The American legal system is built on the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Regardless of circumstance, every man and woman who sets foot in Knoxville has the right to a speedy and fair trial by his or her peers. The Justice system only works if the law can look at every person without prejudice or bias.
The lawyers at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC take their duty to defend those accused in criminal matters with the utmost seriousness. The nature of the accusations does not matter. Even a petty misdemeanor can reverberate into the future, negatively impacting the lives of the accused. Be it weapons possession, drug trafficking or something as simple as violation of Knoxville traffic laws, Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC puts in the time and energy to uphold and protect your rights.
If you’ve been accused of a crime, any crime, no matter your situation, call 865-292-2307 or e-mail us for a consultation. Time is of the essence in criminal matters. Early consultation can make all the difference when it comes to negotiations or jury trials.
In any criminal matter, the evidence is key. Our team of experienced criminal attorneys will turn over every possible stone and walk every road to gather the facts of your criminal case. Even in cases where the evidence seems cut and dry, justice cannot be served without a clear-eyed and unbiased defense. Rest assured that when you contact the Knoxville criminal lawyers at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC, the evidence vital to your case will be uncovered, be it by police or by our own independent investigators.
Criminal matters, however, don’t always make their way before a judge and jury. The criminal defense attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC have traveled every step of the criminal process. If a client’s well-being is best served by a plea bargain, our attorneys know how to navigate criminal law to protect their clients. We have ample experience in pre-trial negotiations and know well how the legal system works in Central and Eastern Tennessee. If it’s in the accused’s best interest and if there’s any way, Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC can keep criminal proceedings from ever breeching a courtroom.
Oftentimes, the most damning trace of a criminal accusation isn’t any punitive measure, but rather the permanent mark that attaches itself to the accused’s record. It’s a standard question on all job applications: “have you ever been convicted of a felony?” We at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC know that measures to prevent a “yes” answer to that question can mean the difference in future employment. Plea bargains to expunge the accused’s record after a set amount of time can ensure past mistakes don’t ruin a person’s future.
Remember, for justice to be achieved, there needs to be a vigorous defense and a fair application of punitive measures. Our team of Tennessee trial lawyers at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC will strive to ensure every aspect of justice is carried out.
Should the circumstances of a crime make it so a trial is necessary, Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC have the acumen to ensure every motion is filed in due time. From jury selection to closing arguments, our team has the experience to ensure a fair trial. No matter the charges, no matter the clientele, we at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC exist solely to see justice carried out every time.
This commitment to fairness means we keep a close eye to the Constitution as it pertains to criminal defense. Is a homicide trial moving along at a reasonable pace, or are other parties dragging out proceedings? Are the seated jurors truly without any pre-existing biases? Is the accused treated fairly if incarcerated for the duration of the trial? Or should the accused be released on their own recognizance? The trial itself must be fair in every respect if justice is to be carried out.
Oftentimes, a case can hinge not on the evidence itself, but rather on how that evidence was gathered. The Constitution sets out specific rules for the gathering of evidence in order to protect the accused and accuser alike from undue encroachment on personal liberties. Our years of trial experience at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC give us a keen eye to what a fair trial looks like. We look not only at the evidence, but also at how the authorities gathered that evidence.
Our experience gives us another advantage in criminal proceedings. The criminal attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson PLLC know which charges tend to be trumped up. Oftentimes, simple drug possession violations get twisted into something more serious. Certain municipalities also have reputations for bringing traffic violations at unnaturally high numbers. Knowing any agency’s history of bringing overblown charges can help to mitigate or even completely get rid of criminal charges.
The criminal defense attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC also have a thorough, vigorous knowledge of the laws themselves. Knowing and being able to argue the line between homicide and manslaughter can save decades of jail time. If, for example, an innocent bystander was killed in the commission of an unrelated robbery, a murder conviction may not be suitable. Intent makes all the difference. Experienced trial lawyers can seek and vigorously fight for a less punitive and proper result.
Even if a person kills another person with intent, voluntary manslaughter charges may be appropriate. If the accused was provoked or put into an unstable emotional state by their target, the more serious homicide charges of First Degree Murder or Second Degree Murder may not be appropriate. The lawyers at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC will comb through the facts of the case to ensure a fair application of justice for all.
The criminal attorneys at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC also know the people who make the justice system in Central and Eastern Tennessee work. We work with judges, other attorneys, and police day in and day out. Criminal charges, big or small, can completely upturn a life. Our experienced lawyers can not only ensure justice for any accused, but also help take the burden of worry from their shoulders.
If you’ve been accused of a crime in Knoxville or greater Tennessee, please contact an attorney at Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC. Ensuring justice for all, even for the accused, is our only goal.