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Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

A criminal charge can change your life forever.  If you are facing criminal prosecution in Tennessee, experience matters.

Aaron J. Chapman has successfully represented clients at both the state and federal level.  Aaron routinely assists clients charged in Tennessee Courts with alcohol and drug offenses including Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Possession of Controlled Substances.

Aaron has also defended individuals charged in Federal Courts with mail and wire fraud, health care fraud, human trafficking, internet crimes, and conspiracy.  Many of Aaron’s clients initially faced lengthy sentences, including steep mandatory minimums and life without parole.  However, Aaron has regularly been able to apply a strong working knowledge of state and federal sentencing laws to obtain more favorable outcomes.  Some clients have even been sentenced below advisory sentencing guideline ranges and statutory mandatory minimums.  In addition, Aaron has successfully advocated for numerous clients to obtain alternative sentences such as diversion or probation.  And when the case is resolved favorably, Aaron regularly helps clients clear their record via expungement, if available.

When it comes to your criminal defense, knowledge is power. Aaron is a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (TACDL) and the Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  Aaron subscribes to multiple high-quality legal information databases and regularly participates in continuing legal education seminars focused on developments in criminal justice.

Felonies

A Tennessee Felony is a crime for which a conviction carries a minimum one-year sentence of incarceration. There are currently 5 classes of felonies in Tennessee (A, B, C, D, and E).

Being convicted of a felony in Tennessee will have a significant impact on your life. You will no longer be eligible to vote. You will no longer be allowed to possess any type of firearm, hunting rifles included. And the impact on your employment could be severe, depending on your occupation.

Therefore, the most important call you will make when you are charged with a felony in East Tennessee will be to an experienced criminal defense attorney. An East Tennessee criminal defense attorney will review your charges with you and discuss your options. Our firm handles felony cases throughout East Tennessee.

Misdemeanors

A Tennessee Misdemeanor is a crime for which the maximum possible sentence of incarceration is less than a year. Tennessee has 3 classes of misdemeanors (A, B, and C).

Despite many myths, a misdemeanor can have a serious impact on your life and your freedom. If you are on probation or parole for another crime, a misdemeanor can result in a lengthy confinement, regardless of how minor the charge is. Likewise, some misdemeanor convictions can leave you unable to possess a firearm of any sort, hunting rifles included. And contrary to popular belief, many misdemeanors appear on background checks, which could affect employment and housing opportunities.

If you are arrested and charged with a misdemeanor, your most important step will be to contact an experienced Tennessee misdemeanor attorney. Our firm routinely handles misdemeanor cases throughout East Tennessee.

Drug Crimes

Tennessee Drug Crimes can be classified as either felonies or misdemeanors, and fall under multiple titles of the Tennessee Code. Regardless of the specific offense you are charged with, several procedural and evidentiary rules must be followed by the State if you are to be convicted.

Therefore, the most important call you will make when you are charged with a drug crime in East Tennessee will be to an experienced drug crimes attorney. An East Tennessee drug crimes attorney will review your charges with you and discuss your options. Our firm handles felony cases throughout East Tennessee.

Federal Crimes

Unlike state charges, federal charges are brought by the federal government and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office. Numerous defendants are charged with federal crimes in East Tennessee each year. Some of the most common federal charges brought in East Tennessee are related to drugs and firearms.

Federal crimes are unique due to the severity of the sentences imposed and for the methods that the United States District Court employs in determining those sentences. A Tennessee Federal Criminal Defense Attorney can help you fight your charges and can help ensure that you receive a fair sentence if you are convicted.

Therefore, the most important call you will make when you are charged with a federal crime in East Tennessee will be to an experienced federal criminal defense attorney. An East Tennessee federal criminal defense attorney will review your charges with you and discuss your options. Our firm handles federal cases in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

DUI/Implied Consent

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Tennessee is a serious crime with unique sentencing requirements. Likewise, many East Tennessee prosecutors are not willing to negotiate in DUI cases. A DUI conviction will likely stay on your criminal record for the remainder of your life, regardless of your previous criminal history.

Many rumors continue to circulate in Tennessee regarding DUI law. For instance, many people think that you may not be convicted of DUI if you had not drunk alcohol prior to driving. This is simply not true, as Tennessee law provides that you may be convicted of driving under the influence regardless of whether you are convicted of being under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other illegal drugs, and even legal prescription drugs.

However, in spite of many rumors that exist in East Tennessee, you can win a DUI Case. This is because there are legal requirements that law enforcement must comply with in order to secure the State’s case against you. Winning a DUI Case will most certainly require that you have an experienced East Tennessee DUI defense attorney on your side, though. Our firm routinely handles DUI cases throughout East Tennessee.

The Tennessee charge of Violation of Implied Consent is a unique charge with serious consequences. Like DUI, a conviction for this offense will affect your driving privileges. Importantly, there are several elements necessary for an Implied Consent conviction. Thus, it is essential to contact an experienced
East Tennessee Implied Consent attorney. Our firm routinely handles DUI cases throughout East Tennessee.