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Protecting your rights under arrest

Certain situations in life are inherently stressful. For instance, job interviews, getting married and public speaking tend to raise people's stress levels somewhat. There's one thing that typically ranks high on most people's lists of stressful experiences in life, and that's getting arrested. If you've ever been pulled over in a traffic stop in Tennessee or were involved in some other incident that resulted in police showing up and asking questions, you likely understand how such situations cause anxiety levels to soar.

The significant impact of domestic assault violations

If you are facing allegations or charges of domestic assault, you may be overwhelmed with the potential criminal penalties you face. While this is a normal response, you must also consider how a conviction could affect other areas of your life. In addition to time behind bars and other penalties, the effect of these serious allegations can have a long-reaching impact into other personal and important matters.

Charged with a crime? How a lawyer can help

In order for justice to be done, a criminal defendant must have representation that can understand every variable that can come up in a case. This goes far beyond reading statutes and understanding court procedure. Every case can be different and a defendant representing him or herself may find their client at a great disadvantage.

Can I expunge my criminal record in Tennessee?

Having your criminal record expunged can be advantageous in many ways including applying for college, improving your credit rating, helping you obtain employment and securing a raise or promotion. If you have been convicted of certain misdemeanors or Class E felonies, it is now possible to have your record expunged in Tennessee.

What is judicial diversion?

Being charged with a criminal offense can be a frightening experience, especially if it is your first-offense. Most likely, you feel overwhelmed and frightened about what your future will hold. You are faced with many questions like, Will I go to jail? What kind of punishment may I face? Will I lose my job?, and you may not know where to turn. The possible punishment you could face will depend on the crime you have been charged with. However, the good news is that as a first-time offender you may be eligible for judicial diversion.

Consider each option carefully for your criminal defense strategy

One of the aspects of facing criminal charges that can make defendants uncomfortable is not knowing what the outcome of the case might be. Some defendants might opt to fight the charges against them for as long as possible. Those defendants might decide that they want a jury of their peers to hear their case and to decide if they are guilty or innocent. Other defendants might opt to seek out a plea bargain for their case. We know that this decision is a very important one for all defendants.

What happens when you aren't the only defendant?

It's a common scenario in criminal defense: two or more people are charged related to the same crime or group of crimes. When you aren't the only defendant, you have to consider what the other person might do or say in your defense strategy. It's also probably not in your best interest to share an attorney or strategy with another person.

Criminal convictions aren't the end of the story

For a number of convicted defendants in Tennessee, summer 2015 provided a reprieve. Four men who were previously convicted of crimes saw their cases overturned during a 35-day period this year. Legal analysts have reported that such an amount of overturns in a short time period is unusual, and even more unusual is why the overturns occurred.

Protect your rights throughout the criminal justice process

In many of our posts, we have discussed various aspects of the criminal justice system. The one point that remains constant throughout these posts is that all defendants have the right to present a defense against the charges they are facing. In all these cases, the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime. We know that facing the criminal justice system isn't what anyone would classify as easy.

Addressing criminal charges from any direction

The manner at which you approach a criminal defense case depends on a number of factors. You have to ask yourself what your priorities are with the case: Obviously, everyone would like to walk away completely cleared of charges, but realism is an essential skill in any defense. If an innocent verdict is not highly likely, then priorities may be to reduce sentencing as much as possible.

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