Assault Convictions Have Far-Reaching Negative Effects
At The Baker Law Firm, we understand what is at stake when you are charged with assault. Assault convictions can have far-reaching consequences beyond criminal penalties. A conviction not only ruins your reputation, but it may also affect your ability to enter college, gain employment in certain fields, and maintain or acquire a professional license. In a divorce for instance, a conviction can also affect your ability to see your children. In addition, the current Tennessee expungement laws do not allow you to erase an aggravated assault conviction, meaning current and future employers will always have access to your criminal record.
We defend clients against all types of assault charges, including:
- Simple assault
- Aggravated assault
- Domestic assault
- Vehicular assault
Simple assault is a misdemeanor in Tennessee, however depending on the level of force used the assault may rise to the level of felony aggravated assault. A conviction for aggravated assault in Tennessee may carry between 3-15 years in prison. A conviction may result in a permanent criminal record, time in jail or prison, restitution to the victim, probation and/or counseling. Depending on your profession, an assault conviction may also result in the loss of your job.
Legal Defense For Assault And Domestic Abuse Charges
One of the most difficult things about defending assault cases is that it is not uncommon for accusers to make false allegations, knowing that the justice system is biased toward the alleged victim. Charges can get blown out of proportion, be based on misunderstandings or result from he said/she said situations.
We do a thorough investigation of every accusation, interviewing any witnesses and visiting the scene of the alleged crime when possible. We make sure that the prosecution can prove every piece of evidence they try to use against you. Our goal is always to get the charges dropped. When that is not possible, we work to get the charges reduced so that the penalties are minimized, or prepare your case for a hard fought trial.