Criminal issues are of the utmost importance, because often your freedom is on the line. In Tennessee, if convicted of a crime, you are subject to both fines and incarceration. Even the smallest criminal issues, if not handled properly, can result in jail time and fines.
Most people do not understand the legal system, and are not equipped to protect their rights when they are arrested. You have many rights under both the Constitution of the United States and the Tennessee Constitution, but the police only have to read you your "Miranda Rights," and only under certain circumstances. They will not tell you all of your rights. If you are under arrest, the police are not your friends. They are allowed to lie to you. They are allowed to do almost anything to get you to incriminate yourself further. If you are arrested, the only thing that you should say is "I want to speak to a lawyer." Hiring a lawyer is the only way to be sure that your rights are protected.
Too many times, people accused of crimes speak to the police and admit things that they shouldn't. Whether you or a loved one are accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, shoplifting, or something much more serious, it is important that you protect yourself by saying NOTHING to the police without an attorney.
If you have a case in criminal court, call IMMEDIATELY. It could very well be the difference between a huge fine with jail time and getting your case dismissed.
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