Knoxville Misdemeanor Lawyers
Tennessee’s Misdemeanor Laws
Facing a misdemeanor charge alone can be daunting. You need an ally that will be by your side every step of the way. Our Knoxville criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience with misdemeanor cases and can fight for your rights. When you schedule a free consultation with us, we can explain what the charges against you mean and how our team would go about fighting them.
What Is a Misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, but are crimes that are punishable by up to one year in prison as well as fines, restitution, and/or community service. It is also important to remember that a misdemeanor conviction will remain on your criminal record and appear on background checks, which affects employment and housing opportunities.
For these reasons, it is important that you take measures to fight a misdemeanor charge. At Eldridge & Blakney, our Knoxville misdemeanor attorneys can review your case and advise you on what can be done to eliminate or minimize the consequences.
Types of Misdemeanor Charges
Typical misdemeanors include:
- 1st Offense DUIs
- Minor Drug Possession Charges
- Small Theft Crimes
- Traffic Violations
- Simple Violent Crimes
- Disorderly Conduct
What Are Misdemeanor Penalties in Tennessee?
Tennessee classifies misdemeanors into Class A, Class B, and Class C. You have the same rights with a misdemeanor charge as you would with a felony charge: the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, etc. For misdemeanor offenses, a jail sentence can be imposed.
The penalties for misdemeanors vary depending on their classification:
Tennessee Class C Misdemeanors
The least serious misdemeanor charge, these usually involve traffic offenses and other minor offenses. Can carry a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and up to $50 in fines.
Examples of Class C misdemeanors include:
- Criminal trespass
- Disorderly conduct
- Public intoxication
- And most traffic offenses
Class B Misdemeanors in Tennessee
In Tennessee, these charges include offenses such as reckless driving and prostitution. Penalties can include up to 6 months in jail and up to $500 in fines.
Tennessee Class A Misdemeanors
The most severe misdemeanor charge, offenses include:
- Simple possession
- Theft under $1,000
- And underage consumption, among others
Penalties can include up to eleven months and twenty-nine days in jail and maximum fines of $2,500.
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