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TennesseeCriminal Defense Lawyers in Tennessee

The United States Constitution grants important rights to any person accused of a crime including due process, the right to a fair and speedy trial, the right to representation by counsel, the right to remain silent and to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney in Tennessee, consider the lawyer's training, experience, ratings and reviews. Attorneys that practice within the criminal justice system tend to focus on certain types of cases in either state or federal court.


Most criminal defense attorneys provide a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and defenses that might apply. Before you decide on which attorney to hire, meet with several different attorneys in their office to discuss the case and the attorney fees required for representation.


Once you decide which attorney to hire, make sure you and the attorney sign a written fee agreement or contract that describes the attorney fees required at each stage of the case including during pre-trial negotiations, motion hearings and a bench or jury trial.


A criminal defense lawyer in Tennessee should fight to protect the rights of his or her client in a criminal case against felony or misdemeanor charges... Read more »

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Douglas A Trant

Douglas A Trant
Douglas A Trant
Trant Law
625 Market Street Suite 700
Knoxville, TN 37902
Licensed for 41 years, Douglas A Trant is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University TN... read more >
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nbta
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Douglas A Trant
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

J. Jeffrey Lee

J. Jeffrey Lee
J. Jeffrey Lee
The Law Office of J. Jeffrey Lee
1303 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
Licensed for 13 years, J. Jeffrey Lee is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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nbta
National Board of Trial Advocacy
J. Jeffrey Lee
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

CLAYTON M. WHITTAKER

CLAYTON M. WHITTAKER
CLAYTON M. WHITTAKER
MCKOON WILLIAMS AND ATCHLEY, PLLC
633 CHESTNUT, SUITE 1300 REPUBLIC CENTER
Chattanooga, TN 37450
Licensed for 32 years, CLAYTON M. WHITTAKER is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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nbta
National Board of Trial Advocacy
CLAYTON M. WHITTAKER
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Thomas Boyers

Thomas Boyers
Thomas Boyers
Thomas Boyers V, Attorney At Law
150 West Main Street Suite 301
Gallatin, TN 37066
Licensed for 20 years, Thomas Boyers is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended The Nashville School of Law... read more >
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nlc
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Thomas Boyers
Member,
Legal Committee

David Miller Eldridge

David Miller Eldridge
David Miller Eldridge
Eldridge & Blakney PC
400 West Church Ave Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37902
Licensed for 33 years, David Miller Eldridge is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended WAKE FOREST... read more >
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nbta
National Board of Trial Advocacy
David Miller Eldridge
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Joseph Fuson

Joseph Fuson
Joseph Fuson
Freeman & Fuson
2126 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Licensed for 14 years, Joseph Fuson is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended TACDL Criminal Defense College... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Joseph Fuson
Lifetime Member,
Legal Committee

William Thomas Dillard

William Thomas Dillard
William Thomas Dillard
Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, P.C.
606 W. Main Street Suite 300
Knoxville, TN 37902
Licensed for 55 years, William Thomas Dillard is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Tennessee College of Law... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
William Thomas Dillard
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Russell F Thomas

Russell F Thomas
Russell F Thomas
Law Office of Russell F. Thomas
414 Union Street
Nashville, TN 37219
Licensed for 17 years, Russell F Thomas is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended The University of Tennessee College of Law... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Russell F Thomas
Member

Tawanda Williams

Tawanda Williams
Tawanda Williams
Tawanda Williams Law Office, PLLC
200 Poplar Suite 106
Memphis, TN 38103
Licensed for 12 years, Tawanda Williams is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Mississippi College School of Law... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Tawanda Williams
Member

Marcos M Garza

Marcos M Garza
Marcos M Garza
Garza Law Firm, PLLC
550 W. Main St. Suite 340
Knoxville, TN 37902
Licensed for 19 years, Marcos M Garza is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Tennessee College of Law... read more >
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American Chemical Society,<br /> Chemistry and the Law Division
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Marcos M Garza
American Chemical Society,
Chemistry and the Law Division

John P Cauley

John P Cauley
John P Cauley
Law Office of John Cauley
1550 West McEwen Drive, Suite 300, Box 19
Franklin, TN 37067
Licensed for 26 years, John P Cauley is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Michigan State University College of Law... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
John P Cauley
Member

Joshua Brand

Joshua Brand
Joshua Brand
Law Office of Joshua L. Brand
211 Union St., STE 200
Nashville, TN 37201
Joshua Brand is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Michigan State University College of Law... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Joshua Brand
Member

George Frank Lannom

George Frank Lannom
George Frank Lannom
Lannom and Williams, PLLC
137 Public Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
George Frank Lannom is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
George Frank Lannom
Life Member

Lee Martin

Lee Martin
Lee Martin
The Law Office of Lee Martin
525 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210
Licensed for 24 years, Lee Martin is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Mississippi College School of Law... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Lee Martin
Member

John Edward Eldridge

John Edward Eldridge
John Edward Eldridge
Eldridge & Gaines PLLC
800 S Gay St. Suite 2100
Knoxville, TN 37929
Licensed for 41 years, John Edward Eldridge is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Tennessee College of Law... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
John Edward Eldridge
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Daniel Joseph Taylor

Daniel Joseph Taylor
Daniel Joseph Taylor
Spragins, Barnett & Cobb
312 E. Lafayette Street
Jackson, TN 38301
Licensed for 28 years, Daniel Joseph Taylor is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Nashville... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Daniel Joseph Taylor
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Michael K Walker

Michael K Walker
Michael K Walker
Michael K. Walker, Attorney at Law
341 Harrison St.
Nashville, TN 37219
Licensed for 10 years, Michael K Walker is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Nashville School of Law... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Michael K Walker
Life Member

Chelsea Nicholson

Chelsea Nicholson
Chelsea Nicholson
Chelsea Nicholson, Attorney at Law
219 2nd Avenue North Suite 400, Market Street
Nashville, TN 37201
Licensed for 10 years, Chelsea Nicholson is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended Nashville School of Law... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Chelsea Nicholson
Member

Michael P Auffinger

Michael P Auffinger
Michael P Auffinger
Law Office of Michael Auffinger
1819 Ward Drive Suite 101
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Licensed for 8 years, Michael P Auffinger is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Nashville School of Law... read more >

Charles Gilman Currier

Charles Gilman Currier
Charles Gilman Currier
Charles Currier, Attorney at Law
311 Tellico Street N
Madisonville, TN 37354
Licensed for 37 years, Charles Gilman Currier is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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nbta
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Charles Gilman Currier
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

C. Mark Donahoe

C. Mark Donahoe
C. Mark Donahoe
Hardee, Martin & Donahoe
213 E Lafayette
Jackson, TN 38301
Licensed for 36 years, C. Mark Donahoe is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University MISSISSIPPI... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
C. Mark Donahoe
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Anthony Philip Lomonaco

Anthony Philip Lomonaco
Anthony Philip Lomonaco
800 S. Gay Street Suite 2610
Knoxville, TN 37929
Licensed for 35 years, Anthony Philip Lomonaco is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Tenn... read more >
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nbta
National Board of Trial Advocacy
Anthony Philip Lomonaco
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Bryce W McKenzie

Bryce W McKenzie
Bryce W McKenzie
Law Offices of Bryan E. Delius
124 Court Ave
Sevierville, TN 37862
Licensed for 12 years, Bryce W McKenzie is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Bryce W McKenzie
Member

Philip Clark

Philip Clark
Philip Clark
PNC Law Criminal Defense Attorney
615 Main St. Suite 102
Nashville, TN 37206
Licensed for 5 years, Philip Clark is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

M. Don Himmelberg

M. Don Himmelberg
M. Don Himmelberg
Himmelberg & Associates
525 4th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37210
Licensed for 28 years, M. Don Himmelberg is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Nashville School of Law... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
M. Don Himmelberg
Member

Steven Oberman

Steven Oberman
Steven Oberman
550 W. Main St. Suite 730
Knoxville, TN 37902
Steven Oberman is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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National College for DUI Defense
Steven Oberman
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law

Robert D Massey

Robert D Massey
Robert D Massey
Robert D. Massey and Associates
211 West Madison Street
Pulaski, TN 38478
Licensed for 37 years, Robert D Massey is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Memphis ST Univ... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Robert D Massey
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Mark Christopher Scruggs

Mark Christopher Scruggs
Mark Christopher Scruggs
Johnson, Scruggs & Barfield
95 White Bridge Road Suite 508
Nashville, TN 37205
Mark Christopher Scruggs is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Tennessee College of Law... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Mark Christopher Scruggs
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Claiborne Hambrick Ferguson

Claiborne Hambrick Ferguson
Claiborne Hambrick Ferguson
100 N. Main Suite 3118
Memphis, TN 38103
Claiborne Hambrick Ferguson is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended MISSISSIPPI College of LawLEGE... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Claiborne Hambrick Ferguson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

John P Webb

John P Webb
John P Webb
Law Office of John P. Webb
5115 Maryland Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
John P Webb is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Joshua Weiss

Joshua Weiss
Joshua Weiss
Cavett, Abbott & Weiss PLLC
801 Broad Street Suite 428
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Licensed for 9 years, Joshua Weiss is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

William Dennis Massey

William Dennis Massey
William Dennis Massey
Law Office of Massey & McClusky
3074 East St
Memphis, TN 38128
Licensed for 39 years, William Dennis Massey is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
William Dennis Massey
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Vakessha Hood-Schneider

Vakessha Hood-Schneider
Vakessha Hood-Schneider
Vakessha Hood-Schneider, Attorney at Law
2201 Murfreesboro Pike Suite B-108
Nashville, TN 37217
Vakessha Hood-Schneider is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

R. Garth Best

R. Garth Best
R. Garth Best
Best Hayduk Brock, PLLC
1257 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Licensed for 12 years, R. Garth Best is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Nashville School of Law... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
R. Garth Best
Member

Edward D Hastings

Edward D Hastings
Edward D Hastings
Law Office of Edward D. Hastings
One Nashville Place 150 4th Ave North (20th F
Nashville, TN 37219
Licensed for 8 years, Edward D Hastings is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer... read more >

Ralph Edward Harwell

Ralph Edward Harwell
Ralph Edward Harwell
Ralph E. Harwell, P.C.
2131 First Tennessee Plaza
Knoxville, TN 37929
Ralph Edward Harwell is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Tennessee College of Law... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Ralph Edward Harwell
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Marty Brett McAfee

Marty Brett McAfee
Marty Brett McAfee
McAfee & McAfee
246 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Marty Brett McAfee is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law - The University of Me... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Marty Brett McAfee
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Jeffrey James Mueller

Jeffrey James Mueller
Jeffrey James Mueller
Mueller & Ellis
PO Box 3146
Jackson, TN 38303
Jeffrey James Mueller is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University MISSISSIPPI... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Jeffrey James Mueller
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Charles Irvin Poole

Charles Irvin Poole
Charles Irvin Poole
Charles Poole & Associates PLLC
118 Court Avenue Suite 1
Sevierville, TN 37862
Charles Irvin Poole is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University FL... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Charles Irvin Poole
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Richard Lewis Tennent

Richard Lewis Tennent
Richard Lewis Tennent
Bell Tennent & Frogge, PLLC
Bank of America Plaza
Nashville, TN 37219
Richard Lewis Tennent is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Vanderbilt Law School... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Richard Lewis Tennent
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

John T Milburn Rogers

John T Milburn Rogers
John T Milburn Rogers
Rogers, Laughlin, Nunnally et al.
100 S Main St
Greeneville, TN 37743
Licensed for 46 years, John T Milburn Rogers is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Tennessee College ... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
John T Milburn Rogers
Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy

Michael Edwin Scholl

Michael Edwin Scholl
Michael Edwin Scholl
The Scholl Law Firm
4th Floor
Memphis, TN 38103
Michael Edwin Scholl is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law - The University of Me... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Michael Edwin Scholl
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Dick Strong

Dick Strong
Dick Strong
1308 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208
Licensed for 12 years, Dick Strong is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended University of Mississippi School of Law... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dick Strong
Member

C. Leland Davis

C. Leland Davis
C. Leland Davis
Davis & Hoss, P.C.
508 East 5th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
C. Leland Davis is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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nacdl-lm
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
C. Leland Davis
Life Member

T. Clifton Harviel

T. Clifton Harviel
T. Clifton Harviel
Harviel Law Office
140 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
T. Clifton Harviel is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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nacdl-lm
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
T. Clifton Harviel
Life Member

Brent Owen Horst

Brent Owen Horst
Brent Owen Horst
3925 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216
Brent Owen Horst is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University TOLEDO... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Brent Owen Horst
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Clifton B Sobel

Clifton B Sobel
Clifton B Sobel
Sobel Law Office
752 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Licensed for 25 years, Clifton B Sobel is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Nasvhville School of Law... read more >
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nlc
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Clifton B Sobel
Member,
Legal Committee

Gregory Paul Isaacs

Gregory Paul Isaacs
Gregory Paul Isaacs
The Isaacs Law Firm
618 S. Gay Street Suite 300
Knoxville, TN 37902
Licensed for 32 years, Gregory Paul Isaacs is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer... read more >

J Michael Engle

J Michael Engle
J Michael Engle
519 Fairfax Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
J Michael Engle is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
J Michael Engle
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

Kurt W Bartlett

Kurt W Bartlett
Kurt W Bartlett
Bartlett Law Offices
404 James Robertson Parkway Suite 1613
Nashville, TN 37219
Licensed for 9 years, Kurt W Bartlett is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Aquinas College... read more >
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tacdl
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Kurt W Bartlett
Member

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