If you are visiting Tennessee and get into an argument with someone at a bar, the next thing you know, you could be involved in a bar fight. While some cases might just result in you getting thrown out of the bar, serious fights usually involve the police.
Even if you weren’t at fault for the fight, getting involved could lead to charges. You could be accused of assaulting the other person, disturbing the peace or other criminal acts.
If you’re a tourist, this is problematic. You may want to leave the state, but depending on the charges, you may be asked to stay local. What should you do?
It’s time to bring in your attorney
From the moment the police arrive, your first thought should be to talk to your attorney before you say anything to the authorities. You can give the police your identifying information, but it’s a good idea not to give a statement until you speak with your attorney. You may also want your attorney present at the police station if you’re being interviewed.
Do you have to remain in Tennessee if you’re arrested?
Remember that you may be asked to stay local for a hearing and other information the authorities may need, but if you’re released from custody, you may be free to go home. If you need to return back to your state, your attorney may be able to help you by representing you in court, but it depends on the charges. They will be able to talk to you about local laws and state laws that could impact you. It’s a good idea to discuss the situation with your attorney to determine the best path forward that will protect you without extraneous trips back and forth.