Criminal Defense

“Aggressive Legal Representation For All Criminal Law Issues”

Being charged with a crime in Tennessee is a serious matter. A criminal conviction can not only result in the assessment of heavy fines and costs, it can also result in days, weeks, or months (or even longer) of imprisonment. Additionally, a criminal conviction can carry with it administrative costs as well as a social stigma that results from being a “convicted criminal.”

Criminal defendants in Tennessee are afforded important rights and protections by state and federal laws, but these rights and protections can be waived (or given up) if they are not properly exercised and asserted. Therefore, it is important to retain experienced and aggressive criminal defense counsel as soon as possible after being charged with a criminal defense. The sooner you retain legal counsel, the sooner your Tennessee criminal defense attorney can begin crafting a personalized trial strategy designed to clear your name or (if an acquittal is not possible) minimize the negative consequences of a criminal conviction.

Assistance Available for a Variety of Criminal Charges

Regardless of the precise charge leveled against you by law enforcement and the government’s prosecutor, the criminal defense lawyers of Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, are more than capable of assisting you in preparing and presenting your defense. The first step in doing so involves understanding the nature of your charges. We can help you if you have been charged with:

  • Driving under the influence crimes: If the government prosecutors are alleging that you drove a vehicle while you were under the influence of alcohol, you can expect to be aggressively prosecuted. There are mandatory jail sentences and fines that accompany even a first-time DUI conviction. You can also face enhanced penalties if your alcohol concentration is over a certain limit or if you have prior convictions for DUI. If your DUI resulted in the injury or death of another, or if you had children in the car at the time you were alleged to be under the influence, you may also be subject to additional charges.
  • Drugged driving crimes: It is a crime to drive under the influence of drugs, regardless of the amount of drugs present in your system and regardless of whether you have a legal right to use those drugs. Like DUI, instances of drugged driving are aggressively prosecuted. The potential penalties for drugged driving are the same as those for driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Simple drug possession crimes: Do not let the name fool you – even “simple” drug possession can result in fines and significant jail time. Repeated convictions for “simple” drug possession will result in enhanced penalties. In addition, any possession of illegal drugs within 1,000 feet of a drug-free zone (like a school) will result in a significant increase in your fines and/or other penalties. Drug possession convictions can also affect any professional licenses you have or would like to obtain in the future and can affect your employment and educational prospects. You can be found in “possession” of drugs that are belong to someone else, so long as the government can show you had the ability to exercise some measure of control over the drugs.
  • Drug paraphernalia crimes: Many innocent-looking items can be considered drug paraphernalia if the defendant intends to use them to ingest, cultivate, or manufacture drugs. The defendant’s intent in this type of case is critical: if the defendant did not possess a spoon or knife with the intent to use in to ingest, store, manufacture or take some other action in connection with drugs, the defendant will most likely be acquitted. Despite this, many defendants accept convictions for drug paraphernalia without challenging the government’s proof. In some cases, a conviction for drug paraphernalia can be just as serious as a conviction for simple drug possession.
  • Asset forfeiture: The government is able to seize assets used in the commission of certain crimes and, through the forfeiture process, confiscate or sell this property. This can occur even if the property’s owner had no idea his property was used in the commission of a crime. Additionally, forfeiture is possible even if no crime is charged and/or no defendant is convicted. If your property has been seized by law enforcement and is alleged to have been involved in the commission of a crime, aggressive defense counsel is the best way to protect your assets and property from forfeiture.
  • Speeding tickets: For commercial drivers and regular motorists alike, a speeding conviction results in much more than fines and administrative costs. Your insurance premiums can rise, your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked, and (in the case of commercial drivers) you may even lose your job. Rather than paying a speeding ticket without question, have your case examined by an experienced criminal defense attorney who can analyze the government’s evidence and advise you on the best course of action for your situation.

How to Choose the Right Criminal Defense Attorney

There are a multitude of attorneys available to represent Tennessee residents who are charged with the commission of a crime. How do you know which attorney to choose? Look for an attorney who has the following characteristics:

  • Honesty: You need an attorney who will give you the “cold, hard facts” about your situation, including the nature of the charges, the possible penalties you face, and your likelihood of success at trial. You also need to know what defenses, if any, you have available to you. With so much at stake, do not settle for an attorney who only wants to tell you what you want to hear.
  • Teamwork: Preparing your legal defense is a team effort: you supply the overall goals and objectives, and the attorney is there to help you choose the tactics that will achieve those goals. An attorney who wants to take over your case and handle all aspects of your defense without your input can quickly lead to you feeling “out of the loop.” This can cause you anxiety and stress, as it increases the worry you experience about the status and outcome of your case.
  • Zealousness: Finally, you want an attorney who will fight aggressively for your rights and freedoms. If you choose to fight your criminal charges, you want to know that your attorney will persuasively and persistently represent your interests in and out of court. Your attorney should be willing and able to present the facts in your case that are favorable to your innocence to the judge or jury. You do not want a defense attorney whose only job is to convince you to accept a plea bargain, especially when such a bargain is not in your best interests.

Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, is Your Memphis Criminal Defense Law Firm

The criminal defense team at Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, know that criminal charges can be unsettling to most individuals. We are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while making sure you understand the process every step of the way. Contact us today at (901) 388-5805 for personalized and aggressive criminal defense representation.

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Bartlett TN, 38134
Douglass & Runger is an association of attorneys, not a partnership. Douglass & Runger serves clients in the greater Memphis area, including Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Cordova, Germantown, Lakeland, in addition to the surrounding counties, including, but not limited to, Chester County, Fayette County, Hardin County, Hardemann County, Lauderdale County, Madison County and Tipton County Tennessee. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or tax advice. The transmission or receipt of any information on this website is not intended to, nor does it create, an attorney-client relationship. If you have any questions, or would like to set up a consultation to discuss your case, please contact us at help@douglassrunger.com , all rights reserved.

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