Criminal Law



If you or a loved one is charged with a criminal offense in Tennessee, it is paramount that you obtain an experienced defense attorney.  Criminal charges can impose a significant and often permanent impact on a person’s life, and that is why the attorneys at McDonald, Levy & Taylor will aggressively fight for you every step of the way.  We defend a wide range of criminal charges from misdemeanors to felonies and juvenile delinquency charges.

The criminal justice system can be complex and intimidating for people charged with a crime.  Having a knowledgeable and understanding attorney by your side and fighting on your behalf can ensure you understand every step of the proceedings and that your rights are vigorously protected.  Whether this is your first experience with the criminal process or not, you want someone who will advocate for you to ensure you are treated fairly.

The attorneys at our firm have represented individuals in Knox County and all surrounding counties in East Tennessee.  Their familiarity with the court system will ensure you have the best opportunity for a favorable outcome.  In criminal cases, often time is of the essence, so call today to set up a consultation.


Frequently asked questions:


Do I need an attorney?  Depending on the severity of the charge, people sometimes ask if they need an attorney to handle their matter.  The answer is always yes.  Even misdemeanors can have a lifelong impact on a person’s employment options, student loans, housing, military applications, second amendment rights, and ability to travel outside of the country.  Knowing how a potential resolution could impact your future is key to making an informed decision on how to proceed through this often complex system.


What if this is my first arrest?  If this is your first arrest, there may be the opportunity for various resolutions that result in an expungement of the charge against you.  Depending upon numerous factors, you may be eligible for pre-trial diversion, judicial diversion, or other available resolutions short of a permanent finding of guilt on your record.  Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you discover if one of these options is available to you, and walk you through the steps towards an ultimate dismissal and expungement.


What if I am accused of violating my probation?  Probation violations in Tennessee are very serious matters and often times the state will request a period of incarceration.  Our attorneys are well versed in probation violations and can defend you vigorously on these types of allegations.


What is the cost to retain an attorney for my case?  Criminal charges vary widely in complexity and seriousness.  Our attorneys will thoroughly review the allegations with you and discuss fees at our first meeting.  A retainer agreement will be provided to you laying out the terms clearly.

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