Chattanooga criminal defense lawyer

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Hamilton County, TN area since 1982

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Arrested and charged with a crime?  The consequences are very serious.  You may face many years in prison. As well as loss of your job, driver s license, family problems, and the list goes on.   First, retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Chattanooga attorney Jim Purple defends criminal defendants  in Tennessee, and has since 1982. Our attorneys practice  in Sessions Criminal, Criminal Court, and City Courts: Red Bank, East Ridge, Collegedale, Soddy Daisy, and more.

What is Criminal Law?

arrested need criminal defenseThe criminal law sets the acceptable limits of conduct in society. Everyone is expected to obey the criminal law. But,  break the law, you suffer the penalty of punishment.

The criminal law generally does not require you to perform an action. Rather, it forbids an unlawful action. The State of Tennessee, and the federal government have their own set of criminal laws. A skilled criminal defense lawyer will explain the law to you.   Criminal law consists of the legal code.  As well as,  the rules that define criminal or illegal conduct and the penalties.   It also includes the rules of criminal procedure.  Which is the established set of actions employed to prosecute a crime and protect the rights of the defendant. A crime is an illegal act for which a punishment (jail or prison time, or fine) will be imposed upon conviction.

Retain a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Don’t face criminal charges alone. Let the criminal defense lawyers  at Purple Law Firm, help you. Chattanooga criminal defense lawyers defend and protect your rights.

Whether at trial or in a plea agreement, Purple Law Firm always works hard to achieve the best result possible for you. From the setting of your bond to the disposition of your case, have an attorney experienced in criminal law on your side.  Contact a skilled  criminal defense  lawyer in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Felony Charges

A felony charge accuses you of committing a very serious crime. There are several classes (A-E) of felony crimes.   The punishment ranges from 1 year to life in prison, or capital punishment.

Conviction of a felony criminal offense leads to the loss or limitation of certain constitutional rights. This includes the right to vote. As well as the 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. If you have been arrested or indicted for a felony crime, retain a  Tennessee criminal defense lawyer to represent and defend you. Remember you have the right to remain silent, speak only to your criminal attorney.

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Misdemeanor Crimes

A misdemeanor means being arrested and accused of committing a less serious crime. The penalties range from fines to jail time  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.   Find out if you have been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor crime. Consult with a criminal defense lawyer practicing criminal law in Tennessee. The attorney will explain the charge and the penalties you face.

DUI- Driving under the influence of intoxicants, including alcohol, marijuana, illegal narcotics, and some prescription drugs.

Conviction of a DUI offense can lead to a revoked drivers license. Multiple convictions of a DUI offense can lead to felony charges. The penalties for a DUI conviction are very tough in Tennessee. Retain an experienced DUI attorney to defend your legal rights,   A DUI defense involves ensuring the police used proper procedures. It also seeks to ensure that the blood alcohol test has been properly administered.

Traffic Offense or Citation

Traffic citations are a violation of the state or city traffic laws. The penalties range from fines to suspension or revocation of driver’s license. Don’t be alone in court hire  an attorney to represent you before the city court or general sessions court for a traffic charge, ticket or citation.

Criminal Law and Procedures

Stay up to date on and explore the issues of criminal law and defense. Follow Purple Law Firm’s legal blog The Law and You In Chattanooga.

What does it mean to plea bargain?

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 defense lawyer.   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. Learn more about plea bargains in Tennessee.

Pre Trial Diversion in Tennessee

Tennessee offers a chance  for first time criminal offenders  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. Speak to a criminal defense  lawyer  about pre trial judicial diversion and your case. In short, 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.

  Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chattanooga

Criminal law is very serious. The outcome of your criminal case could affect you for the rest of your life.   Aside from the penalties of the criminal law, there are many other negative effects when a person is convicted or a crime.   Don’t go it alone. Or save a few dollars. Put experience to work for you.   A criminal defense lawyer who is seasoned knows how to formulate a defense and if necessary, negotiate a plea agreement for you. Experience matters, and so does reputation. Chattanooga criminal defense lawyer, Jim Purple has been practicing in the Hamilton County area since 1982. He also serves Bradley, Rhea, and Marion County.