In Tennessee, felonies are crimes that are punishable by one year or more in prison, whereas misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by any time in jail for less than one year. I have been representing people accused of various crimes for over thirty years. I have handled felony cases ranging from homicides to drug crimes. I have also represented my clients in misdemeanor cases ranging from DUI to public intoxication.
When you hire me, I represent you. I will go to court with you and will see your case through until it has been resolved. I have tried hundreds of criminal cases and have helped those with criminal problems. If you have a question regarding a legal matter in Tennessee and/or are seeking legal advice, contact me and let’s discuss your case.
Assaults can be felonies, crimes punishable by a year or more in prison, or misdemeanors, crimes punishable by less than a year in jail. Sentences can range from no time in jail to 30 years in prison, depending on the severity of the crime. Fines can range from no fines to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00). You may have a defense to this crime, such as self-defense or consent. Just because you have been charged with an assault does not mean that you are guilty of an assault. If you have been charged with some form of assault, I will do everything legally possible to assist you.
The computer age has brought with it, its own set of crimes. Punishment ranges from one day in jail, up to sixty (60) years in prison, depending on which crime has been charged. Fines range from zero up to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00). Generally, the seriousness of the crime is determined by the amount of money or property taken, or the act that was committed. Depending on what you have been charged with, you may have a defense to the crime, such as acting under an honest claim of right to the property, or acting unintentionally. The possibility of using a defense should be discussed thoroughly with your attorney.
You should know that just because the offense carries jail time does not mean that you will go to jail. There are other ways to settle a case besides going to jail. I will be glad to sit down and discuss the possibilities of helping you, and I look forward to meeting with you.
Unfortunately, violence within the family has grown at an alarming rate. This crime all too often occurs when drugs and/or alcohol are used during a time when tempers flare out of control. Depending on the amount of violence used, and the injuries inflicted, punishment for this type of crime can range anywhere from no time in jail to fifteen (15) years in prison. The fines can range from a zero amount up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). There are several ways an attorney can help. For example, there may be a defense to the crime, such as self-defense or consent. The client may qualify for probation and/or expungement (getting rid of your public criminal record). I will discuss the facts of your case and give you whatever options are available to you.
Drug offenses are very serious crimes. Punishment can range from no jail time to sixty (60) years in prison for the most serious of these crimes. Their fines range from zero to five-hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00). People accused of drug crimes should make no statements to anyone and should contact an attorney immediately. An attorney can investigate whether or not the drugs can be used as evidence against the client. If they can not, then, generally, the case will be dropped or settled. The attorney can explore the possibility of probation or expungement. He can explore the possibility of Drug Court. These matters are complicated and require the complete co-operation of the client. If you are charged with a drug offense, I would welcome an opportunity to discuss your case with you.
A motorist who is stopped for DUI in Tennessee has certain rights which include the right to remain silent, and the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. There are other important rights which should be discussed with your attorney. A DUI arrest can lead to the loss of your driver’s license and jail time. Once convicted, the motorist will have a permanent record of that conviction, and it can be used against him/her in future court proceedings for up to ten years. DUI’s can be successfully defended and I have done that for over thirty years. I would welcome the opportunity to sit down, discuss your DUI and offer my opinion. Let me know if I can help.
For over thirty years, I have represented hundreds of young adults in the juvenile courts of Tennessee. A child who has ended up in juvenile court system is not necessarily a bad child. In fact, most of the time it’s a good child getting into trouble because of a lack of maturity. The juvenile laws are designed to help or rehabilitate a child, if possible.
Many times juvenile cases can be resolved by giving the juvenile a second chance. For the most serious juvenile crimes, there is a proceeding where the juvenile court can transfer the case to adult court. If that happens, generally the juvenile faces the same punishment as an adult. It is important that you contact an attorney immediately if your child is facing a transfer hearing.
Juveniles accused of crimes do have a right to an attorney in court. In fact, anytime a juvenile faces jail time, he/she has a right to an attorney. For some crimes, the juvenile could face a sentence to the Department of Children’s Services and could remain there until he/she turns nineteen (19). Parents of a child in trouble with the law should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. If you need such counseling, please contact me and let me see if I can help your child.
Kidnapping is an extremely serious crime. The punishment for this felony ranges from three years in prison to fifteen years in prison. The fines range from zero up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). For the more serious forms of kidnapping, such as especially aggrivated kidnapping, the punishment would range from fifteen years in prison up to 60 years in prison. The fines could amount to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00).
There are defenses to certain degrees of kidnapping, and there are facts which can lessen the punishment if you are convicted of the more serious forms of the crime. Your case may be one where this type of relief is available. A person accused of kidnapping should contact a lawyer immediately and should not make any statements to anyone regarding the facts of the offense except to his/her attorney. If you have been charged with any form of kidnapping, I would like the opportunity to discuss your case and see what I can do to help you.
Murder is one of the most serious crimes. If severe enough, it can result in the death penalty. Homicides (unlawful killings) are subject to punishments including life in prison without parole or the death penalty. A very common form of homicide is vehicular homicide. This crime commonly involves an intoxicated driver who kills another person with his/her automobile. Not all homicides are punishable. Some are justifiable, as when a person acts in self-defense, or when the facts suggest that an accident occurred.
If you have been accused of any form of homicide, make no statements to anyone about your case except to your attorney. Contact a lawyer immediately and let him advise you further. I have been doing this for over 30 years, and I’d welcome the opportunity to discuss your case.
Sexual assaults are extremely serious crimes. Punishment varies, depending on the seriousness of the assault, but a person convicted of a form of sexual assault could be looking at felony time, more than a year in prison, and thousands of dollars in fines.
There are a wide range of sexual offenses, and it is important that the client contact an attorney immediately upon being charged. Do not make any statements to anyone regarding the facts of the offense. Discuss those facts only with your attorney. There are ways an attorney may be able to help you. For example, there may be a defense to the crime. There may be a way to get probation and avoid jail. There may be a way to lessen prison time at sentencing. These things need to be carefully considered by the client and his/her attorney. If you have been accused of a sexual offense and need to discuss your case with me, be assured that all matters discussed will be held in confidence. I have over 30 years experience in this field, let me put my experience to work for you.
Unfortunately, crimes of theft are very common. Punishment ranges from no time in jail to fifteen (15) years in prison, depending on which crime has been charged. The fines range from zero amount to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00). Misdemeanor thefts are thefts under $500.00. Felony thefts are thefts that are $500.00 or greater. Even a misdemeanor theft on your record can devastate your life. For example, when you fill out a job application and it asks for your criminal record, it is unlikely you will get the job with a conviction for theft on your record. The same is true when filling out a college application. Many colleges will not accept you with a theft conviction.
Before settling any theft charges, talk to me first. Do not limit your future because you did not know how a theft conviction, no matter how small, could hurt you in the future. I may be able to help you. Talk to me and let me see if any defense or other mitigating circumstances are available.
There are many white collar crimes ranging from class C misdemeanors, which carry a jail sentence of up to 30 days, to class B felonies which carry a sentence of up to thirty (30) years in prison. The fines range from zero fines to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00). As with theft convictions, a conviction for a white-collar crime can affect the client adversely for life. Most white-collar crimes involve some form of dishonesty and/or deceit. If you are convicted of this crime, that conviction can be used against you in future court proceedings for up to ten (10) years. It can also keep you from earning a living. For example, when filling out a job application, an employer will be discouraged from hiring you if you have been convicted of a white-collar crime.
If you have been accused of this crime, you should first hire an attorney, and do not make any statements to anyone except your lawyer. There are defenses to certain of these crimes, such as a lack of criminal intent, or negligence. These are matters that a skilled attorney can explore with you. If you want to discuss your case, please let me know. I’ve been helping clients accused of white collar crimes for more than 30 years.