Being found guilty and convicted of a crime in the State of Tennessee can result in serious consequences. Depending upon the nature and extent of the underlying criminal offense(s), you could be sentenced to jail time, forced to pay hefty monetary fines, and/or serve a period of probation or community service. A criminal conviction on your record also makes it difficult to find a place to live, go to school, or find gainful employment. It could also impact your personal and professional relationships with others.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Tennessee, it is essential that you have legal counsel by your side as early on in the process as possible. The Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyers at Dotson & Taylor will explain all of your legal options to you and ensure that your rights are fully protected while your criminal case is pending. You can rest assured that we will zealously advocate for your legal and personal interests – both during plea negotiations and, if necessary, in court. Please give us a call today to find out more about how we could assist you with defending against your criminal charge.
Negotiating a Favorable Plea Deal with the Prosecutor
The majority of criminal cases in Tennessee do not go to trial. Instead, they are resolved by way of a plea deal. Experienced criminal defense lawyers have good working relationships with criminal court prosecutors and judges. Therefore, your lawyer might be in a position to negotiate a favorable plea deal on your behalf with the state prosecutor who is assigned to your case.
In a plea deal, the defendant typically pleads guilty and gives up his or her rights to a jury trial and appeal – in exchange for some concession by the prosecutor. For example, the prosecutor might agree to a charge reduction or a period of probation in exchange for a guilty plea by the defendant.
Formulating a Strong Legal Defense to Your Charge
If you are successfully able to assert a strong legal defense at trial, there is a chance that your criminal charge or charges could wind up being dismissed. Depending upon the underlying offense, there are a variety of defenses that your lawyer could assert on your behalf of a trial. For example, your lawyer could argue that you acted in self-defense, that police entrapment or coercion existed, or that you were somewhere else at the time of the alleged crime.
An experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer will be able to let you know what potential defenses might apply to your charge and if it is worth the risk of taking your case to trial. If your case does go to trial, you can rest assured that your attorney will zealously advocate for your best interests in court.
Speak to an Experienced Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
The experienced legal team at Dotson & Taylor is ready to assist you with every aspect of handling your criminal case. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney, please call us at (615) 890-1982 or contact us online today to learn more about how we could help you.