Skilled Maryville Criminal Defense Attorneys
Upholding the rights of the accused in Blount County and beyond for 30 years
When you’re accused of a crime, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. A conviction could lead to serious consequences that have long-lasting effects on your life. You may feel frightened, or angry, and you may feel as though no one understands what you’re going through in that moment. You might feel very alone.
We’re here to tell you that you’re never, ever alone. At Shepherd & Long, P.C. in Maryville, we believe people deserve an attorney they can rely upon and trust. We are passionate about protecting your rights. When you feel like the world is closing in on you, we are there by your side to keep you feeling safe.
Why do I need a Maryville criminal defense lawyer?
Whether you’re accused of a misdemeanor or a felony, there is no criminal charge that we cannot defend. We have helped countless East Tennessee residents and visitors facing serious criminal charges with positive outcomes. You can rely on our support and aggressive litigation techniques when you’re facing criminal charges, including:
Felony charges. Our attorneys have a record of successful outcomes for cases involving homicide, sexual assault, and theft. When you’re accused of a serious or violent crime, we have the skills to launch the comprehensive defense you need.
Misdemeanors. Even a shoplifting conviction can land you in jail, if the circumstances are right. We have successfully negotiated and tried cases involving misdemeanor charges.
Traffic violations. A traffic ticket can cost you time and money. We offer you dedicated defense for traffic violations, including speeding tickets and reckless driving.
Theft. Whether you’re accused of stealing clothing or a car, theft stays on your criminal record. Theft crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the item stolen. We can help with your defense.
College student representation. A criminal conviction as a college student has far-reaching consequences. Your child may face punishments both through the court and through their school. We’ll advocate for their future.
FAQ about Maryville criminal defense
The team at Shepherd & Long, P.C. are happy to answer any questions you might have about allegations or charges against you. You can also feel free to read through some of our most frequently asked questions.
- How soon should I call a lawyer after I’m arrested?
- Will my case go to trial?
- What are the consequences of a criminal conviction?
- What are Miranda rights?
- What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
- Can I get my criminal record expunged in Maryville?
- What should I do if I’m arrested for drunk driving?
How soon should I call a lawyer after I’m arrested?
For the best outcome for your case, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible after an arrest. Make it your first phone call, or call a loved one who can contact a lawyer on your behalf. The sooner we begin working on your case, the best chance we have for a successful outcome. Sometimes, we can start negotiating with prosecution before they even press charges.
Will my case go to trial?
Not necessarily. Going to trial depends on the criminal offense for which you were arrested, as well as the seriousness of the crime and the circumstances around it. A skilled criminal defense attorney can work with prosecution to have charges reduced or dismissed.
What are the consequences of a criminal conviction?
When you are convicted of a crime, after you serve the terms of your sentence, you may think everything is behind you. Unfortunately, often this is not the case. Having a criminal record can affect your future in a variety of ways, depending on the severity of the crime. These are known as collateral consequences, and can cause you to lose your rights or opportunities regarding:
- Ability to possess firearms
- Holding public office
- Professional licensing
- Student loans
What are Miranda rights?
Miranda rights, or Miranda warnings, are your constitutional right to remain silent and retain legal counsel after an arrest and before interrogation. The Fifth Amendment provides you the right to protect yourself from self-incrimination, and when you assert your Miranda rights, authorities must stop their interrogation. Law enforcement must advise you of your Miranda rights during an arrest or before interrogation. Without doing so, any evidence obtained from you could be dismissed in court.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
Felonies are typically the most serious crime in the criminal justice system, and are punishable by more than a year in prison, all the way up to the death penalty. Misdemeanors are for lesser offenses, with sentences up to one year. Misdemeanor convictions result in local jail time, rather than prison. Tennessee has multiple levels and classes of misdemeanors and felonies.
Can I get my criminal record expunged in Maryville?
Possibly. Some crimes are eligible for expunction in Tennessee, but not all. If our attorneys had your charges dismissed or decreased, you may be able to have your record expunged and clear your criminal record. Dangerous and violent crimes are unlikely to be expunged, so working with our experienced attorneys at the start can help you avoid a criminal record in the first place.
What should I do if I’m arrested for drunk driving?
If you’re pulled over and arrested for DUI, it is vital you do not talk to authorities without an attorney present. You are not legally required to submit to field sobriety testing, but denying a test comes with its own consequences, like automatic loss of license and other penalties. Our East Tennessee attorneys can help with DUI charges.
Local lawyers compassionate to your needs and aggressive in your defense
When Kevin Shepherd founded his law firm, it was because he saw a need in our Maryville community for criminal defense attorneys who truly dedicated themselves to their clients. We are proud of the long-lasting relationships our team builds with the people we serve. We work hard to create a stress-free environment where everyone is on a first-name basis, and where you are safe to discuss your fears and concerns. But just because we care doesn’t mean that we’re “soft.” The attorneys at our firm are formidable opponents in trial, relentless fighting on your behalf. We don’t back down from a fight when a fight is necessary to protect your rights.
Discuss your criminal charges with a Maryville defense attorney who puts you first
The Maryville office of Shepherd & Long, P.C. serves clients throughout East Tennessee. Even if things look bleak now, we promise to stand by your side and support you with strong, skilled defense. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Shepherd & Long, P.C. call us at 865-982-8060 or fill out the contact form. We regularly represent clients in Madisonville, Oak Ridge, Lenoir City and throughout East Tennessee.