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Knoxville Misdemeanor Attorney
Defending Against Misdemeanor Charges in Knox and Anderson Counties
At S|D Law, we understand people make mistakes or find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. We believe in second chances, which is why we take pride in fighting aggressively for our clients. Whether you have been arrested or charged with a misdemeanor crime in Knox or Anderson County, let our firm handle your case.
Our misdemeanor crimes defense lawyers in Knoxville have taken on more than 2,500 cases and have worked hard to maintain a 90% success rate. With our team on your side, you can navigate the criminal process with confidence. Do not leave your future up to chance. Contact us today to schedule a free in-person or virtual consultation.
What Crimes Are Considered Misdemeanors in Tennessee?
While it is true the penalties for misdemeanor charges are not as severe as those for felonies, the impact of a conviction is still serious. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor crime, you could face incarceration, fines, and probation. All these things could easily affect your job, schooling, and relationships.
Examples of misdemeanor crimes include:
- Possession of Marijuana
- Shoplifting (Petty Theft)
- Reckless Driving
- Driving Without a License
- Public Intoxication
It is important to note that the above is not a complete list of misdemeanor crimes. To fully understand your charges and what they mean for you, consult with our team at S|D Law. When you hire us, our years of knowledge and expertise are at your disposal.
What are the Penalties for a Misdemeanor in Tennessee?
In Tennessee, misdemeanor offenses are classified into three classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Each class carries its own set of penalties, and the severity of consequences escalates with the class of the offense.
Class A Misdemeanors:
- Punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail
- Fines up to $2,500
Class B Misdemeanors:
- Maximum jail time of six months
- Fines up to $500
Class C Misdemeanors:
- Jail time is capped at 30 days
- Fines up to $50
Apart from potential jail time and fines, a misdemeanor conviction can have long-lasting consequences, affecting employment opportunities, professional licenses, and personal relationships. Our team at S | D Law understands the gravity of these charges and is dedicated to providing a robust defense strategy tailored to your specific case.
How To Defend Against Misdemeanor Charges
While every case is unique, some common defenses against misdemeanor charges may include:
- Lack of Evidence: If there are gaps or inconsistencies, we leverage them to create a compelling argument in your defense.
- Constitutional Violations: Any violation of your constitutional rights during the arrest or investigation process can be grounds for dismissal. We can scrutinize law enforcement procedures to identify any breaches that may have occurred.
- Mistaken Identity: In some cases, individuals may be wrongly identified as the perpetrator. We can work diligently to establish a strong alibi or present evidence that challenges the accuracy of eyewitness accounts.
- Illegal Search and Seizure: If evidence was acquired through an illegal search or seizure, it may be deemed inadmissible in court. We can examine the circumstances surrounding the collection of evidence to identify any Fourth Amendment violations.
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Why Hire an Attorney for Your Misdemeanor Case?
You do not have to navigate the criminal legal process alone. At S|D Law, we can:
- Develop a defense strategy that is based on our knowledge of what works and what does not in Tennessee criminal courts. No matter the case, we utilize the knowledge we have gained from successfully handling thousands of cases.
- Advocate for your rights and freedoms inside and outside of court. While you might have been arrested and charged, you have rights that the police, the prosecution, and others cannot infringe on.
- Provide support and counsel in this difficult time. We take pride in being there for our clients in the moments it matters the most to them and their loved ones.