Cottontown, Tennessee Criminal Lawyers

Amanda J. Gentry
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Free Consultation! Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer! Reliable Representation!

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I am an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney. I am passionate about securing your freedom and future. I will fight for your rights! Visit my website for more information or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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Byron L. Pugh
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Tennessee Criminal Law Attorney

Byron Pugh is a criminal defense and family law attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. Byron represents individuals who are charged with a crime, the subject of a criminal investigation, seeking a divorce or engaged in a... Read More »
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Brent Horst
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Tennessee Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience

Brent Horst is a criminal defense attorney serving clients throughout Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis Tennessee. For more than 25 years, Brent has dedicated his legal career to defending the rights of... Read More »
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Joseph W. Fuson
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Determined Tennessee Criminal Attorney! Call for Aggressive Advocacy!

I am dedicated to aggressive representation of the criminally accused. I will fight to protect your rights and ensure your freedom! Visit my website for client testimonials and case results. Call for a consultation. Read More »
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Mike Carter
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Gallatin, TN Criminal Law Attorney
(615) 206-1400 180 N. Belvedere Drive, Suite 7
Gallatin, TN 37066
Criminal
Thomas Boyers V
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Gallatin, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(615) 206-8663 150 West Main Street
Citizens Bank Building, Suite 301
Gallatin, TN 37066
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, Divorce and Personal Injury
Nashville School of Law
Thomas Boyers continues a long tradition of legal and social advocacy, not only in Gallatin and Sumner County but throughout Tennessee in counties such as Wilson, Trousdale, Robertson and Macon. Thomas' Father and Grandfather were lawyers and Circuit Judges who practiced for decades in Gallatin as well as these other counties. Thomas Boyers V's namesake, Colonel Thomas Boyers established the local Newspaper and was the founding president of the Tennessee Press Association. Boyers concentrates on Criminal Defense, Divorce, Personal Injury and Probate cases. Additionally, Thomas Boyers is listed by The Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 Civil Mediator.
Russell Edwards
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Hendersonville, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(615) 822-0431 177 East Main Street
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Divorce
Edwards & Edwards is a small, family owned firm run by two attorneys, Michael Edwards and son Russell Edwards. Edwards & Edwards are skilled, experienced attorneys who handle a myriad of cases ranging from basic legal matters to complex situations. Edwards & Edwards has represented clients in Sumner, Robertson, and Davidson counties, as well as the surrounding Middle Tennessee area, for over 42 years. With the solid capability and proven track record of Edwards & Edwards, you are assured that your legal rights will be represented by top professionals. Russell Edwards has been with the Edwards & Edwards since...
John Chadwick Long
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Gallatin, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(615) 451-0307 130 South Water Avenue
Gallatin, TN 37066
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Nashville School of Law
John Chadwick Long was born and raised in Pulaski, TN. In 1995, Chad graduated from Giles County High School, finishing in the Top 10 of his class. In the fall of 1995, Chad attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he graduated in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Sciences in Communications (Public Relations, major; Finance, minor). As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Student Government Association's Freshman Council. His greatest involvement was with the Epsilon Eta Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity where he pledged in Spring 1996 and was initiated as a Knight and Brother in Fall...
Mr. Roland F. Mumford
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Hendersonville, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(615) 348-0070 165 Indian Lake Blvd.
Suite 103 B
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business and DUI
Nashville School of Law
Blake Kelley
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Nashville, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(615) 305-4539 812 West Old Hickory Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37115
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
University of Colorado - Boulder and Nashville School of Law
Blake Kelley is heavily experienced in Civil & Criminal negotiations, litigation, trial and appeals on all levels up to the TN Supreme Court (DUI, drug, assault, fraud, theft cases as well as Personal Injury, auto accident, big trucking company to slip & fall cases).

His extreme competitiveness and desire to win has been unchanged since his high school & college football playing and coaching days before becoming an attorney/lawyer in 2005. Mr. Kelley has a passion for taking on the 6 trillion dollar GDP Insurance industry (TN Supreme Court case Action Chiropractic v Erie Insurance & Prentice Hyler).

Blake attended the Nashville...
Garth Click
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Springfield, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(615) 384-8444 509 West Court Square
Springfield, TN 37172
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Valparaiso University School of Law
Mr. Kenneth J. Phillips
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Gallatin, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(615) 461-7174 113 E. Main St.
Suite C
Gallatin, TN 37066
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Jon David Rogers
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Hendersonville, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(615) 598-3663 PO Box 2491
Hendersonville, TN 37077
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Family and International
University of Denver
Jon is a native of Beaumont, Texas and spent most of his childhood there as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado. Jon attended AmericanUniversity in Washington, DC and earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in International Studies, with a focus on international trade and finance; and another in Justice, focusing on organized and white collar crime as well as policing methodology. While at AmericanUniversity, Jon was an elected member of student government and very active in the American University and Washington, DC chapters of the College Republicans. Jon has worked in the finance and real estate fields...
Randy P Lucas
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Gallatin, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(615) 451-1013 111 College Street
Gallatin, TN 37066
Free ConsultationCriminal, Employment and Juvenile
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
I have been practicing trial, domestic, juvenile and criminal law since 1983.
Eric M Larsen
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Tennessee Criminal Law Attorney

As a former probation/parole officer and the son of a decorated homicide detective, my entire life has been connected to the criminal justice system. I've seen the inside of a prison, I know police tactics, and I've seen... Read More »
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Bernard McEvoy
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Tennessee Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience

Have you been charged with a crime or criminal citation in Nashville, TN and/or Davidson County? You need to contact the Law Office of Bernie McEvoy, a Nashville criminal lawyer with over 25 years experience in criminal... Read More »
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Ami Brooks
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Springfield, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(615) 382-9147 509 W Court Square
Springfield, TN 37172
Criminal, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Nashville School of Law
Peter Frech
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Goodlettsville, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(615) 859-9665 405 Two Mile Pike
Suite A
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Tennessee College of Law
N. Kee Bryant-McCormick
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Hendersonville, TN Criminal Law Lawyer
(615) 431-2693 B-202
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Juvenile
Randi L. Crawford
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Nashville, TN Criminal Law Attorney
(615) 227-2850 4205 Gallatin Road
Nashville, TN 37216
Free ConsultationCriminal, Consumer, Divorce and Family
Springfield, TN Criminal Law Lawyer
(615) 384-8463 122 6th Ave W
Springfield, TN 37172
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Springfield, TN Criminal Law Lawyer
(615) 384-8463 122 6th Ave W
Springfield, TN 37172
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
Gallatin, TN Criminal Law Attorney
(615) 452-2000 121 Public Square
Gallatin, TN 37066
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
Gallatin, TN Criminal Law Attorney
(615) 452-5872 116 Public Square
Gallatin, TN 37066
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Hendersonville, TN Criminal Law Lawyer
(615) 824-5613 394 W Main St
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Gallatin, TN Criminal Law Attorney
(615) 452-5872 116 Public Square
Gallatin, TN 37066
Criminal, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Jenna D'Agostino
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Tennessee Criminal Law Lawyer

I am a knowledgeable and skilled Attorney at Freeman & Fuson. I am dedicated to providing my clients with outstanding service and representation for an array of legal needs. My practice areas include Criminal Law,... Read More »
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Don Himmelberg
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Tennessee Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience

Don Himmelberg is a criminal defense attorney in Nashville, TN. Don graduated Middle Tennessee State University before moving on to pursue his J.D. at the Nashville School of Law in 1985. While in law school, Don was... Read More »
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Madison, TN Criminal Law Lawyer
(866) 970-4545 1994 Gallatin Pike N. Suite 100
Madison, TN 37115
Criminal
Springfield, TN Criminal Law Lawyer
(615) 384-8444 509 W Court Square
Springfield, TN 37172
Criminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Medical Malpractice
Lebanon, TN Criminal Law Lawyer
(615) 444-7222 100 Public Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
Criminal
Eric M Larsen
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Franklin, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(615) 567-3072 342 Main Street
Suite 202
Franklin, TN 37064
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Personal Injury
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
As a former probation/parole officer and the son of a decorated homicide detective, my entire life has been connected to the criminal justice system. I've seen the inside of a prison, I know police tactics, and I've seen first-hand how our criminal justice system can be unfair.

My passion is standing up for folks who need someone knowledgeable and skilled in their corner to protect their rights.

My passion for standing up for what's right is also delivered in the representation of folks experiencing the challenges of a Divorce or Child Custody battles.

Having started my career primary...
James A Turner
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Murfreesboro, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(615) 895-0030 6 North Public Square
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Nashville School of Law
Jimmy Turner focuses his practice on criminal defense, insurance and injury litigation, and estate planning. A Memphis native, Jimmy graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Administration. Prior to entering law school, he worked for Covenant Transport in Chattanooga, TN, one of the largest trucking companies in the Southeastern United States. This education and experience has provided Jimmy with a unique, firsthand knowledge of the transportation industry and federal motor carrier regulations not held by the average attorney. As an attorney, Jimmy has also represented a number of trucking companies in injury...
George Frank Lannom
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Mt. Juliet, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(615) 444-3995 541 North Mt. Juliet Road
Totty Building, 3rd Floor
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
I concentrate my practice on the defense of citizens accused of crimes. The principle of my practice is simple: I believe that you have to care for the people you represent. This ideology results in my offering a personal and specialized approach to each of my clients. I offer genuine concern and empathy for those I represent and this is the core of my practice. I will do everything that can be done to provide you the best defense possible and I and my team of lawyers, paralegals and investigators will do it to the best our ability. I...
Frank J. Steiner
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Nashville, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(615) 730-6090 2200 21st Avenue South
Suite 309
Nashville, TN 37212
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Employment and Probate
South Texas College of Law
Jonathan Turner
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(615) 274-9309 342 Main Street
Suite 202-B
Franklin, TN 37064
Free ConsultationFranklin, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Family and White Collar Crime
University of Virginia
Jonathan Turner is a former Virginia prosecutor and an experienced trial, criminal defense, DUI, and family law attorney. He has successfully handled a wide range of cases from DUI, drug offenses, probation violations, serious felonies like murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, thefts, misdemeanors, child support, child neglect, and child custody cases. As a criminal prosecutor, he tried thousands of criminal cases and was known as an aggressive trial attorney. In Tennessee, he has successfully defended clients from being convicted ranging from serious felonies like especially aggravated kidnapping to drug dealing, to all types of misdemeanors, to...
Donnavon K. Vasek
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Lebanon, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
137 Public Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Probate
Nashville School of Law
My legal focus shifted to criminal law when I started working as Frank Lannom's Lead Investigator at the Law Offices of Lannom & Williams. Working with Frank and his Associate, Melanie Bean, exposed me to the glaring fact that we as citizens must ensure that our consititutional rights are protected in the courts. From investigating simple DUIs to sex offenses to vehicular homicide, I have seen firsthand how important it is for every citizen to have access to skilled and dedicated defense counsel. Now that I am a practicing attorney at Lannom & Williams, I intend to uphold the...
Brent Horst
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Nashville, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(615) 403-2971 315 Deaderick St
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Nashville, TN 37238
Criminal
University of Toledo
Brent Horst is a criminal defense attorney serving clients throughout Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Memphis Tennessee. For more than 25 years, Brent has dedicated his legal career to defending the rights of those who have been falsely charged with crimes by the government. Common cases Brent takes on involve sex offenses, domestic violence, DUI/DWI, drug crimes, white collar crimes, probation violations, and more. Today, Brent is known as a well-respected attorney among both his fellow peers and his clients as he fully commits to helping individuals defeat their charges or receive lesser sentences. If you are in need of a...
Jonathan Turner
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Former VA. Prosecutor who will aggressively Fight for Your Rights

Jonathan Turner is a former Virginia prosecutor and an experienced trial, criminal defense, DUI, and family law attorney. He has successfully handled a wide range of cases from DUI, drug offenses, probation violations,... Read More »
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Christopher Coats
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Tennessee Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience

As a lawyer and a former judge, I have often seen how good people can get into trouble. When they do, they need a lawyer they can trust and depend on. A lawyer who will listen. A lawyer who knows the law. A lawyer... Read More »
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Joseph W. Fuson
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(615) 298-7272 2126 21st Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212
Nashville, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
Nashville School of Law
Gregory Paul Patton
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Clarksville, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(931) 361-4477 101 N. Third Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
Criminal, Business, Family and Personal Injury
University of Tennessee College of Law
Gregory Patton is a founding partner at Patton & Pittman Attorneys. He passionately advocates on behalf of his clients and makes sure their rights are being observed. His primary practices include mediation and arbitration, personal injury, insurance and business disputes, property claims, and more. He has been awarded an AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale- Hubbell® and has earned membership to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. Patton is also a Rule 31 General Civil Mediator and has mediated hundreds of cases.
Amanda J. Gentry
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2021 Richard Jones Rd
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Nashville, TN 37215
Free ConsultationNashville, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Nashville School of Law
Dedicated, Aggressive, Compassionate Attorney fighting for your rights.
Matt Maniatis
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Nashville, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(615) 366-1211 2874 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Immigration
Loyola University New Orleans
Matt Maniatis is a partner at Saenz & Maniatis, PLLC, a Nashville, Tennessee law firm assisting the community in the areas of immigration and naturalization, criminal defense, divorce, family law, probate, and civil litigation. Matt attended the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, receiving his diploma in 2004. Matt graduated in 2008 from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminology. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree in 2011 from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, with a certificate in international legal studies. Matt is licensed and admitted to practice...
John P. Cauley
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Franklin, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(615) 243-7839 1550 W. McEwen Dr, Ste 300
Franklin, TN 37067
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Juvenile
Michigan State University
John P. Cauley is a criminal defense attorney serving Franklin Tennessee and the surrounding areas since 1994. Prior to attending law school Mr. Cauley served in the United States Marine Corps where he earned the rank of Major. Mr. Cauley is also a former Assistant Attorney General where he served in the Criminal Justice Division. He has extensive trial and appellate experience. If you face a criminal charge in the State of Tennessee -- including Federal charges you need someone who enjoys a fight and knows what it takes to win. Each case is handled personally...
Don Himmelberg
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Nashville, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(615) 308-5405 525 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Nashville School of Law
Don Himmelberg is a criminal defense attorney in Nashville, TN.

Don graduated Middle Tennessee State University before moving on to pursue his J.D. at the Nashville School of Law in 1985. While in law school, Don was employed in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office; he also gained experience as the Law Clerk for Circuit Criminal Court. Upon admittance to the Bar, Don served as an Assistant District Attorney, responsible for prosecuting both misdemeanors and felonies.

After several years as a prosecutor, Don made the decision to enter private practice with his partners, Jim Higgins and Rick Piliponis. Together, the three attorneys opened...
Cynthia A. Sherwood
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Nashville, TN Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(615) 873-5670 201 4th Ave N
Suite 1130
Nashville, TN 37219
Free ConsultationCriminal, Domestic Violence, Juvenile and White Collar Crime
Vanderbilt University Law School
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Cynthia Sherwood is one if the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in Nashville, TN. She has been practicing in Nashville since graduating from Vanderbilt Law School almost 20 years ago.

When asked why she practices criminal defense, Ms Sherwood replied: "I feel a deep satisfaction from freeing my clients, both in the literal sense and figuratively from the mental burden of a criminal charge. I feel empathy for every client, and I cannot stand to lose."

That combination of empathy and competitiveness has proven to be quite powerful.

Her defense strategies have evolved to embody much more than...
Lawrence (Larry) Arnkoff
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Brentwood, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 46 years experience
(615) 973-4570 5115 Maryland Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Miami
There are several things I want potential criminal clients to know about me. I have more than 40 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer in Tennessee and Florida. I represent clients who are being prosecuted or investigated for federal or state crimes. The majority of my practice is spent defending federal white-collar crimes, money laundering and drug trafficking. My considerable experience has allowed me to earn the respect of the Federal Judiciary, the U. S. Attorney's Office, the U.S. Marshal's Office, and all of the Federal law enforcement agencies (DEA, FBI, ATF, IRS, Homeland Security, etc.) in Middle...
David Ridings
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Nashville, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(615) 851-1888 211 Union Street
Suite 202
Nashville, TN 37201
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Nashville School of Law
David G. Ridings, Nashville DUI Attorney

Former Metro Nashville Police Officer David Ridings is simply Nashville's BEST choice for your DUI Defense.

While his practice is 100% Criminal Defense, most of that is DUI defense. And rightfully so. Nashville DUI Attorney David Ridings has experience like no other Criminal Defense Lawyer around. He has experience on every side of the criminal justice system. (i.e. Police, Prosecution, Drug Enforcement, Probation and Parole, and now... Defense). He has a long history of service in law enforcement. He has served as a police officer for over 10 years at,...
J. Caleb Cassell
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707 Main St
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Nashville, TN 37206
Free ConsultationNashville, TN Criminal Law Lawyer with 3 years experience
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Immigration
Belmont University College of Law
J. Caleb Cassell is licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee, has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee. He is a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and serves as an Attorney Mentor in the Belmont University College of Law American Inns of Court.

A native of Tennessee, Caleb is a graduate of Belmont University College of Law. While attending law school, Caleb was a member of the Board of Advocates - Mock Trial Team, was a charter board member and served as the Executive Editor of Notes of the...
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.