Criminal Law

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Being convicted of a crime can cause serious repercussions both now and in the future. Jail time, court fees, a criminal record, and loss of income/job are some of the reasons that you need the assistance of an experienced attorney. Crimes will fall into one of two categories: felonies and misdemeanors.

Misdemeanors are crimes that call for a maximum of 11 months and 29 days of either jail time or probation or combination. These are crimes that are not punished severely as felonies. They generally include theft of property under $500, DUI, assault, possession of drugs under a certain amount.

Felonies are more serious crimes and call for a sentence of one year or greater. The sentence can also be jail time, probation, or a combination of both. These crimes include robbery, drug distribution, arson, rape, and murder.

What is the range of punishment for misdemeanors and felonies in Tennessee?

Misdemeanors fall into one of three classes; A, B, and C. The maximum punishment for a misdemeanor is as follows:

  • Class A- 11 months 29 days in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.00
  • Class B- 6 months in jail and a maximum fine of $500.00
  • Class C- 30 days in jail and a maximum $50.00 fine

Felonies range from A to E:

  • Class A- 15 to 60 years with a maximum fine of $50,000.00
  • Class B- 8 to 30 years with a maximum fine of $25,000.00
  • Class C- 3 to 15 years with a maximum fine of $10,000.00
  • Class D- 2 to 12 years with a maximum fine of $5,000.00
  • Class E- 1 to 6 years with a maximum fine of $3,000.00

Note that drug fines may be different from the fines listed above. This is intended for information only and not to be considered as legal advice.