Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Lawyers
Protecting the Legal Rights of the Accused
If you have been charged with a crime in Tennessee, or believe you are under investigation for one, it is vital that you find a quality attorney with experience in criminal defense right away. At Parkerson Santel, PLLC, our Murfreesboro criminal defense team is comprised of former prosecutors who are experienced in all matters of criminal defense. Whether you or a loved one have been charged with a DUI, assault, theft, drug possession, or another misdemeanor or felony, Parkerson Santel, PLLC’s Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys possess the experience, knowledge, expertise, and work ethic your case will need in order to provide the utmost in client representation.
Criminal Defense Cases We Handle
At Parkerson Santel, PLLC, we provide representation for a broad range of criminal charges. Our legal team can aggressively and effectively defend misdemeanors and felonies as well as charges related to drunk driving.
Select one of our specialized areas of criminal defense to learn more:
- Bonnaroo arrests
- Domestic violence and harassment
- Drug crimes
- Sex crimes
- Theft and burglary
- Violations of probation
- Violent crimes
- Weapons crimes
- White collar crimes
What to Do If You’ve Been Accused of a Crime
Being accused of a crime can be a frightening and stressful affair. Whether you are guilty or not, being faced with a criminal charge can turn your entire life upside down and have serious consequences long into the future. If you or a loved one has recently been arrested, accused, or is under investigation for a crime, it is vitally important you know your rights and how to handle this situation.
First, it helps to understand the different types of criminal accusations and their consequences:
- Being charged with a crime means that you have been formally accused by the state. However, a person charged with a crime is still considered innocent in the eyes of the law. A trial or other proceedings must be held in order to determine whether the charged individual is guilty or not.
- Being convicted of a crime means that either the alleged criminal has pled guilty or has been proven to be the perpetrator by the prosecution. A person convicted of a crime is guilty in the eyes of the law. After conviction, the guilty party will be sentenced to pay a fine, spend time in jail, and/or another type of punishment such as house arrest or community service.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, don’t panic! While easier said than done, remember that you have rights under the law and have yet to be proven guilty. There is still time for you to take charge of this situation.
The U.S. Constitution recognizes that all citizens have a right to a trial and are innocent until proven guilty. Though the criminal justice system and law enforcement unfortunately don’t always act as if this is the case, the law is on your side. If you have been arrested, you also have the rights to remain silent and to hire an attorney. Tell the police you would like to speak to a criminal defense lawyer and don’t say anything else until they comply (remember, anything you say can be used against you). From there, your attorney will advise you on what to do and will start building your defense.
Experienced Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Attorneys with Proven Results
Fortunately, it’s not as easy to be convicted of a crime as it is to be charged. The prosecution must use evidence and a sound argument to convince the judge and/or jury of guilt. If they cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you or your loved one is responsible for the alleged crime, they will not be able to achieve a conviction without a guilty plea. Our job is to protect those charged with crimes from being convicted; in the event our clients are convicted, we will do everything in our power to ensure they receive the lightest possible sentence.
Parkerson Santel, PLLC’s Murfreesboro criminal defense and DUI attorneys, Thomas Parkerson and Tommy Santel, have more than 30 years of combined criminal and DUI defense experience, including representation at all levels of criminal proceedings as prosecutors and defense attorneys. We understand the complex issues that arise in a criminal defense case and what is at stake. As former prosecutors, Attorneys Parkerson and Santel have the benefit of looking at your case from the perspective of the State, and with this knowledge can provide quality representation to ensure your rights are protected.
To learn more about how we can help you stand up for your rights, call (615) 987-0268 for your free and confidential case evaluation.