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Andrew E. Farmer - Criminal Defense AttorneyWhen people are accused of a crime, they face the terrible possibility of going to jail. A good attorney can represent anyone committed of a crime to the of his or her ability. They can negotiate with prosecutors and can often arrange for reduced charges or lesser sentencing.

Criminal defense lawyers do much more than simply question witnesses in court. Good defense attorneys will:

  • Formulate sentencing programs tailored to a client's specific needs, often helping defendants avoid future brushes with the justice system.

  • Provide defendants with a reality check, a knowledgable, objective perspective on their situation and what is likely to happen should their cases go to trial. This perspective is vital for defendants trying to decide whether to accept a prosecutor's offered "plea bargain".

  • Are familiar with important legal rules because many criminal law rules are hidden away in court interpretations of federal and state contributors.

  • Are familiar with local court customs are procedures that aren't written down anywhere. For example, a lawyer may know which prosecutor has the "real" authority to settle a case, and what kinds of arguments are likely to appeal to that prosecutor.

  • Understand the possible "hidden costs" of pleading guilty which a self-represented person might never think about.

  • Spend crucial time on your case.

  • Gather information from prosecution witnesses.

  • Hire and manage investigators, who may be able to believably impeach (contradict) prosecution witnesses who embellish or change their stories at trial.

The most important thing to keep in mind if you are facing a criminal law charge is that you need to consult with a licensed Tennessee attorney and be aware that you have the right to remain silent and you should exercise that right. You should also retain legal counsel as soon as possible to protect your rights.

If you have never faced criminal charges before, you may not be aware of the legalities of the criminal process and the repercussions that you may face. We are located near the towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg Tennessee and can help you understand the charges filed against you, your available defenses, the plea bargains offered, and the penalties and fines you may expect if you are convicted.

Crimes are divided into two classes of misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanor offenses are not as serious as felony offenses and typically don't involve great bodily harm to another person and are punishable by probation, jail time of less than one year, community service, counseling, restitution, and monetary fines. Felonies comprise the most serious criminal offenses including bodily harm to another person or large sums of money. A felony conviction can result in prison terms of more than a year, lengthy probation, immense fines, or even the death penalty.

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