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Frequently Asked Questions about Criminal Law in Tennessee

Answers from knowledgeable Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys

Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony criminal charge, having to go to court to defend your freedom can be a scary and frustrating experience. The courts are overcrowded with cases and communication is nearly impossible. You need a lawyer knowledgeable in the law and compassionate to your stress. You need the Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer from the Law Office of David L. Scott. We fight for your freedom and keep you informed every step of the way. Trust our firm to defend your rights when facing criminal charges.

Contact a Murfreesboro criminal law attorney today for a free consultation and answer all your questions

The sooner you contact the Law Office of David L. Scott to answer your questions, the more time we have to work on your case and your defense before going to court. You can schedule a free initial consultation by calling us at 615-896-7656 or by contacting us online.

What sets the Law Office of David L. Scott apart from the other law firms in Murfreesboro?

The most important question our clients have when looking for a Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer is what can we do for you that other law firms cannot. Our first promise is that we offer uncompromising attention to detail of your case and your long-term interests. Your rights and liberties are of the utmost importance to us. We tenaciously go through every piece of evidence and explore every legal avenue to protect you.

What is a plea bargain?

A plea bargain is an agreement with the prosecutor to admit guilt to a crime in exchange for a more lenient sentence. The leniency in sentencing generally includes admitting guilt to a lesser included offense or admitting guilt to fewer offenses than charged. Plea bargaining can be used to your advantage when other alternatives like going to trial are unfeasible and an acceptable agreement can be reached with the prosecutor.

What does it mean if I already have two felony convictions?

Tennessee has a “three strikes” law. This means that people who are what the state deems to be persistent offenders may be sentenced to lifetime imprisonment for their third felony conviction of a violent offense. Hiring an experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer may make the difference between having your freedom and spending several decades in prison.

Can I still be convicted if my home or vehicle was searched by police without a warrant?

Yes. There are several exceptions to the warrant requirements under the constitution. The “plain view” exception is one of the most commonly cited excuses to the seizure of evidence without a warrant. Police commonly stretch the applicability of the exceptions to try to introduce evidence that was illegally obtained. We fight for you when police abuse their power and infringe on your constitutional rights.

What does beyond a reasonable doubt mean?

Our constitutional sets the burden of proof on prosecutors to prove someone responsible for a crime beyond a reasonable doubt before finding them guilty of a crime. This burden is extremely high. To meet this burden, the prosecutor needs to establish that a reasonable person cannot be left with a sense of doubt as to whether the accused was innocent of any element of the accused crime.

How do I keep a criminal offense off my record?

Tennessee has several options for people that are facing a criminal offense or have already been found guilty of a crime. Diversion programs can be agreed to if you have not yet been sentenced to a crime. They are similar to a probation sentence, but if you complete the program the offense can be kept off your record. Other crimes are eligible for expungement. Individuals applying for expungement must have completed their sentence several years ago and cannot have had any recent trouble with the law.



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722 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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4322 Harding Pike #417
Nashville, TN 37205

Phone: 615-203-8062

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