/97
State of Tennessee vs. Joseph L. Fletcher
03C01-9606-CC-00229
Authoring Judge: Judge Joe G. Riley
Trial Court Judge: Judge James E. Beckner

Defendant, Joseph L. Fletcher, appeals as of right a jury conviction for driving under the influence (DUI), second offense. He was sentenced to eleven months and twenty-nine days and fined $610. Fletcher presents four issues for our review: 1) whether the evidence was sufficient to sustain the conviction; 2) whether the state is required to prove a culpable mental state for a DUI conviction; 3) whether the trial court abused its discretion in allowing testimony about certain drugs; and 4) whether the sentence is excessive. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

Greene County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/09/97
State of Tennessee vs. Clinton Darrell Turner
03C01-9604-CC-00151
Authoring Judge: Judge Thomas T. Woodall
Trial Court Judge: Judge Ben W. Hooper, II

The Defendant, Clinton Darrell Turner, appeals as of right his conviction and sentence for DUI. Following a jury trial, the Defendant was convicted of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant and driving on a revoked license in the Cocke County Circuit Court. The trial court sentenced the Defendant to eleven (11) months and twenty-nine (29) days on the charge of driving while under the influence and six months for the charge of driving on a revoked license. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. The trial court suspended the entire sentence for the conviction of driving on a revoked license. On the DUI, the Defendant was ordered to serve seven days in jail with the balance to be served on probation. In addition to challenging the sufficiency of the evidence, Defendant also argues the trial court erred by allowing an officer to testify as to field sobriety tests when the officer was not trained to administer those tests. The last issue the Defendant raises is that the trial court erred by sentencing him to serve seven days rather than the two (2) day minimum provided by law. We affirm the judgment of the trial court.

Court of Criminal Appeals 07/09/97
State of Tennessee vs. Teri L. Hopson
03C01-9601-CC-00007
Authoring Judge: Judge Gary R. Wade
Trial Court Judge: Judge Arden L. Hill

The defendant, Teri L. Hopson,1 was convicted after a bench trial of DUI second offense. The trial court sentenced her to eleven months, twenty-nine days; the defendant is to serve forty-five days in jail at 100 percent with the possibility for work release. Her driver's license was revoked for two years. Proof on a defense motion to suppress evidence was presented during the course of the bench trial; a ruling that the arrest was lawful was made at the conclusion of the trial.

Washington County Court of Criminal Appeals 07/08/97
Jason Jermaine Dobbins vs. State
01C01-9703-CC-00113
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Maury County Court of Criminal Appeals 06/30/97
State vs. James Holloway
01C01-9608-CR-00330
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: J. Randall Wyatt, Jr.
Davidson County Court of Criminal Appeals 06/30/97
Maurice Booker vs. State
01C01-9606-CC-00271
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Donald P. Harris
Williamson County Court of Criminal Appeals 06/30/97
State vs. Shawn Huff
01C01-9606-CC-00261
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Charles D. Haston, Sr.
Court of Criminal Appeals 06/30/97
State vs. Jerome Patrick Lyons
01C01-9603-CC-00119
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: William Charles Lee
Bedford County Court of Criminal Appeals 06/30/97
01C01-9603-CC-00107
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge: Robert E. Burch
Dickson County Court of Criminal Appeals 06/30/97
State vs. William Charles Jones
01C01-9512-CC-00402
Authoring Judge:
Trial Court Judge:
Maury County Court of Criminal Appeals 06/30/97