Criminal charges of any kind are a threat to your freedom and your interests. I understand that when it’s your future on the line, there is no such thing as a minor criminal charge. As a founding partner of the Nashville law firm of Weatherly, McNally & Dixon, P.L.C., I can offer you both experienced guidance and vigorous advocacy in the fight for justice.
I have over three decades of criminal defense experience, and I have the skill and knowledge required to effectively confront even the most serious of criminal charges. Through a thoroughly prepared criminal defense strategy, I will tenaciously advocate for an optimal outcome for your case. I am prepared to assist you when facing various types of state and federal charges, including the following:
These are only a few examples of the types of criminal cases my firm represents. If you are accused of any criminal action in the Nashville area, it is vital to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.
I understand the complexity of navigating the criminal justice system. I know that a conviction can disrupt your life and alter the course of your future, which is why I will vigorously pursue a beneficial outcome to even the most complex of cases. I am prepared to provide guidance and support for individuals in Tennessee and Western Kentucky facing issues related to criminal defense and appellate matters on a municipal, state, or federal level.
If you are falsely accused of a crime, I will do everything in my power to clear your name, clarify the situation in question, and ultimately guide you to an acquittal. If you are guilty in some measure, my team and I are prepared to undergo an extensive plea bargaining process on your behalf, potentially helping you secure a lighter sentence or pleading to lesser charges.
It is vital to understand how the criminal prosecution process works in Nashville. When you are accused of committing a crime, the burden of proving your guilt rests on the prosecution. If the prosecution is unable to provide evidence of your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, this alone can be enough for you to avoid conviction. My team will attack the prosecution’s case at the foundational level. We typically aim to disrupt the prosecution as much as possible in the earliest stages of a criminal case to save our client time and money on legal fees.
In the event your guilt is clear and the prosecution has the evidence they believe they need to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, my team will move to a plea bargaining process to reduce your sentencing. In most cases, prosecutors are willing to accept plea bargains in exchange for swifter convictions, and a lighter sentence is possible when you have the right Nashville criminal law lawyer on your side.
Many Tennessee state prosecutors pursue conviction quite aggressively. Depending on the nature of the charges you face, your case may fall under misdemeanor or felony designation. While misdemeanors tend to involve lighter penalties than felonies, the conviction of a misdemeanor on your record can still involve severe punishment and long-term consequences on your personal and professional life. Some of the possible penalties for criminal conviction in Nashville include:
Many criminal offenses involve multiple forms of punishment. For example, DUI conviction will lead to fines, jail time, and a loss of your driving privileges in most cases. Conviction for domestic abuse can lead to incarceration, fines, and loss of custody rights. My goal in every defense case my firm accepts is to minimize penalties when acquittal or dismissal are not viable options.
Constructing an affirmative defense against the charges you face will not follow a strict formula. Every criminal case is unique, and my team and I will provide you with the personalized attention you deserve so that you may approach your criminal case with confidence and peace of mind. Building your defense will generally revolve around challenging the prosecution’s evidence, citing procedural issues in the police’s or the prosecution’s handling of your case, identifying due process violations you experienced, or gathering exculpatory evidence that establishes a solid alibi or otherwise confirms your innocence.
It is not uncommon for people accused of criminal activity to feel lost and hopeless about their situations. However, these people generally assume the worst once they are arrested and do not know the specifics of the state laws that will apply in their case. If you are arrested for any criminal offense in Nashville, take full advantage of your right to remain silent and your right to legal counsel. If the police attempt to interrogate you without your attorney present, politely decline to answer their questions until you have spoken with an attorney.
After you are arrested for any crime in Nashville, it is vital that you contact a Nashville criminal law lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you hire a defense attorney to represent you, the better your chances will be of forming a solid defense against the charges you face. My team is prepared to offer the full range of my firm’s legal resources, professional contacts, and experience in handling your case.
Your long-term interests, financial security, and even your personal reputation could be at stake when you are facing criminal charges. Contact me as soon as possible after an arrest or as soon as you learn that you may be the subject of an investigation. You can reach out to my office or call 615-857-4560 or toll free at 866-244-4575 to schedule your free initial case evaluation.