Cookeville Criminal Laws
Being arrested for a crime can be one of the most frightening episodes in the life of anyone in Tennessee. Depending on the charges filed against you in Cookeville, you may be facing prosecution at a local, state or federal level and sometimes at more than one level if your charges involve several crimes. Whether you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor, the effects of an arrest can be long-lasting, costing you not only personal freedom, but also affecting future employment opportunities and possibly involving fines or restitution that you may have to pay.
While the law does not require you to retain the services of a criminal law attorney, it is in your best interest to hire attorneys who are knowledgeable about criminal laws and have experience defending against charges at the local, state and federal level. Having spent time at the District Attorney General's Office in Knox County, I know how prosecutors can build a case against you and what the best strategies are for defending you.
Cookeville criminal law, not just one approach
Not all charges filed in Cookeville and Middle Tennessee carry the same level of punishment, so your legal defense needs the flexibility and nuance that comes from trying a variety of cases. As an experienced criminal lawyer in Cookeville, I have defended cases against:
- Disorderly conduct
- Drug offenses
- Theft crimes
- DUI arrests
- Violent acts
- Sex crimes
Criminal laws can be applied differently in each case and the assistance of an experienced criminal attorney can be invaluable in navigating these differences.
Whether you have one charge or several charges against you, or you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor, all prosecutors must establish the case against you during the phase known as discovery. In this phase, prosecutors lay out the evidence and establish the scope of punishment they are pursuing. The charges can be complex and daunting, so having the right attorney to explain them to you and provide the right defense is crucial to reduce or dismiss your charges.
My philosophy of criminal defense is to aggressively counter the evidence during this early phase to avoid going to trial. While other criminal law attorneys in Cookeville can drag out the process, I work diligently to provide my clients the speediest and most effective defense possible.