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Defending Against Violent Crime Accusations

Generally, violent crimes are committed against another person and involve the use or threatened use of force. Various offenses fall under the term violent crime, including, but not limited to murder, rape, and assault. Because the victim was either physically harmed or harm was threatened, the State takes these matters seriously. Depending on the type of conduct involved, a violent crime can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony, with the classification varying based on the severity of the offense. Thus, whatever you have been accused of, you are facing incarceration, fines, and other criminal sanctions that can profoundly affect you for the rest of your life. To fight your charge and seek to avoid or minimize the severe and lasting consequences of a conviction, you need aggressive defense in your corner.

At Andrew C. Beasley, PLLC, I, Andrew C. Beasley, am an experienced and knowledgeable violent crimes lawyer in Nashville. As a former prosecutor, I have unique insight into the criminal justice system from the other side of the court. I know how the opposition prepares for cases, what they must prove, and what challenges they face. When you hire me for your violent crimes defense, my knowledge and resources can be an advantage in your case as I seek to obtain a favorable outcome on your behalf.

To discuss your Nashville violent crime case, schedule a free consultation by calling (615) 274-4009 or submitting an online contact form today.

What Are Violent Crimes in Nashville, TN?

Chapter 13 of Title 39 of the Tennessee Annotated Code lists several offenses against the person considered violent crimes. They fall into various categories, including, but not limited to assaultive, homicide, and sexual offenses. Although the specific elements of each differ, at their core, they all involve conduct that causes or could cause injury to another person.

Below is a more in-depth review of examples of violent crimes in Tennessee:

  • Assault: Assault occurs when a person causes bodily injury to another, makes an individual fear that they are in imminent danger of injury, or makes extremely offensive or provocative physical contact (Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-101).
  • Aggravated assault: According to Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-102, a person can be charged with aggravated assault if they commit assault that resulted in serious bodily injury or death to another, involved strangulation, or used a deadly weapon.
  • Intimidation: A person can commit intimidation under Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-309 in several ways. These include harming or threatening to harm someone who has exercised a civil right or damaging or destroying the property of someone who has exercised a civil right or to prevent them from doing such.
  • Involuntary servitude: This offense involves forcing another person to engage in labor or services. Methods used to make a person submit include causing or threatening to cause bodily harm, physically restraining the other person, confiscating the individual's government identification documents, or using threats or violence (Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-307).
  • Kidnapping: A person may be charged with kidnapping under Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-303 if they move or confine another individual and restrict their liberties in a way that places the victim at risk of bodily injury. The offense may be charged as aggravated kidnapping under Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-304 if the defendant committed it to further or flee after committing a felony or interfere with government business, to cause serious bodily injury or terrorize another, or the victim actually suffered bodily injury, or the defended had or threatened to use a deadly weapon.
  • Manslaughter: Under Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-211, a person commits manslaughter when they cause the death of another after being provoked to the point that they behave irrationally. The individual may have had the intent to kill, but unlike murder, the act was not planned.
  • Murder: This crime involves the unlawful killing of another. Tennessee separates it into first- and second-degree offenses. First-degree murder (Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-202) occurs when someone plans the act, causes another's death while engaged in a separate felony, or commits the offense by throwing or discharging a bomb. Second-degree murder (Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-210) is committed when someone knowingly kills another or distributes a drug that causes another person to die.
  • Rape: Under Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-503, rape occurs when someone engages in unlawful sexual penetration through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, when the victim did not consent, or when the defendant knew that the victim was mentally defective or incapacitated or physically helpless. Under Tenn. Code. Ann. § 39-13-502, rape is an aggravated offense when the defendant was armed with a deadly weapon, caused bodily injury to the victim, or committed the act with one or more others.
  • Sexual battery: This offense involves unlawful sexual contact committed through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, when the victim did not consent, or when the victim was mentally incapacitated or defective or physically helpless (Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-505).
  • Stalking: Under Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-315, this offense occurs when, on two or more occasions, someone harasses another person, causing them to feel terrorized, threatened, intimidated, or frightened.
  • Statutory rape: An adult commits statutory rape under Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-506 when they have unlawful sex with a minor under 17 but at least 13 years of age.

A charge for any of the offenses listed above is serious. If you are facing accusations, you need a staunch and zealous Nashville violent crime attorney fighting for you. I can deliver the dedicated defense you need.

What Are the Penalties for a TN Violent Crime Charge?

The criminal sanctions imposed upon a violent crime conviction depend on the conduct involved.

Charges and penalties for violent crimes include the following:

  • Class B misdemeanor:
    • Up to 6 months of incarceration and/or
    • Up to $500 in fines

Example of offenses:

    • Assault involving extremely offensive or provocative contact
  • Class A misdemeanor:
    • Up to 11 months, 29 days of incarceration and/or
    • Up to $2,500 in fines

Examples of offenses:

    • Assault causing injury or causing another to fear injury
    • Stalking
  • Class E felony:
    • 1 to 6 years of imprisonment
    • Up to $3,000 in fines

Examples of offenses:

    • Sexual battery
    • Statutory rape
  • Class D felony:
    • 2 to 12 years of imprisonment and/or
    • Up to $5,000 in fines

Examples of offenses:

    • Aggravated assault where the defendant acted recklessly
    • Intimidation
  • Class C felony:
    • 3 to 15 years of imprisonment and/or
    • Up to $10,000 in fines

Examples of offenses:

    • Aggravated assault where the defendant acted knowingly or intentionally
    • Voluntary manslaughter
    • Kidnapping
    • Involuntary servitude
  • Class B felony:
    • 8 to 30 years of imprisonment and/or
    • Up to $25,000 in fines

Examples of offenses:

    • Aggravated kidnapping
    • Rape
    • Aggravated sexual battery
  • Class A felony:
    • 15 to 60 years of imprisonment
    • Up to $50,000 in fines

Examples of offenses:

    • Second-degree murder
    • Aggravated rape

First-degree murder is not classified as any of the felony offenses listed above. Still, it carries the most severe penalties. A conviction can result in death, life imprisonment without parole, or life imprisonment.

The stakes are high in any violent crime matter. Your personal and professional relationships, finances, and entire future are on the line. You need a Nashville violent crime lawyer ready to do what it takes to protect your rights. I am prepared to exhaust my resources and explore every legal option to work toward obtaining the best possible result.

Fighting Against Violent Crime Charges

When I take on a case, I conduct detailed research and thoroughly prepare to defend my clients. Because I am a former prosecutor, I can anticipate the opposition's moves and develop counterarguments to challenge their allegations. I am ready to fight any violent crime charge.

For help from a Nashville violent crimes lawyer committed to delivering the defense you need, contact me at (615) 274-4009. I am available 24/7 for my clients.

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