Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Lawyer
Protecting the Legal Rights of the Accused
If you have been charged with a crime in Murfreesboro, TN, or believe you are under investigation for one, it is vital that you find a quality criminal defense lawyer with experience right away.
At Parkerson Santel, PLLC, our law 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 criminal defense attorneys possess the experience, knowledge, expertise, and work ethic your case will need in order to provide the utmost in client representation.
When Should You Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?
You should hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. In a perfect world, it would be great to have an attorney at the moment your arrested. However, since this is not practical, you should attempt to speak to an attorney as soon as you are released from being arrested.
Criminal Defense Cases We Handle
At Parkerson Santel, PLLC, our defense law firm in Murfreesboro, TN provides legal representation for a broad range of charges.
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 Charges
Being accused of criminal charges can be a frightening and stressful affair.
Whether you are guilty or not, being faced with a 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 an offense, it is vitally important you know your rights and how to handle this situation.
First, it helps to understand the different types of accusations and their consequences:
- Being charged with a crime means that you have been formally accused by the state. However, a person facing charges 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 an offense 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 criminal offense 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 throughout TN.
If you’ve been charged, 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 criminal defense lawyer will advise you on what to do and will start building your defense.
Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers with Proven Results
Fortunately, it’s not as easy to be convicted of charges.
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 charges, they will not be able to achieve a conviction without a guilty plea.
Our job, as criminal defense lawyers, 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 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 criminal defense lawyers.
We understand the complex issues that arise in a criminal defense case and what is at stake.
As former prosecutors, Criminal Defense Lawyers 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.