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Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Attorney

Alternative sentencing programs may allow you to avoid jail time

The State of Tennessee has come to recognize the value of alternative sentencing programs, programs for certain eligible individuals charged with a crime to possibly avoid jail time. These types of programs can save the state money and prevent the over-crowding problem that jails throughout the U.S. seem to be facing.

If you have been charged with a crime, experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney David Scott of The Law Office of David L. Scott can help. You may be eligible to participate in an alternative sentencing program. Being charged with a crime is overwhelming. Knowing your legal rights and the possibility of avoiding jail time can be a big relief. Our criminal defense lawyer advocates for your rights and your future.

What are some of Tennessee’s Alternatives to Jail?

The type and availability of an alternate sentencing program will largely depend on who is charged with a crime and what crime they have been charged with. In Tennessee, most first-time offenders will likely face probation in lieu of jail time for almost any non-violent offense. Probation may be available for a misdemeanor or even a felony, in some cases. A judge may very well add conditions of probations that include:

  • Curfew

  • Random drug testing

  • Community service

  • Restitution to victim(s) of the crime

Violating a condition of probation risks being send straight to jail.

Another possible alternative to jail is referred to “judicial diversion.” It is a program that a person is granted participation in under certain circumstances. In Tennessee, it is only available to certain first-time offenders, not including first time DUI offenders. With judicial diversion, the individual charged with a crime pleads guilty to said crime, but eventually has the charge removed from his or her permanent record. After entering a plea of not guilty, the individual sends an application for judicial diversion to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. If approved, the individual will serve a probationary period which may or may not include additional conditions. After successfully completing the probationary period, the whole case may be expunged from the permanent record, giving the individual a fresh start.

In other cases, such as an individual facing charges for a non-violent crime, there may be other alternatives to jail presented depending on the prosecution and the judge. An individual who, as believed by the prosecutor and an independent counselor, might benefit from a drug treatment program, may be presented with an alternative to jail time if approved by the court. The court may approve alternatives to jail for those believed to suffer from a drug addiction. These alternatives include:

  • Drug addiction treatment

  • Individual and group counseling sessions

  • Education and Employment training

Contact an experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney today for reliable guidance

Facing jail time is scary and a criminal conviction has the potential to negatively affect your future. The possibility of serving jail time can leave you anxious and afraid. Know your legal options. Trusted Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney David L. Scott protects your best interests. If there is a possible avenue to avoid jail time, attorney Scott will aggressively pursue it for you. Contact the Law Office of David L. Scott today by calling 615-896-7656 or go online to schedule a free case evaluation.




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Murfreesboro, TN 37130

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