Sevierville Criminal Defense Lawyer
Criminal offenses have serious consequences such as jail time, fines, and community service. If you or someone close to you has been arrested or charged with a criminal defense, it is wise to take immediate action. The attorneys at Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC have worked on numerous criminal defense cases over our 30 years of practicing law. Our Sevierville criminal lawyers can help you with your criminal case from the beginning all the way through to a potential court case.
What are Criminal Charges?
There are three types of criminal offenses: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. An example of an infraction would be a speeding ticket. Individuals do not get sentenced to jail for an infraction, but they can still be required to pay hefty fines. Misdemeanors are smaller crimes than felonies, but both can have a serious impact on a person’s future. According to the 2015-2016 Annual Report of the Tennessee Judiciary, the most common criminal charges seen in the state are:
- Drug crimes;
- Probation violations;
- Driving under the influence (DUI);
- Sexual offenses;
- Robbery; and
- Homicide, including murder and manslaughter.
At Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC, we also help clients who have been charged with white collar crimes, juvenile offenses, warrant appeals, and more. If you have already been convicted, we can help you with the appeals process or with getting your name expunged.
What is the Procedure for Criminal Cases?
After arrest, there are specific steps each criminal case will take. First, you will be detained until there is a preliminary hearing. It is critical that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after you have been arrested, or even if you are simply under investigation. You have the right to remain silent, which is critical until your lawyer has arrived. Law enforcement will attempt to get you to confess, even if it is a false confession, or reveal other potentially incriminating information. Thousands of convicted Americans, people who the police forced or coerced to confess to crimes they did not commit, have now been exonerated due to DNA evidence, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. It is crucial that you immediately contact an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney before speaking with the police. We will advise you on what to say and how to say it, so that your words are not twisted around to incriminate you for a crime that you did not commit.
Reach out to the Experienced Sevierville Criminal Defense Lawyers of Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC
Criminal charges can be intimidating. You may have questions about what your charges mean, the legal process, and how you can best protect your rights. At Fox Willis Burnette, PLLC we can advise you and represent you through the unforgiving legal system. Contact our Sevierville location today at 865-225-6784 for a free initial consultation. With your entire future on the line, you need the most experienced criminal defense lawyer available who will aggressively advocate on your behalf and ensure that your rights are protected.