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Skilled Criminal Defense Attorneys In Maryville

Being accused of a crime can be one of the most intimidating, overwhelming experiences of all. A conviction can seriously impact your future, your reputation and virtually every other aspect of your life. But you’re not alone. When you work with an attorney from Shepherd & Long in Tennessee, we’ll do everything we can to protect you. You can rely on us to defend your rights and be by your side.

What Can An Attorney Do For Me?

An experienced criminal defense attorney is your best ally through this time. At Shepherd & Long, our defense lawyers have spent a combined 50 years representing clients through all types of criminal charges, from DUIs and drugged driving charges to more serious felonies like drug trafficking, sexual assault and felony theft. We also represent college students in defense against all types of criminal charges.

We can protect your rights, reduce the consequences of your charges and even get your case completely dismissed in some circumstances. Our firm is committed to helping people throughout Blount County, and we’re proud of the long-lasting relationships we have built with the people we serve in our community. We work hard to create a stress-free environment at our firm where you’re safe to discuss your fears and concerns.

FAQs About Maryville Criminal Defense

The team at Shepherd & Long is ready to answer any questions you might have about your case. You can also feel free to read through some of our most frequently asked questions.

How soon should I call a lawyer after I’m arrested?

For the best outcome for your case, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible after an arrest. Make it your first phone call, or call a loved one who can contact a lawyer on your behalf. The sooner we begin working on your case, the better our chances of a successful outcome. Sometimes, we can start negotiating with the prosecution before they even press charges.

Will my case go to trial?

Not necessarily. Going to trial depends on the criminal offense for which you were arrested, as well as the seriousness of the crime and the circumstances around it. A skilled criminal defense attorney can work with the prosecution to have charges reduced or dismissed.

What are the consequences of a criminal conviction?

When you are convicted of a crime, after you serve the terms of your sentence, you may think everything is behind you. Unfortunately, often this is not the case. Having a criminal record can affect your future in a variety of ways, depending on the severity of the crime. These are known as collateral consequences and can cause you to lose your rights or opportunities regarding:

  • Ability to possess firearms
  • Holding public office
  • Housing
  • Professional licensing
  • Student loans
  • Voting

What are Miranda rights?

Miranda rights, or Miranda warnings, are your constitutional right to remain silent and retain legal counsel after an arrest and before interrogation. The Fifth Amendment provides you the right to protect yourself from self-incrimination, and when you assert your Miranda rights, authorities must stop their interrogation. Law enforcement must advise you of your Miranda rights during an arrest or before interrogation. Without doing so, any evidence obtained from you could be dismissed in court.

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

Felonies are typically the most serious crimes in the criminal justice system, and are punishable by more than a year in prison, all the way up to the death penalty. Misdemeanors are for lesser offenses, with sentences up to one year. Misdemeanor convictions result in local jail time, rather than prison. Tennessee has multiple levels and classes of misdemeanors and felonies.

Can I get my criminal record expunged in Maryville?

Possibly. Some crimes are eligible for expunction in Tennessee, but not all. If our attorneys had your charges dismissed or decreased, you may be able to have your record expunged and clear your criminal record. Dangerous and violent crimes are unlikely to be expunged, so working with our experienced attorneys at the start can help you avoid a criminal record in the first place.

What should I do if I’m arrested for drunk driving?

If you’re pulled over and arrested for DUI, it is vital you do not talk to authorities without an attorney present. You are not legally required to submit to field sobriety testing, but denying a test comes with its own consequences, like automatic loss of license and other penalties. Our East Tennessee attorneys can help with DUI charges.

Get More Information About Your Case

Our defense attorneys are formidable opponents in trial and compassionate allies. We can be your best advocates. Find out how with an initial consultation, where you’ll learn more about what we can do and what you’re up against. Use our online contact form or call 865-383-3118 to get in touch and set up an appointment. Let us be there for you. You’ll soon learn that we don’t back down.