Criminal Defense Lawyers – Knoxville, TN
Knox County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Do you need the help of a criminal attorney to help you protect your rights and freedom?
A criminal defense lawyer can help you get your charges reduced or dismissed!
We offer an aggressive approach to criminal defense.
Our defense lawyers work hard to attack the strength of law enforcements case against our client.
We do this through intensive investigation, superior legal analysis, smart use of pretrial motions and other procedural tactics that can shift the balance in your favor.
Mr. McKellar has been selected as a member of “America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys” in 2021.
Mr. McKellar was also selected as a member of “America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys” in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
A criminal defense lawyer will help you protect your rights and your best interests by; investigating the charges against you, review the police or law enforcements conduct, develop a strong criminal defense, represent you at trial (if needed), help you understand your options and what decisions to make, and help you communicate with your family and loved ones.
Have you been charged or accused of a crime you did not commit?
WE CAN HELP!
DEFENDING THE ACCUSED
Even though allegations of a crime are merely allegations and do not by themselves prove that you are guilty, many people believe that an arrest and subsequent charges are reason enough to scrutinize and act harshly against an accused person. In many cases, the negative stigma of a crime is enough to hurt someone’s reputation, potentially forcing that person out of work or interfering with his or her daily life.
Just because you were accused of a crime does not give the public the right to condemn you before you’ve had a chance to tell your side of the story. At Easter & DeVore, Attorneys at Law, our criminal defense attorneys in Knoxville, TN will listen to what you have to say and make sure your rights are protected from beginning to end. Our defense strategies are designed to protect your reputation and freedom from damaging allegations.
If you have been charged or accused of a crime, we work hard for you and your rights!
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
If you are facing criminal charges, whether at the state level or federal level, it’s important to know that the Constitution specifies a number of rights provided to defendants in criminal proceedings to ensure that legal actions are fair. These rights include:
- The right to remain silent means that no one can force a defendant to speak or testify if the defendant reasonably believes that his/her testimony will contribute to his/her conviction for a crime.
- Search warrants forbid the search or seizure of private property unless the proper authorities have obtained a warrant through “probable cause,” unless one of the well-defined exceptions is present.
- Writ of habeas corpus maintains that detained individuals have the right to know why they are being held if the detention lasts more that a short time.
- No excessive, cruel or unusual fines or punishment prevents excessive bail, fines or “cruel and unusual” punishments to be imposed on defendants.
- The right to have a public trial is a privilege that should not be minimized. It ensures the public’s access to court proceedings and may help ensure that the defendant’s rights are observed and upheld.
- The right to a jury trial applies to sentences that carry prison terms of six months or more and helps to ensure a fair trial by allowing a group of impartial jurors to decide on the legitimacy of the charges and the outcome of the case.
- The right to confront witnesses allows witnesses to be cross-examined by the defendant or defendant’s counsel, thereby offering the defendant the opportunity to obtain potentially beneficial information or to reveal any discrepancies in the testimony (special rules apply for child sexual assault cases).
- The right to not be tried twice for the same offense (commonly known as double jeopardy) protects defendants from being put on trial more than once for the same crime, unless the charge is filed under different authorities, such as state and federal courts.
In addition, the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees anyone facing criminal charges the right to the assistance of effective counsel. Reasons why it may be necessary to retain a criminal attorney include:
- Legal defense involves complex procedures and guidelines that are difficult for those not experienced or educated in the law to navigate.
- Sometimes mistakes are made during investigations and innocent people are accused.
- Incorrect conclusions may lead to assumptions of evidence of guilt and the accused may not only be charged, but unfairly targeted.
- Prosecutors might overestimate” crimes and mistakenly charge individuals based on erroneous facts, such as incorrectly calculating drug quantities or economic fraud loss and damage amounts.
We Will Defend You Against Any Crime
The most valuable attorney is one who systematically knows the law and will be able to guide you in the right direction. At our firm, our Knoxville criminal defense lawyers have considerable experience handling a variety of criminal defense cases, including:
We can HELP you with ALL State & Federal Crimes including:
- State & Federal Criminal Defense
- ALL Felony & Misdemeanor Charges
- Aggravated Robbery
- Aggravated Speeding
- Armed Robbery
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Child Pornography
- Credit Card Fraud & Theft
- Cruelty To Animals
- Drug Offenses – possession, trafficking, cultivation, manufacturing or selling controlled substances or prescription drugs
- Drug Cultivation
- Drug Distribution
- Drug Manufacturing
- Drug Possession
- Drug Sales
- Drug Trafficking
- Expungement / Record Clearing
- False Bank Entries
- Federal Criminal Defense
- Federal Drug Charges
- Federal Sex Crimes
- Firearm Possession
- Gun Charges
- Health Care Crimes & Fraud
- Home Invasion
- Identity Theft
- Kidnapping & False Imprisonment
- Mail & Wire Fraud
- Money Laundering
- Mortgage Fraud
- Murder & Homicide Defense
- Patronizing Prostitution
- Property & Financial Crimes
- Sex Crimes & Offenses – sex involving a minor, indecent exposure and solicitation of sex from a prostitute
- Tax Crimes
- Theft & Property Crimes
- Traffic Violations
- Violent Crimes
- Weapons Charges
- White Collar Crimes
Contact a Knoxville criminal defense attorney who has the skill and experience to provide an aggressive defense to provide the strongest defense possible in your case.
We believe in providing client-focused representation. This means answering calls and emails as soon as possible, making ourselves available for free telephone consultations and using more than twenty five years of combined experience to resolve your legal issues. We can help you with any federal or state criminal accusation, and can handle any felony or misdemeanor criminal case that you or a loved one find yourself accused of. When your legal rights are at stake, you need a criminal defense lawyer in Knoxville, TN with the knowledge and experience necessary to handle your case with the highest degree of competence and care.
We Help You Avoid The Pitfalls Of An Investigation
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that investigators or government agents are looking out for your best interests. If you interact with authorities without first consulting an attorney, you could very easily incriminate yourself unintentionally.
The lawyers at our firm will help you avoid this pitfall and others like it that could damage your case and lead to a possible conviction. Unlike the opposition, we will act in your best interests and protect your rights in the process.
Contact A Knoxville Criminal Defense Lawyer For Help
Whether you live in the Knoxville area or elsewhere in Tennessee or parts of Georgia, the lawyers at our firm are here to help. We truly want to make this confusing, frustrating and exhausting process more manageable, whether your investigation has just begun or you’re looking to get your record expunged.
To schedule a free initial telephone consultation with a TOP criminal defense lawyer, contact one of our offices in Tennessee — Knoxville and Nashville — or our office in Atlanta, Georgia, by calling 865-566-0125. You may also send us an email. We accept credit cards.