Diligent Franklin, Brentwood & Columbia, TN Criminal Defense Attorneys Preserve Your Freedom
Our criminal defense lawyers are fighting to defend your rights in Spring Hill & Murfreesboro, Tennessee
When you have been charged with a criminal offense, be it a drug crime, DUI or violent crime, you need help fast. If convicted, you could face fines, imprisonment, and perhaps worse, depending on the crime and the verdict.
At a time like this, you need the help of a tough criminal defense lawyer who has the experience in Tennessee courts to anticipate the prosecution and the diligence to gather the proper evidence to present a compelling case in your favor.
With law offices in Franklin, Columbia and Brentwood, TN, The Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates handle criminal defense matters for clients throughout Tennessee.
How the legal process works
The more you know, the more you are in a position to help yourself. Here is a brief look at the steps you can expect from the legal process when charged with a criminal offense:
- Stop—The police may stop you for questioning. You have the right to refuse to answer.
- Search—If probable cause exists, a judge can issue a search warrant to look for items connected with the alleged criminal activity. Warrants are not necessary for all searches.
- Arrest—To be arrested, there must be probable cause that a crime was a committed and that you committed it. You have two important constitutional rights: the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.
- Booking—Following your arrest, the police escort you to the police station for the booking process, where you are fingerprinted, interrogated, searched, and photographed.
- Appointment of a criminal law attorney—If you cannot afford an attorney and you have been charged with a crime punishable by imprisonment or a fine, the court may appoint an attorney to defend you.
- Arraignment—You appear in court once criminal charges are filed and you will be asked to enter your plea to the crime with which you have been charged. If you plead guilty, you will be sentenced without trial.
- Bail/bond—Often, you must provide cash, a bail bond, or court-depending, a pledge of property to ensure you appear for further criminal proceedings.
- Speedy trial—The U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to a speedy trial — that is, a trial will be held within a certain time frame after you have been charged.
- Trial—If you do not reach a plea agreement with the prosecutor (many prosecutors will consider one), your case moves to trial. Depending on the charges, you may have the right to a trial by jury.
- Appeals—In the event you are found guilty, you have the right to an appeal, usually ten days after judgment.
- Expungement—In some circumstances, you may be able to have your criminal record removed, or in the case of juvenile records, destroyed.
Criminal defense law firm in Franklin and Columbia, TN
If you don’t know what to look for in an attorney, we have created a few checkpoints you need to double check to in order to choose them correctly.
Our guide to finding the right criminal defense lawyer will help provide you with a small checklist of things to mention and research on when choosing your lawyer.
Make sure you know what to provide your criminal defense attorney before going into their office and remember that everything you say to your lawyer is held in confidence because of client-lawyer privilege.
Contact a criminal defense law firm in Columbia and Franklin, Tennessee
The Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates will work hard to protect your rights in criminal defense cases like DUI arrests. We will do everything possible to aggressively pursue justice on your behalf. Call us today at (615) 412-1121 or use our convenient online form to schedule your free initial consultation.