If you have been given a misdemeanor citation or arrested for a misdemeanor crime in the greater Memphis area, you need a knowledgeable and confident Memphis criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your rights and freedoms.
In Tennessee, the consequences of a conviction for a misdemeanor can be serious and long-lasting depending on the circumstances of the offense. As your Memphis Misdemeanor attorney, I will leave no stone unturned in obtaining the best results possible in your case.
In Tennessee, Misdemeanors, whether a citation or physical arrest, can be a serious crime that carries mandatory jail time and fines. A misdemeanor citation or arrest does not have to mean automatic jail time or fines with an experienced Misdemeanor lawyer to steer you through the process for the best results possible.
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Misdemeanor crimes in Tennessee are grouped into three main categories:
A Misdemeanor - up to 11 months and 29 days in jail
What happens if I am given a citation in lieu of arrest?
If an officer decides to issue you a citation rather than placing you under arrest, you still must be booked and processed and attend a mandatory court appearance. Once given a citation you will be free to leave but be required to be booked and processed at a later date written on your citation. You will also be given a mandatory court arraignment date. Contact an experienced Memphis criminal defense attorney prior to your court date to avoid jail time and prevent a conviction from your record by working with the prosecution for alternative resolutions for a dismissal of charges.
What happens if I am caught shoplifting?
One of the most common theft offenses in Memphis occurs when a client is caught stealing items from a local store. Most often, individuals caught shoplifting are issued a misdemeanor citation in lieu of arrest, if the value of the stolen items is less than $1000. It is important to understand that a misdemeanor citation can still result in jail time up to 11 months and 29 days. Merchant's restitution may be an option to have the charges dismissed depending upon your prior criminal record.
What is going to happen if I am arrested for domestic assault?
Often when arrested for domestic violence charges, the judge will impose bond conditions that may require you to not contact the victim, not reside at the same address, and attend anger management classes. It is important to understand domestic assault is a misdemeanor that can result in up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, as well as prohibit you from owning a firearm. Contact an experienced Memphis domestic assault attorney to avoid jail time and prevent a conviction from your record by working with the prosecution for alternative resolutions such as anger management, parenting class, or drug counseling for a dismissal of charges.