Criminal Defense

Straight Talk, Strong Defense

Being charged with a crime can be frightening and confusing. You may be wondering if you'll be able to keep your job, stay out of jail or even get out of your situation entirely. You might not even be concerned about yourself, but for the well-being of a loved one who is in trouble. Either way, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to provide a legal road map that will lead to the best possible chance for a productive future.

When you come in for your free initial consultation at my Knoxville law firm, Scott C. Frith, Attorney at Law, I can review the details of your case and give you a frank assessment of the best way to proceed, given your situation and goals. Give my office a call at 865-525-4000 or use this online form to start defending your rights today.

A criminal conviction can have far-reaching consequences, including in some cases the loss of your right to own a firearm. It's important to seek committed representation as early as possible in the legal process to protect your future and way of life.

You May Have More Options Than You Think

If you've never been through the legal process before, you may fear that the state has an open-and-shut case against you or that the potential harsh consequences you face are a foregone conclusion. This is not necessarily the case. For one thing, many criminal cases do not go to trial, but instead are resolved in a plea deal, or get settled out of court. Some charges even get dismissed altogether. In addition, the state has flexibility in sentencing; there is not always a straight, unbending line between a particular conviction and consequence. There may also be effective ways to fight back against the state's case. For example, if the arresting officers in your case violated your constitutional rights or strayed from official procedure when making the arrest, this could help your case.

Concerned about a loved one's brush with the law? I provide free initial consultations where I evaluate your concerns from a legal perspective and provide you with the best options for moving forward.

I Don't Get Shocked. I Get To Work.

No matter what crime you've been charged with, you don't need to be embarrassed. Chances are I've seen it all before, and probably worse. If you've been charged with a sex crime, for example, the worst thing you can do is put off getting legal advice out of a sense of embarrassment. The longer you wait, the more time the prosecution has to build a case against you. Likewise, by waiting to respond to a DUI charge, you may miss essential deadlines that could mean you lose out on the possibility of driving with a restricted license. Similarly, an assault charge can spiral out of control without proper legal representation; particularly if the charge is elevated to aggravated assault, which is a felony charge. A drug conviction can be particularly startling for kids who see evolving drug laws in places like Colorado and think of marijuana as "no big deal." Unfortunately, it is a big deal in Tennessee, where you don't have to be a big-time drug dealer to be charged with a drug crime.

Looking to clear an existing criminal record? Contact my office to talk about the possibility of getting an expungement.

Protect Your Rights, Starting Today

Criminal charges are one instance where the saying, "good things come to those who wait" doesn't apply. If you or a loved one is facing a criminal charge, you need the protection of an experienced criminal defense lawyer ASAP. To find out how to defend your rights and protect your future, call my law firm, Scott C. Frith, Attorney at Law, at 865-525-4000 or send me a note online to start the conversation.