Chattanooga Criminal Attorneys
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Involves the accusation of having committed a very serious crime
. There are several classes (A-E) of felony
crimes, with punishment
ranging from 1 year to life in prison, or capital punishment. Conviction of a felony offense can lead to the loss or limitation of certain constitutional rights, including the right to vote, and to right to own or possess a firearm. Contact a
felony criminal attorney in Chattanooga, TN
. Felony charges in Tennessee include aggravated assault, theft over $500, robbery, gun crimes, and a multitude of sexual offenses, just to name a few. There a variety of drug charges that are classified as felonies in Tennessee.
Tennessee criminal lawyer
to inquire as to the crime for which you have been arrested or indicted.
Being arrested an accused of committing a less serious crime
with penalties ranging from
fines to incarceration
for up to 11 months 29 day for a Class "A" misdemeanor. Misdemeanor crimes include simple drug possession, simple assault, prostitution crimes, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and a variety of other criminal offenses. To find out if you have been charged with a felony or a
consult with an attorney practicing criminal law
Driving under the influence of intoxicants, including alcohol, marijuana, illegal narcotics, and some prescription drugs. Conviction of a
offense can lead to the revocation of drivers license, and multiple convictions of a DUI offense can lead to felony charges.
Traffic Offense or
A violation of traffic laws
, with penalties ranging from fines to suspension or revocation of driver's license.
Don't be alone in court retain an attorney to represent you
before the city court or general sessions court for a
traffic charge, ticket or citation.
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legal rights, and learn more about the criminal attorneys who can defend you if you are arrested and charged with committing
What does it mean to plea bargain?
If you are charged with a crime then you may have the case tried before a jury or you may be able to enter a
plea bargain (plea agreement) with the State of Tennessee by
pleading guilty to the crime charged or a lesser crime with the provision for a
lesser sentence or perhaps probation. To endeavor to compromise and settle a criminal case is a serious and complex decision that should only be made after getting
legal advice from a criminal attorney. Learn more about plea bargains
Pre Trial Diversion in Tennessee
Tennessee like many states offers the opportunity for
first time criminal offenders an opportunity to have the
charge diverted or stalled for a period of time. Formerly Tennessee offered both pretrial diversion and judicial diversion.
Tennessee now only allows for a
judicial diversion. A judicial diversionary period is set by the court and during that time, if the defendant does not commit any further crimes, then the original charge may, upon application to the court, be dismissed and expunged from the record.
DUI Offenses are not eligible for judicial diversion. There are also many other serious offenses that are not eligible for judicial diversion. Speak to a
criminal attorney about pre trial judicial diversion.