Clarksville Criminal Defense Attorney

Arrested in Clarksville, TN? Don’t Plead Guilty! Call (931) 361-4477 Now.

At Patton & Pittman, we realize what is stake for you. If you face criminal charges, you could be looking at jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension, and a lifelong criminal record. Your right to possess firearms, obtain a security clearance, or even to child custody could all be affected. Our Clarksville criminal defense firm offers the aggressive, top-rated defense you need and deserve.

Our criminal defense team is headed by Chris Clark, a former assistant District Attorney who has handled numerous high-profile felony cases. Our criminal defense attorneys will listen to your goals and implement a plan for success at every stage of your case. Our team can battle to get your case dismissed or get you acquitted of all charges.

Are you a member of the military? Our defense lawyers regularly represent members and officers of the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell as well as their civilian spouses and children. Before we negotiate a plea deal or go to trial, we always take into account the potential impact any action could have on your military career.

Tennessee Criminal Laws

Offenses: Felonies & Misdemeanors

Criminal offenses fall into one of two main categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies, such as rape and murder, are typically considered more serious and are subject to harsher punishments. On the flipside there are misdemeanors, such as driving under the influence and assault, which are considered less serious offenses and thus subject to less severe penalties. However, you can still face serious criminal and non-criminal consequences for a misdemeanor, which is why you should consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to avoid unnecessary repercussions.

In Tennessee, there are three classes of misdemeanors: Class A, Class B, and Class C. Here is a breakdown of each class and the punishments you may face if you are convicted:

  • Class A Misdemeanor: You face up to 11 months, 29 days in jail and/or fines up to $2,500. Examples of Class A misdemeanors include assault, marijuana possession (simple possession), and DUI.
  • Class B Misdemeanor: A conviction can get you up to 6 months in jail and/or fines up to $500. Common examples include reckless driving, driving on a revoked or suspended license, and prostitution.
  • Class C Misdemeanor: These usually consist of motor vehicle or regulatory offenses, such as speeding, wildlife violations, and other petty offenses. Class C misdemeanors can carry up to 30 days in jail and no more than $50 in fines.

Some offenses like DUI and simple possession have mandatory minimum fines. Some crimes like DUI have mandatory minimum jail sentences.

Some offenses like domestic assault have serious non-criminal consequences such as the lifetime loss of certain constitutional rights.

As you can see, misdemeanors are serious criminal charges and should not be taken lightly, especially if you’re a repeat offender. A criminal record can make it difficult for you to obtain a job, apply for school, rent an apartment, or even buy a home.

If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, please contact our Clarksville criminal defense attorneys at Patton & Pittman Attorneys today. Our team can look at your case and help you get your charges reduced or even dropped.

Tailored Legal Solutions to Defend Your Future

The attorney you hire will work your case from start to finish—your defense is never left in the hands of a paralegal. We offer the fully qualified representation you deserve. We can help you get your charges reduced or dropped altogether. We can also look into pretrial or judicial diversion to help you avoid criminal conviction and potentially get your record expunged. Our criminal defense team is ready to pursue the best possible resolution for you. Contact our Clarksville criminal law firm today.

Call (931) 361-4477 to request your FREE initial consultation. We are ready to discuss your legal defense options with you.