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Franklin is often recognized as a historic city with a strong commitment to the preservation of its Civil War sites and other landmarks. Its proximity to Nashville and substantial population growth over the past several decades have promoted its status within the regional economy. As the county seat, Franklin is the hub of the Williamson County court system, which contains the Circuit Court, General Sessions Court, DUI Court, and Juvenile Court. Many of the criminal defense attorneys at Freeman & Fuson have strong ties to Franklin. Attorneys Mark Freeman and Joseph Fuson both grew up in the area. With years of experience protecting the rights of clients who are facing charges, our Franklin criminal defense lawyers can provide you with insight and vigorous advocacy throughout the proceedings.
Two of the key areas in which we represent people in Franklin and the surrounding communities are crimes involving marijuana or drunk driving (DUI). We also assist people who are fighting charges of other drug crimes, assault, domestic violence, or white collar crimes.Marijuana Offenses
In Tennessee, marijuana offenses are treated as serious crimes. Despite the push to decriminalize the simple possession of marijuana, a conviction can result in disproportionately severe penalties. For first-time offenders, the possession of a half-ounce of marijuana or less for personal use is a misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum fine of $250, a sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, supervised probation, and drug testing and treatment. Recently, Tennessee passed legislation reducing third and subsequent convictions of simple marijuana possession from felony offenses to misdemeanors. Although the fines will increase with each conviction, people will no longer face multiple years of incarceration or deal with the stigma of a felony record for a non-violent offense.
The strategy that a criminal defense attorney in Franklin uses to fight a marijuana charge will depend on the facts of the case. For example, if the police had no legal right to stop you or search your person or home, you could argue that this constitutional violation prevents the prosecution from presenting evidence of the marijuana discovered as a result of the search. A simple possession charge may be resolved in a number of ways, such as a plea bargain agreement, dismissal, or trial. While many first-time convictions do not result in jail time, some prosecutors will pursue the maximum penalties under the law. An attorney familiar with how drug cases are handled in Williamson County can provide specific guidance to people facing charges there.DUI Defense
Driving under the influence (DUI) in Tennessee means driving or being in physical control of a motor-driven vehicle in public while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or with a blood or breath alcohol concentration of 0.08% or greater. If you are stopped by police and refuse to submit to a BAC test, your license will be automatically revoked. If you have been charged with drunk or drugged driving in Franklin, a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can explain the consequences of a BAC test refusal and any further decisions. We can also look into the details of the stop to determine whether law enforcement may have failed to follow proper procedures in making the stop or conducting tests.
Tennessee is aggressive in its efforts to prevent drunk driving. The law imposes harsh penalties upon a conviction, and even a first-time DUI offender can face jail time. In addition to a jail sentence from two days to 11 months, punishment for first-time offenders may include a minimum fine of $350, revoked driving privileges for one year, participation in an alcohol and drug treatment program, restitution, and an ignition interlock device installed on your car. A DUI will remain on your driving and arrest record permanently, and subsequent convictions will result in more severe penalties. With so much at stake, hiring a capable defense attorney is crucial.Contest a Criminal Charge with Assistance from a Franklin Lawyer
People facing criminal charges are naturally concerned about their future. At Freeman & Fuson, we realize that giving thorough advice and personalized attention to your case may relieve some anxiety. Our Franklin criminal defense attorneys work tirelessly to defend people accused of alcohol and drug offenses, as well as other crimes. We also represent residents of Brentwood, Thompson Station, College Grove, Spring Hill, Nolensville, Arrington, and Fairview, as well as many other communities in Williamson County. To speak with an experienced defense lawyer, call Freeman & Fuson at 615.298.7272 or contact us online.