Rutherford County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Fighting for you and protecting your future in Rutherford County Criminal Court

Facing criminal charges, along with being incredibly stressful, can be very isolating. You may feel condemned by those around you. Judged by more people than those you may face in court. In addition to this, you may face going to jail and paying heavy fines. The Rutherford County criminal defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley have a record of successfully defending clients against criminal charges for more than 40 years.

What type of offenses and defenses to a crime are recognized in Tennessee?

Criminal offenses in Tennessee include:

  • Domestic Assault
  • Drug Offenses
  • DUI
  • Rape
  • Theft
  • Traffic violations
  • Violation of Probation
  • White Collar Crimes: forgery, illegal possession or fraudulent use of a credit or debit card

Crimes run from a capital crime that could result in death or life imprisonment and Class A felonies punishable by no less than fifteen years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 to Class C misdemeanors punishable by less than thirty days in jail and a fine no more than $50. The nature and severity of the crime determine its classification and level of punishment.

If you have been accused of a crime in Tennessee and you did not commit said crime, you would plead not guilty. Hopefully justice would prevail and a court of law would find you not guilty as well. If you have been accused of a crime that you did commit, you still may not be found legally culpable if you can successfully present one of the defenses recognized by Tennessee law. These defenses include:

  • Mistake, duress, and entrapment
  • Insanity: You must be able to prove that you were of such a severe mental disease or defect that you could not comprehend the nature or wrongfulness of your actions.
  • Intoxication: Voluntary intoxication is not a defense, but if you were involuntarily intoxicated, such as being drugged, that would be a viable defense.
  • The Necessity Defense: If your criminal actions were done in order to avoid imminent harm and the need to avoid the harm outweighed the harm done to others that your actions caused, then you may be able to assert this defense.
  • Self-Defense: If you had a reasonable belief that you were in imminent danger or death or serious bodily injury, then you can be found justified in threatening or using force against another person.

Contact our experienced Rutherford County Tennessee criminal defense attorneys today for a free consultation

When so much is at stake, you want to make sure you have the best possible representation. Look no further than the highly-acclaimed Rutherford County criminal defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley. Clients have trusted our lawyers for more than 40 years. Contact us today online, or call 615-893-1331 to schedule a free consultation.