Category: Criminal Law News Nashville

Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

If you have to ask, the answer is probably yes. Whether you are concerned that you have been made the target of an investigation or feel certain that you have been made the target of an investigation, you would be well served by speaking with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.  While… Read More

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What Happens after Indictment?

In Tennessee, there are 31 separate judicial districts, but all criminal cases follow a similar path after the grand jury issues a true bill which results in an indictment.  An indictment is the charging instrument which is essentially nothing more than an accusation.  It should be noted that a presentment is an alternative charging instrument,… Read More

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What happens in General Sessions Criminal Court?

If you have been charged with a crime in the State of Tennessee, your case will most likely begin in the General Sessions Court.  There are limited circumstances under which a case will begin at the grand jury level, but the first court appearance in most criminal cases is in General Sessions Court.  Everything from… Read More

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Tennessee Supreme Court Issues Opinion in Gun Case

In State v. Harbison, 2018 Tenn. LEXIS 7, the Tennessee Supreme Court recently held that multiple convictions for employing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony do not violate the prohibition against double jeopardy.  Harbison was convicted of three counts of employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony wherein… Read More

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Drug Charges: Joint Possession Should Not Result in Joint Representation

If you, along with other people, have been charged with possession of the same drugs, you may be asking yourself how can this be?  Well, under Tennessee Law you may be prosecuted for what is referred to as joint possession. In Tennessee, two types of possession exist: actual or constructive.  “A person who knowingly has… Read More

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Drug Charges and Constructive Possession

If you have been charged with possession of drugs that were not yours and perhaps were only in your vicinity when they were discovered by law enforcement, you may have been charged under a theory of what is referred to as constructive possession.  It is important that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney… Read More

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The Best Nashville Criminal Defense Lawyer for You

Nashville Criminal Defense Lawyer If you have been charged with a crime or made the subject of a criminal investigation, you are faced with a big decision which often must be made quickly in order to protect your rights.  While hiring a lawyer can seem like a daunting task, a few of the following considerations… Read More

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Good News for Expungements – Speak to our Criminal Defense Team for Information

Tennessee has recently reduced the price tag at the Clerk’s Office for the filing of an expungement application.  If you are seeking to have a criminal conviction removed from your record, the attorneys at Stephens Law, PLC can assist you.  While not all convictions qualify for expungement, an experienced criminal defense attorney can assist you… Read More

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Criminal Lawyer in Nashville Tennessee

Welcome to the Law Office of Matthew P. Stephens, your first line of defense when accused of committing a crime. Please let us know if we can help you with your legal issues.

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