Being accused of a crime is frightening. With your freedom on the line, you should retain an experienced criminal defense attorney. We will be there for you, litigating aggressively to protect your rights with the goal of ensuring the best possible outcome for your case. Our attorneys are non-judgmental and represent all clients regardless of the accusation: from traffic citations to all misdemeanor and felony charges and violations. At Peterson White, our attorneys take an aggressive approach to defending you against criminal charges. We take on the toughest, most complicated cases. We painstakingly research each situation, looking for any way possible to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.

But what makes the attorneys at Peterson White different from other attorneys? The difference is that our attorneys combine legal experience and expertise with a commitment to helping you understand and navigate this complex process. You want complete representation – both in the courtroom and any other time you need assistance in this process. You want to hire an attorney who is there for you – and at Peterson White, that is exactly what you will get.

Just Arrested or Charged

The legal system is complicated and can be overwhelming, especially if it is new to you. If you or someone you know has been arrested, what should you do? To begin, remain calm. The best thing you can do is contact a qualified attorney and begin to have them work on your case immediately. This ensures that you are receiving accurate legal advice, and they can explain how the system works and what your options are at every stage. Do not try to navigate the criminal justice system alone. No amount of research or advice can make you qualified or competent to do so. Hire a qualified attorney who has the expertise to help you through this process while ensuring that you receive the best possible outcome.

Anatomy of a Criminal Case

What to Do Before Court

Special Circumstances in Criminal Cases

College Students

If you are a college student, you need to be aware that the consequences for your actions now have a very different impact. You are no longer subject to a juvenile justice system, whose aim is to rehabilitate individuals. You are now subject to the criminal justice system, which is penal in nature, and the consequences will follow your for the rest of your life.

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Already on Bond or Probation

If you have been cited or arrested while already on bond or probation, it is imperative that you contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. The consequences for an individual who is on bond or probation at the time that they are charged with a new offense are markedly different, and time is of the essence in determining how to proceed.

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Pre-Charge or Investigatory Rperesentation

Once law enforcement is notified that an individual is represented by an attorney, they may no longer attempt to communicate with that individual and must communicate with their attorney. Investigations can take time, and during a pending investigation an individual suspected of a criminal offense should be proactive in maximizing the opportunity to prevent charges from being filed or mounting an effective defense in a timely manner.

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Representation in Seizures or Forfeitures

In certain situations, an individual’s property can be seized by law enforcement and is subject to being forfeited to the State of Tennessee.

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Tennessee law allows for the expungement of a record in certain instances. Expungement simply means that public record of the charge will be erased.

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Traffic Citations

Traffic citations are generally handled in either General Sessions Court or Municipal Court. Although they may seem minor, you should be aware that traffic citations do have consequences that can include losing your license.

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Know Your Rights

All individuals in the United States of America have rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution. Most people do not know these rights as they apply to our everyday life. Knowing and exercising these rights protects our liberties. The attorneys at Peterson White are passionate about their clients’ rights and ensuring that individuals know and understand these rights in order to exercise them.

A citizen who knows, understands and effectively exercises their rights will be much better served than an individual who does not. Do not let law enforcement intimidate you or give you false information. Answering questions, consenting to searches or testing, and other actions undertaken without representation can provide law enforcement and prosecutors with potentially harmful evidence which might not have been obtained if an individual exercised their rights. Know how to politely exercise your rights, and when you need representation.

Learn More About Your Rights During the Criminal Process:

Rights When Questioned by Law Enforcement
The 5th Amendment & Miranda Rights
Rights Regarding Search & Seizure
Your 4th Amendment Rights
Rights During a Criminal Proceeding
Understanding Your Rights as a Defendant

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