Criminal Lawyer Tennessee & Civil Rights

A Fierce Civil Rights Protector in Nashville, Tennessee

I have had years of experience handling Criminal and Civil Rights cases in Tennessee. As a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, I have learned not to take more cases then I can handle, so that I can put forth the strongest and best defenses for my clients. I do not take all of the Tennessee Criminal Cases or Civil Rights Cases that come through my office door. First and foremost, we will thoroughly examine your case together in order to determine if we are a good fit. After discussing the details of your case, I want you to feel confident with our strategy moving forward.

 

Tennessee Drug Crimes

If you want to effectively defend yourself against a drug offense charge in Middle Tennessee, you would be well served to get a Nashville Trial Lawyer who has handled Tennessee Drug offenses at the State Court level.

Q: What if I have been given a citation for drug possession or simple possession in Tennessee?

A: It is an offense for a person to knowingly possess or casually exchange a controlled substance in Tennessee. Oftentimes, however; if the amount of drugs that you have been alleged to have possessed in Tennessee is of a low amount, you will be issued a citation which will require you to show up and book yourself in Tennessee and get a Court date– usually General Sessions Court or Criminal Court, depending on the situation. Before you book yourself in, contact John Frank at 615.496.1127 for options before you speak to anyone about your situation.

If you have already been taken to jail, booked, or bonded out in Tennessee, then you should already have some idea as to what you are facing. It is very important that you retain a Tennessee criminal lawyer before speaking to the Tennessee District Attorney’s Office or prosecutor. Anything you say to them directly will be used against you.

If you are charged with a drug offense in Tennessee you could find yourself in a serious predicament. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Distributing a small amount of marijuana (less than a half ounce)
  • Manufacturing a controlled substance, any drugs or narcotics
  • Delivering a controlled substance(including but not limited to Cocaine, Ecstasy, Heroin);
  • Selling a controlled substance or possessing a controlled substance without a prescription in Tennessee (including but not limited to Hydrocodone, OxyContin, Adderall, Xanax etc..)  .

If you are charged with any of these crimes, time is of the essence and you will need to contact a Tennessee Criminal Lawyer immediately Please contact me at 615.496.1127 or email me privately at john@higginslawfirm.com

Tennessee DUI and Drunk Driving

In Tennessee the crime of Driving Under the Influence is very serious. The legal limit is .08 and there is a mandatory jail sentence if you are convicted. If you are faced with a DUI in Tennessee, please contact my office directly for more information. Depending on the circumstances in your case, you may be able to avoid getting a DUI on your record. A DUI conviction cannot be expunged so you will need to try everything in your power fight it and I can help with that.

Tennessee Speeding Ticket and other Tennessee Traffic Violations

Although Tennessee Speeding Tickets aren’t technically considered criminal offenses—they are civil infractions (meaning they are punishable by a fine). Tennessee Speeding Tickets can have serious implications and the results of this seemingly minor civil infraction can follow you for years, similar to a Tennessee criminal charge. When you are driving on a suspended license in Tennessee it may also be a criminal charge, which will require you to get booked in, so it is important to contact a Tennessee Attorney immediately. Forward me the information, hire me, and let me handle the stress for you.

Of all those seeking my assistance, there is nothing that makes one more angry than getting a speeding ticket. It’s a hassle, it’s time consuming, and it can be costly.  Oftentimes, I receive calls dealing with someone who is not from Tennessee, but while passing through, they happen to receive an unwanted souvenir. Most people want to know, “will the Tennessee Ticket show up in my home state?” The short answer to that question is- yes. Although not all states subscribe to the compact that shares information, Tennessee, also called the “Volunteer State” likes to “volunteer” your speeding information to your home state through the Tennessee Department of Safety (http://www.tn.gov/safety/). The information that the Tennessee Traffic Court submits to the Tennessee Department of Safety depends on the point violation for the particular Tennessee Traffic Ticket.

The following is a brief list of Traffic Violations from the Tennessee Department of Safety and the points that are assessed to your license: 

Moving Traffic Violations

Violation Points
Tickets and Court Abstractions where speed not indicated on source documents 3
Speeding 1 through 5 mph in excess of speed zone 1
Speeding 6 through 15 mph in excess of speed zone 3
Speeding 16 through 25 mph in excess of speed zone 4
Speeding 26 through 35 mph in excess of speed zone 5
Speeding 36 through 45 mph in excess of speed zone 6
Speeding 46 mph and above in excess of speed zone 8
Speed is less than posted minimum 3
Driving too fast for conditions, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident 3
Operating at erratic or sudden changing speed 3
Reckless Driving 6
Careless or negligent driving 4

*for a full listing of Traffic Points please visit the Tennessee Department of Safety Website http://tn.gov/safety/values.shtml#moving

People often call my office in a panicked voice,  “I forgot to pay the Tennessee ticket on time and my license is now suspended in my home state, what do I do?”, or “ I received a Notice of Non Compliance from the State of Tennessee, what do I do?” If you find yourself in either of these situations, please do not hesitate to call my office as you may still have options available to you.

BEFORE PAYING THE TICKET, remember to check how many points the violation might be worth as this may cause your insurance rates to go up over time which could end up costing a lot more than fighting the ticket. Also make sure that you aren’t charged with the crime of driving on a suspended license, because that could potentially lead to jail time. If you aren’t sure or if would like me to represent you, please contact me directly at 615.496.1127 and email me a copy of your Tennessee Speeding Ticket at john@higginslawfirm.com.

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