What Kind Of Criminal Cases Does Your Firm Typically Handle?
We handle all types of cases. Everything from low level misdemeanors to high felonies. We handle a lot of domestic violence related cases, including aggravated domestic violence. We also handle drug cases, DUI’s, theft, assaults, aggravated assaults, robberies, and aggravated robberies. We also take on a small amount of civil matters.
What Are The Main Differences Between Misdemeanor And Felony Charges & Convictions?
A misdemeanor is a minor offense that carries a maximum penalty of 11 months and 29 days in jail. A felony carries a punishment of one year or more.
What Happens In The First 24 Hours After An Arrest In Tennessee?
First, bond will be set based upon several factors, including the severity of the crime that you’re charged with and whether the judge or magistrate determines that you are a danger to the community or a flight risk. Someone with a longer criminal record is going to have a higher bond amount, due to the risk to the community. Also, if there is a whole lot of evidence pointing out that this person is likely guilty, their bond will be higher than a person charged with the same crime where there’s not so much evidence.
To make the bond, most people choose to go through a bail bondsman. You typically pay your bail bondsman 10% of what the bond amount is and they cover the bond for you. The money you pay a bondsman is never returned. Even if the defendant is found innocent of the charges or the charges are dropped, that money goes to the bondsman for taking the risk. In most circumstances, you can do a property bond or pay a full cash bond in lieu of using a bondman.
If you make a bond you will be given a date and time to return to court and answer the charges against you. If you are unable to make bond you will sit in jail until your case has been resolved.
Do Most Criminal Cases Go To Trial Or Do They Settle Outside Of Court?
Fewer than 10 percent of cases today actually go to trial. Most of them come to some other type of agreement and settle before they get there. In the event, your case goes to trial you definitely want someone representing you who has been there before.
How Does A Prior Arrest Or Conviction Impact My Current Criminal Case?
Prior convictions can impact your case a lot, in several ways. Should you choose to testify at trial, your prior criminal history could come in as evidence against you in front of a jury. Also, when someone has a long criminal record, prosecutors tend to be very eager about the case. When they see those repeat offenders, they want to hammer them harder than a typical offender.
For more information on Criminal Cases In The State Of Tennessee, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (615) 546-0048 today.
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