When 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.
If you are arrested, accused of a crime or learn you are the subject of a criminal investigation, your life, your reputation, and your ability to earn a living may all be in jeopardy. And, if you have never faced criminal charges before, you may not fully understand the ramifications of the allegations made against you or the criminal process.
At the outset, the most crucial points to remember are:
- You have the right to remain silent.
- You have the right to an attorney.
- An attorney can protect your legal rights.
The Law Office of Andrew E. Farmer is interested in protecting the rights of individuals charged with crimes in the East Tennessee area. Andrew Farmer, is known for his integrity, diligence, and hard work. His criminal defense practice involves representation of clients charged with a wide range of felonies and misdemeanors. Criminal charges our office regularly handles for our clients include, but are not limited to:
- Domestic violence
- Assault & battery
- Sexual assault
- Obstruction of Justice
- Indecent exposure
- Aggravated assault
- Credit card theft
- Bad checks
- Concealed weapon
- Domestic violence
- Hit & run
- Nonpayment of child support
- Resisting arrest
- Motor vehicle theft
- Receiving stolen property
- Counterfeit currency
- Possession of dangerous weapon
- Felony possession of firearms
When you are charged with a federal or state crime, attorney Andrew Farmer stands ready to assume your defense. You can rest assured that you are in the hands of a dedicated practitioner. Tackling tough cases from the very begining of his career has given him legal skills that can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Mr. Farmer will make sure you understand the charges filed against you, the available defenses, the possibility of a disposition other than trial, and the penalties and fines associated with your charges.
Employing his knowledge of Tennessee criminal law, he will make every effort to secure your release on bond or on recognizance, prepare a strong defense on your behalf, fight to reduce the charges against you, and obtain the best outcome possible, including a pretrial or judicial diversion of your charges if available.
He represents individuals in Tennessee State Courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.