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Different ways that a plea deal may be negotiated

When a Tennessee resident is charged with a crime they may be asked to enter a plea regarding the charges. For example, they may plead not guilty and claim that they are innocent of the charges. They may also plead guilty and accept what is said about their conduct as true. They may also attempt to negotiate a better position for themselves in exchange for entering a plea that the prosecutor accepts as sufficient.

Can a criminal record in Tennessee be expunged?

Having a criminal record can seriously affect a person in Tennessee, even if they are ultimately found not guilty of the charges. A criminal record could impose a significant barrier when it comes to finding a job, securing housing or seeking higher education. For some people, however, it is possible to have their criminal record expunged.

An overview of the plea agreement process in Tennessee

When a person is accused of a crime, sometimes it is in their best interests to enter into a plea agreement rather than go through a jury trial. In Tennessee, it is permissible for the district attorney and the lawyer of the accused to engage in discussions without the involvement of the court in order to reach a plea agreement. In a plea agreement, the accused can agree to plead guilty to either the charges against them or to a lesser offense, in exchange for certain acts.

Tennessee man has assault charges against him dropped

Parents in Tennessee will do just about anything to protect their children. Sometimes, a child might make a bad choice, but when that happens parents will make sure that their child is safe. However, sometimes a parent can be charged with a crime, even though they believe they were acting in their child's best interest.

We defend against civilian and military criminal charges

Being charged with any type of crime is an incredible stressful and uncertain experience. Many crimes carry significant consequences and punishments that can alter the course of a person's life forever. Because of these stakes, it's important to understand that having proper representation in such situations is crucial to formulating a strong defense.

Possible defenses for assault and battery

If you have been accused of physically injuring someone or attempting to injure them, you may face assault or battery charges. Being charged with a violent crime is serious and could lead to long-term consequences. Many Tennessee residents convicted of these criminal charges face years in prison.

Defending against assault and battery charges in Tennessee

Facing criminal charges can be overwhelming no matter what the accusations are. However, assault and battery charges can result in some of the most serious consequences, including long-term jail sentences. Being charged with a crime does not mean that you will be convicted. You could avoid conviction and serious penalties by utilizing a solid criminal defense to protect yourself.

What can lead to assault charges in Tennessee?

Facing allegations of criminal acts in Tennessee can be worrisome. There are a litany of accusations and incidents that can lead to criminal charges. One with a variety of different categories is when there are assault charges. Understanding how one can be charged with assault, the various levels of charges and their penalties is imperative when planning a defense.

Man arrested on suspicion of numerous allegations in Tennessee

Situations can arise in Tennessee in which a person makes a mistake or is caught in a circumstance where he or she faces allegations of criminal activities. No matter how it happened, when placed under arrest for any reason, it is never too soon to start thinking about criminal defense to avoid a conviction or to try and have the charges reduced. Because of the extensive consequences and penalties that can arise, this can be the key to the future.

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