Knoxville Criminal Defense Lawyer
Experienced Defense Attorneys Serving Knox County
Understanding your rights is key when navigating the often intimidating criminal defense process. Fortunately, the lawyers at Menefee & Brown provide the knowledge and support clients need to effectively argue their case. Take full advantage to your right to hire an attorney and call the firm before you speak to police or answer any questions.
DUI, DWI & Drug Charges in Knoxville
Law enforcement officials country-wide buckle down on drunk and impaired driving. For that reason the laws and penalties surrounding DUI, DWI, and drug-related charges have become stricter and many officers are eager to make an arrest.
In the state of Tennessee, a first-time DWI offense can result in up to seven days in jail, contingent on the driver’s blood alcohol content; fines of up to $1,500, plus restitution; probation; and in some cases, a restricted or suspended license. Since these penalties are so severe, it is important to have an experienced Knoxville criminal defense lawyer by your side to help minimize the potential repercussions and fight for the best possible outcome for your case.
Should I Take a Breathalyzer® or Blood Test at a DUI Stop?
This is a tricky question, but one that can make a major difference in the DUI charge process. If you truly believe your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is below the legal limit of 0.08, then it is likely in your best interest to take the Breathalyzer® test. If you pass it, this will likely put an end to the entire situation. However, a DUI may carry more stringent penalties than refusing a test, so if you are likely to test well above the legal limit, you might be best served by simply declining a test and taking a one-year license suspension. If you have been charged with a DUI, always retain an attorney who understands the criminal process.
Our attorneys are committed to retaining your innocence, especially when more serious, violent criminal charges are brought against you. These cases include assault, battery, and other instances of threat or a perceived threat from an alleged victim. The charges can also be elevated by the presence of a weapon, if a minor was involved, or other instances. It is important you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side to listen to and investigate your charge in order to build a solid strategy on your behalf.
Our legal team has extensive experience dealing with charges at the federal level, including firearm offenses, illegal drug distribution, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, structuring, and conspiracy charges. Rest assured that the attorneys of Menefee & Brown will aggressively represent your interests and fight to achieve the best possible outcome in federal court. From the pre-charge investigative phase through trial and the appeals process, we’ll be there with you every step of the way.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
A Knoxville criminal attorney can help by:
- protecting your rights
- providing legal advice and representation in court if you have been charged with a crime
- helping you understand the charges against you, potential penalties, and the legal process
- negotiating with prosecutors on your behalf
- presenting a defense case
- potentially getting charges reduced or dismissed
- ensuring that any sentence imposed is fair and appropriate.
Serving Clients throughout Tennessee
If you live in the Maryville, Blount County, Loudon County, Sevierville, or the Smoky Mountain National Park areas and are in need of an experienced Knoxville criminal defense attorney, the law firm of Menefee & Brown can help.
Took the time to clearly educate us on our options and went above and beyond to handle our case.- Audra M.
He is definitely affordable and does great work. 2000-7000$ to get started it seems like and for his services, he stays busy I hope he never retires.- Former Client
Very professional- Khaled E.
Everyone worked to answer my questions and they responded very quickly!- Ashley W.
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We have been recognized for the high level of representation we offer. Recently we were recognized by the American Institute of Family Law.
Our lawyers have more than 40 years of combined experienced in the legal field and can help you and your family with seasoned legal counsel.