Criminal Law Services
Traffic tickets and citations
We live in one of the most beautiful areas in the country and motorcyclists and other drivers come from all over the world come here to ride U.S. 129, "The Dragon." Your driving citation may be issued by one of the local law enforcement agencies or the Tennessee Highway Patrol
Why do I need anattorney?
The criminal justice system is very complex and many people do not know understand the intricacies of our system. Firstly, understand that The State of Tennessee has many resources at its disposal and you start off at a disadvantage. An attorney can help level that playing field by equipping you with knowledge, and guidance while you confront the allegations against you. Secondly, the burden is upon the State to prove that you committed the crime you are accused of, and an attorney can begin exposing the weaknesses of the State's claims and create the doubt necessary to defeat the State's accusations.
How should I handle Police interactions?
The first thing that we tell everyone is to remain as calm as possible. Everything about law enforcement is designed, on a psychological level, to create a factor of intimidation of authority. Then calmly and clearly state that you do not wish to speak to police, you do not consent to any searches, and that you wish to speak with an attorney.
Do not, under any circumstances, make statements to the police without first consulting an attorney. Chris has many criminal cases and he has seen many, many clients talk their way into a criminal conviction, even when they were not necessarily guilty.
Additionally, do not consent to any searches. There are many times where people have items in their home, car, or in their vicinity which, under normal circumstances, are very common. However, under suspicion of a crime, normal items can take on an unusual contact.
Finally, contact our office and schedule an appointment to speak with Chris. He has the expertise to guide you through the process of a criminal prosecution.