Rutherford County’s Favorite Lawyers for Eighth Straight Year

The Law Office of W. Scott Kimberly has been voted Rutherford County’s Favorite Law Office once again, earning recognition for exceptional legal services for an impressive eighth straight year. Murfreesboro Attorney Scott Kimberly also received recognition as Rutherford County’s Favorite Lawyer.

On behalf of our entire staff, Scott and Chase want to take a moment to say thank you for your support in the 2020 Ruthies Awards. We are honored to win another two awards for distinguished lawyers in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, bringing the total to fourteen awards over the past eight years.

If you or someone you know are going through a difficult time, whether it involves divorce in Rutherford County, child custody lawyers, being arrested in Rutherford County, or all of the above, call the law office that has been recognized by its community for an unprecedented eight consecutive years.

We are here to help. When it matters most!

What Do I Do If a Police Officer Says I Am Being Detained?

In criminal cases in Rutherford County, Tennessee, our clients often find themselves face-to-face with police, at a time where police are making a decision to press charges or not. We are often asked what do I say if the officer says I am being detained or arrested?

The short answer is very simple: ask for your lawyer!

Every year, our office lectures at MTSU on police-citizen encounters and, more specifically, what to do if you are pulled over by the police. At the end of the presentation, we typically offer a simple way to end a traffic stop that we call one question, two answers.

The question is am I under arrest? No matter which way the question is answered, we advise our students to respond with only four words.

If the police say no, you are not under arrest, we advise our clients to say: I want to leave.

If the police say yes, you are under arrest, we advise our clients to say: I want my lawyer.

And that’s it!

A simple way to understand what to do if an officer says you are being detained (also called being arrested), is to respond with only four words: I want my lawyer!

Nothing else! No comments, questions, suggestions, or other information. Be respectful, ask for your lawyer, and understand that the police have an important job to do, so don’t be a jerk for no reason.

If you or a friend are arrested in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, or anywhere else in Rutherford County and Middle Tennessee, give us a call and we can talk you through the next steps.

How is Child Support Calculated?

In divorce, child custody, and parenting plan modification cases, calculating child support is often one of the easiest things to do.

The State of Tennessee issues what is called the “Tennessee Child Support Guidelines” which lead to the creation of the Tennessee Child Support Worksheet. The Guidelines set out the rules around Child Support. The Worksheet actually helps calculate the support amount. You can view each at the following links:

This fillable worksheet takes in the following from each parent: gross monthly income, any expenses for work related child care, routine insurance for the children, and other various expenses that you may incur monthly.

It is important to note that the Child Support Worksheet also allows for credit to be given to parents who have minor children living in their home from other relationships.

While it may appear to be straightforward, the worksheet can be complex and may involve intensive research. The assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney can make all the difference in setting the right child support figure, making sure that all expenses are in there, and making sure that credit is given where credit is due.

If you or anyone in your family are either facing a divorce with children, establishing paternity, or modifying an existing parenting plan, give Scott and Chase a call for a free consultation and advice on the paths forward to help achieve what you want.

Doscher Appointed RCCBA Public Service Chair

Our very own Murfreesboro Attorney Chase Doscher has been appointed to serve as the Rutherford and Cannon County Bar Association Public Service Chair, which focuses on the operation of the RCCBA Legal Clinic.

The RCCBA Legal Clinic began over fifteen years ago at Greenhouse Ministries in Murfreesboro. Over the years, several local attorneys have volunteered time to assist in managing the Clinic. Recently, the Legal Aid Society has provided tremendous support to the Clinic as well.

Scott previously served as RCCBA Public Service Chair, helping coordinate the Legal Clinic for two years from 2015-2017. Chase began volunteering at Legal Clinic when he joined the office in early 2019 and has now been given a leadership role to assist those in need.

The Mission of Legal Aid is to advance, defend, and enforce the legal rights of low-income and vulnerable people in order to secure for them the basic necessities of life. As part of its mission, Legal Aid assists with legal clinics throughout the State of Tennessee, which provide an opportunity for members of the community to meet with a volunteer lawyer to discuss a legal problem.

The RCCBA Legal Clinic meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month at Greenhouse Ministries, 309 South Spring Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130. Sign-ups begin at 2:30 p.m. and those in need are served on a first-come, first-served basis. We have supported this program for years and we look forward to Chase serving in this critical role for our community.

What is the Rutherford County Recovery Court?

On Tuesday, our office had the privilege of visiting the Rutherford County Recovery Court Open House to learn more about the services offered to criminal cases in Murfreesboro and all of Rutherford County.

This post is not based upon an official position from the Recovery Court. Instead, this post is based upon our experience working with these courts as well as what our clients relate back to us from their participation in the programs.

The Rutherford County Recovery Court includes at least four different programs: DUI Court, Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and Veterans Court. Each court is intended to address the underlying issues that may have led to criminal conduct, whether it is: alcohol dependency (DUI Court); drug dependency (Drug Court); untreated mental health issues (Mental Health Court); or service-related conditions (Veterans Court).

From our perspective, these programs benefit our clients significantly more than alternate sentencing or other conditions. If you put someone with an alcohol dependency in jail, they will ultimately be released back into the community with little, if any, treatment or acknowledgement of what caused the jail time. However, if you put someone with alcohol dependency into an intensive program like DUI Court, they will receive support and guidance upon re-entry into society, which will almost inevitably reduce the chances of more criminal conduct– which makes the community better!

Additionally, these programs are a cost-effective alternative to jail time. It costs Rutherford County over twenty-five thousand dollars to house one inmate for a year. In the alternative, the cost to put a participant through the Recovery Court hovers around five thousand dollars a year.

To summarize: Recovery Court has a higher chance of treating the underlying issues that led to someone being charged criminally and can do that at a lower cost than jail.

At our office, we are advocates for the Rutherford County Recovery Court. We have seen this program make a life-changing difference in the lives of many of our clients.

Very few people can truly say they change lives through their work. Here at our office, we believe that the staff at the Recovery Court can confidently say it and we are incredibly appreciative for their life-changing services. If you are reading this and you or a loved one works for the Recovery Court, please accept our sincere thanks.

You can learn more about the Rutherford County Recovery Court at: http://rutherfordcountytn.gov/recovery-court/