According to Tennessee state law, a violent crime is defined as a crime in which the perpetrator has physically harmed or threatened to harm another person or their property. Some violent crimes are punished more harshly than others, but no violent crime allegation or charge should be taken lightly. At Best And Brock, our violent crime defense lawyers in Chattanooga have the experience and knowledge to fight aggressively for your future. Do not face these charges alone.
Violent crimes can carry heavy fines and substantial jail or prison terms, but the consequences do not end there. Conviction of a violent felony affects your future employment options as well as your right to vote in the state of Tennessee. With so much on the line, it is vital to choose your legal representation with the utmost care. Each lawyer at Best Haduk Brock has been recognized as among the Top 40 under 40 by National Trial Lawyers. Our team is compassionate, honest, and deeply committed to the vigorous defense of our clients.
Ensuring Your Violent Crime Charges Are Fair & Accurate
Murder is the most serious violent crime and can be tried as a Class A felony or as a capital crime. Other violent crimes are classified and tried based on their severity and on the presence of mitigating or aggravating factors. For example, assault is defined as any act that makes the victim fear or believe themselves to be in danger of bodily harm. Assault with a deadly weapon is considered an aggravated and therefore more serious form of assault, while simple assault is comparatively less serious. A capable Chattanooga violent crime lawyer will work to ensure your arrest was due to something you actually did—not just what someone claims you did.
Types of violent crime include but are not limited to:
What is the Difference Between Assault and Battery?
It is not uncommon for someone to be charged with “assault and battery.” In these cases, assault is the act of making the victim afraid for their own safety while battery is the physically harmful act itself. To scream threats would constitute assault, but following up those threats with an actual physical attack combines that assault with battery.
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