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Practice Areas

Nashville Attorneys Skilled in Criminal Defense, Family Law, Injury Law, and Civil Litigation Matters

Freeman & Fuson is a law firm with experienced trial attorneys who can represent you in matters involving personal injury, criminal defense, family law, and civil litigation. Our Nashville injury lawyers are available 24/7 to people who need immediate help. Whether the problem is simple or complex, our firm can provide knowledgeable legal advice and vigorous representation.

Civil Litigation

We are experienced in a wide range of civil litigation involving business law, probate, real estate, consumer law, and landlord tenant disputes. These cases include breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, construction disputes, real estate disputes, boundary disputes, probate litigation, insurance litigation, violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, commercial disputes, and the Tennessee Abuse Registry.

In Tennessee, both oral and written contracts may be enforced. However, there are circumstances in which only written contracts are enforced. Under the Statute of Frauds (Tennessee Code section 29-2-101(a)(4)), for example, a real estate contract may be invalidated if it is not adequately memorialized in writing and signed. In some exceptional cases, however, Tennessee courts have enforced real estate contracts not in writing under the doctrine of equitable estoppel in order to prevent fraud.

Criminal Defense

The criminal defense matters that we handle include DUI cases, marijuana offenses and other drug crimes, assault and aggravated assault, domestic assault, white-collar crimes, sex crimes, traffic violations, and vehicular assault. Severe punishments may be imposed when a defendant is convicted. For example, Tennessee Code section 39-17-417 prohibits the manufacture, delivery, sale, or possession with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell a controlled substance. A violation of this law that involves a Schedule I controlled substance is a Class B felony. Fines imposed for a conviction may reach up to $100,000, and a defendant may spend years in prison.

However, the prosecution must prove each element of its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help you hold it to this high standard. For example, there are numerous rules that the police and prosecution must follow to respect the rights of criminal defendants. If they fail to follow them, it may be possible to get a case dismissed or the charges reduced. Except in some limited circumstances, the police must have probable cause to search your car, home, or person. If evidence of a crime is obtained without probable cause to search, the evidence may be suppressed, thereby undermining the prosecution's case.

Family Law

We handle family law matters involving divorce, child custody, orders of protection, post-divorce matters, parental relocation, and grandparents' rights. If you are divorcing your spouse, one of you must establish one of the many grounds for divorce under state law. Grounds for divorce include irreconcilable differences, impotency, bigamy, adultery, willful desertion for one year, some criminal convictions, and habitual drunkenness or narcotic drug abuse, among others.

Often, other issues are a source of contention during a Tennessee divorce, and we can assist you with those as well. For example, we can help you work out a parenting plan with your spouse in the best interests of your children. If it is not possible to negotiate an arrangement, we can present your position in a favorable light to a judge.

Personal Injury

Many of the cases that we handle arise from car accidents, motorcycle crashes, truck accidents, wrongful death, slip and falls, ATV accidents, boating accidents, dog bites, or burns and chemical injuries. Most Tennessee personal injury cases require a plaintiff to establish the defendant's negligence by a preponderance of the evidence. This usually means showing the defendant's duty of care, a breach of duty, causation, and actual damages. Sometimes a defendant argues that the plaintiff was partially to blame. If a plaintiff is less than 50% responsible for an accident, he or she still can potentially recover damages in an amount proportionate to the defendant’s degree of fault. Common forms of compensation in these cases include medical expenses, the costs of future treatment, lost income and earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering.

Enlist a Knowledgeable Nashville Lawyer for Your Injury Claim, Family Law, Criminal Defense, or Civil Litigation Needs

At Freeman & Fuson, our Nashville injury attorneys can help you seek the full range of damages to which you may be entitled. We have more than 25 years of combined experience representing people in Nashville, Franklin, Hermitage, Madison, Charlotte, Murfreesboro, Gallatin, Lebanon, Clarksville, Columbia, and other communities throughout Davidson, Williamson, Dickson, Maury, Montgomery, Rutherford, and Sumner Counties. Call us at 615.298.7272 or use our online form to contact a criminal defense attorney or seek guidance with an accident case, a family law matter, or civil litigation.

Client Reviews
I loved working with Sarah and Joey. They are very kind people who made sure I understood every step of the process. They treated me with kindness continuously and I would definitely use them again! Taylor
Joey is a talented lawyer who cares about his clients. Sarah his assistant is a true professional, but more than that they care about you as a person first. I would highly recommend the team. Bill Hoskinson
Relief! Mark Freeman is the best lawyer I have ever had. He took care of my Criminal Case in one day. Answered all phone calls and returned them all as well. He didn't hesitate to answer any of my questions. I am very thankful he had my case dropped! Not many lawyers can do that. I highly recommend him. He treats you as more so family than a client. If I ever have another case Mark Freeman will be my lawyer. Peter P.
Joey: Just wanted you to know how appreciative I am to be represented by such an outstanding attorney. You did an awesome job. Thank you for your help and support throughout. I have NEVER gotten so much for my money with any other attorney before. I'm looking forward to referring you as much as possible in the future. Thanks again buddy. Charles G.
I just want to say that Mrs. Carolanne King is the greatest lawyer I have ever had. She is truly amazing and knows how to get the job done. She walked with me through the whole court process and worked for me when everyone else said that they could not help me. I am truly grateful for the law firm of Freeman and Fuson. D.D