Providing Strong Criminal Defense

Criminal

Our criminal justice system can be very frightening and overwhelming to the accused person as well as to his or her family members and friends. The attorneys at Keeton & Perry, PLLC can help you through this potentially life changing ordeal. We have handled hundreds and hundreds of criminal cases. We represent people that are charged with all types of criminal matters from felonies to misdemeanors, violations of probation, and parole hearings.

We Handle Felonies And Misdemeanors

The lawyers at Keeton & Perry, PLLC have handled very serious felonies including first degree murder, attempted murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, carjacking, aggravated assault, aggravated vehicular homicide, rape, serious drug cases (including cocaine, methamphetamine, pills, and marijuana), robbery, aggravated burglary, auto burglary, gun charges, and many other serious felony offenses.

The lawyers at Keeton & Perry, PLLC have handled misdemeanors including DUI, driving offenses, drug offenses, theft offenses, assault, and many other misdemeanor offenses.

A Charge Is Not The Same As A Conviction

A criminal charge or an indictment is not a conviction. There are many instances where a person charged or indicted is innocent, or the person has been overcharged, or the prosecution does not have enough evidence to prove the case, or the case can be resolved with a lesser charge for a variety of reasons.

You deserve to be represented by a lawyer that is experienced and knowledgable in criminal law if you have been charged with a crime or have been indicted by the grand jury. The stakes can be extremely high in a criminal case, such as lengthy potential jail or prison time, forever being labeled as a "felon" or a "criminal," significant monetary penalties, restrictions on housing, restrictions on housing, restrictions on entrance into the military, and irreparable damage to your personal reputation as well as irreparable damage to your family name. Most complex criminal cases can be best described as a "marathon" and not a "sprint," meaning that these cases sometime take months or even years to resolve. The lawyers at Keeton & Perry, PLLC will be with you at every step in the proceeding if hired to do so.

Criminal law is very complex with constitutional issues, factual issues, forensic issues, statutory issues, and interpretation of voluminous case law. There is also much strategy and investigation involved in defending a person charged in a criminal matter. The attorneys at Keeton & Perry, PLLC are experienced and knowledgable in representing people charged with committing crimes. We have represented people before they are charged with criminal offenses and under investigation as well as people charged with criminal offenses in general sessions court and circuit court. We have handled appeals before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court.

The question is not unusual at an initial appearance of an unrepresented person in criminal court: "Judge, do I need a lawyer?" The simple answer should be a resounding "yes." It is not advisable to represent yourself, even though you have the constitutional right to do so. Because you are allowed to represent yourself and act as your own attorney does not mean that you should represent yourself. The adage is generally true that "a man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client." Do not be a fool. Do not make the unwise choice to represent yourself in a criminal case. Pride of the person must yield to the fact that an individual untrained in the law and the court system should not represent himself or herself in court.

Are You Being Investigated?

You deserve to have a lawyer experienced in criminal law to represent you if you are being investigated by law enforcement of committing a crime. It is critically important to have a lawyer at the very beginning of a criminal case as well as through the other stages of the case.

The attorneys of Keeton & Perry, PLLC have represented people that have not yet been charged with a crime but have been called by the police to "talk" or to voluntarily submit to a police search without a search warrant. It is highly recommended that Keeton & Perry, PLLC be contacted BEFORE talking to any law enforcement if you are being investigated by law enforcement or have been asked to come down to the police station "just to talk" or if the police want to conduct a search without a search warrant.

The evidence secured or not secured by the police, such as a confession/statement or from items found in a search, can make the critical difference between a conviction, a lesser charge, a dismissal of the charges, or no charges brought against the person.

The attorneys of Keeton & Perry, PLLC have been able to successfully resolve potential criminal cases without formal criminal charges being brought against the person or resolved at the beginning, thereby reducing the stress and embarrassment of the person in the criminal justice system.

Contact Us Now

If you or a family member or friend have been charged with a crime or if you are being investigated by the police, call the attorneys at Keeton & Perry, PLLC at (931) 723-7145 for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION AND CASE EVALUATION. You may also contact the attorneys of Keeton & Perry, PLLC from the contact us link on our website.

If your case is accepted by the attorneys of Keeton & Perry, PLLC and we represent you, you will also be given access to the cell phone number of the attorney handling your case for more immediate access to your attorney.