Innocent until proven guilty. That is the premise of the American criminal justice system: someone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty in the court of law. If you have been charged with a crime, the prosecution must prove you committed the crime, beyond what is called “reasonable doubt”. Does this process sound simple? It's not. Criminal charges are serious and, if you are convicted, you face not only the penalties for the crime but also the long-term consequences.
Tennessee criminal law
Each state is charged with enforcing its criminal laws. Generally, states do not differ significantly in the types of conduct that are criminalized. But the ways in which the laws are enforced does vary considerably from state to state. Tennessee criminal laws address violent crimes such as sexual assault, robbery, assault and battery, and all types of homicide.
Can I defend myself?
If you have been charged with a crime, you have the opportunity to present a defense. But let's face it: the average American citizen does not have in-depth knowledge of criminal law, nor do they have the necessary understanding of how their state law works. In addition, they lack the requisite skill to competently defend themselves against criminal charges. It is important to understand issues such as unreasonable search and seizure, plea bargains, and recent court decisions that could impact your case.
What can I expect from a criminal defense lawyer?
An experienced criminal defense lawyer who is knowledgeable of Tennessee criminal law will discuss your case with you, explain your constitutional rights, and provide an overview of how the criminal process works from the time of arrest until the trial and thereafter. Every criminal case is unique and an experienced criminal defense lawyer will assess your case and develop your representation according to the specific circumstances of your case.
In representing you, a qualified criminal defense attorney will also:
- Conduct legal research, interview witnesses, examine documents
- Hire and manage investigators
- Work with prosecutors to negotiate reduced charges or lesser sentences
- Provide perspective on your situation, and counsel regarding plea bargains
- Develop sentencing programs that reflect your specific needs
Familiarity with not only the intricacies of Tennessee criminal law but also the customs and procedures in the court of law is essential for your representation.
If you have been charged with a crime, do not panic. Protect yourself. Hire our experienced Tennessee criminal defense lawyers to protect your rights and your future. The skilled criminal defense lawyers at Dotson & Taylor Attorneys at Law are at your side from the time of arrest right through a trial, fighting for you every step of the way. Arrange a confidential consultation with one of our criminal defense lawyers by contacting our office at 615-890-1982 or online. Our attorneys are available to meet with you at the police station or the jail following an arrest.