You can be certain of several things if you are a Tennessee resident who is being investigated for white collar criminal activity.
Children are, well, children.
Although a recent law enforcement initiative carried out by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office might reasonably seem noteworthy on several fronts, one thing certainly jumps out as being especially prominent regarding the so-called "warrant roundup" of scores of people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.