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A misdemeanor citation in Nashville is no big deal, think again

Posted February 10, 2016Lee Martin - College Students, Drug Cases, Misdemeanor Cases, Prostitution Solicitation, Shoplifting

A misdemeanor citation in Nashville is no big deal, think again

Everyday people in Nashville and all throughout Tennessee citizens are given misdemeanor citations.  They are not handcuffed or hauled off to jail.  These offenses vary from simple possession, shoplifting, to patronizing prostitution charges. The primary trait these crimes have in common is that they are all misdemeanor offenses that do not require the police officer to formally arrest the accused.  As a result, many people accused of misdemeanor offenses think that these offenses are not a big deal.  They assume they can handle the situation themselves and just know that the truth will win out when they go to court.  This approach can often be a big mistake.

I recently read a news article that addressed this very situation.  A reporter reported that many criminal offenses carry unseen consequences.  For example, the report focused on a young man who wound up with a misdemeanor drug conviction on his record.  He simply went to court without a lawyer because he assumed that an innocent man would not get convicted.  That was not the reality in his case.  As mentioned before, he walked out of court with a permanent drug conviction on his record and this conviction has haunted him sense then.  Despite earning a bachelor’s degree and working towards a master’s degree, the subject of the story described his life as “stuck in a standstill” due to the roadblocks that the drug conviction has put in his path.  He could never seem to move forward as result of the drug conviction.  This news came as no surprise to me.  I speak with many each week that have made the same mistake.  A person facing criminal charges should never assume that if they avoid jail they won’t later face obstacles. The simple truth is that misdemeanor criminal convictions can come with dire consequences.  These consequences could haunt you for the rest of your life.  Many of these consequences are not seen until many years in the future.  Criminal convictions can affect circumstances varied as employment, housing, loans, and child custody.  These issues are very important to most Americans.

The good news is that many of these unfortunate outcomes can be prevented with the help of an experienced Nashville criminal defense attorney.  There are often alternatives to pleading guilty and having a resulting criminal conviction.  An experienced attorney will be able to help you navigate your way through the criminal justice system and avoid being taken advantage.  In the end, this will often save someone a tremendous amount of time and money.  The long term costs of a conviction will always outweigh the short term investment in quality legal representation.  An attorney can help by avoiding fines, court costs, and a resulting criminal conviction.  An attorney can serve as an insurance policy that could bring a silver lining to an otherwise bad situation.

The legal process does not have to be intimidating and I work hard to make sure my clients get optimum results in their criminal cases.  I also work hard to make sure my clients are put at ease and informed of all their rights and options.  Please do not go to court alone and assume the truth will win out.  It seldom does.  Call today at 615-345-1988.  I will be happy to discuss all of your options in dealing with your Nashville misdemeanor charges.

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-Lee Martin is a nationally recognized DUI and criminal defense attorney.  He provides premier legal services by limiting his caseload exclusively to DUI and criminal matters.  Lee knows how to build a solid defense strategy for your upcoming court date.  Let Lee Martin be your choose as your Nashville area criminal defense lawyer.   If you have pending charges, give him a call at 615-345-1988.

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