Attorney for the Upper Cumberland and Sequatchie Valley

I provide high quality legal representation that is also affordable.  I serve clients throughout the Upper Cumberland and Sequatchie Valley, including Clay County, Grundy County, Putnam County, Van Buren County, and White County.

Appellate Advocacy

Appellate advocacy is my favorite area of the law.  If you have a criminal or civil appeal in any area of the state and you’re looking to hire an attorney, please contact me.  Private appeals range from $2,000 to $10,000, depending on complexity and whether oral argument is needed.  I also gladly take appointed appeals.

If you are an attorney that would rather focus your time and energy on other areas of the law, I may be able to take over your appeal or help you with drafting it.

Criminal Law

Most of my experience is in criminal law.  In law school, I interned with the District Attorney’s Office in Nashville and the Public Defender’s Office in Franklin.  I also was President of the Belmont Criminal Law Society.  After law school, I’ve handled DUI, drug, theft, domestic, and assault cases.  For general sessions criminal cases in counties that I regularly cover, I charge as little as $250.  While more complex general sessions cases and criminal court cases are more, I keep my prices competitive with market rates.

If you an attorney looking for help on a motion to suppress or motion in limine, I may be able to help you with drafting it.

Estate Planning & Probate

Simple wills and powers of attorney cost as little as $100 per document.  More complex planning, including trusts, conservatorships, and TN Choices planning, is also available.  If a loved one has passed away and you need an attorney to probate your estate, please contact me for more information.

Juvenile Law

I enjoy handling Unruly and Delinquent, Dependent and Neglect, and Termination of Parental Rights cases.  My approach to these cases varies by county because case management procedures and court administrative practices differ considerably among counties.  In juvenile cases, I am very “hands-on,” staying in regular contact with DCS and my clients to see exactly what needs to be done to get the best result for my client.

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Your case is important to you; it should be important to your lawyer.  I give my cell phone number to my clients and often take calls outside of business hours.

Recent Posts

Divided appellate panel debates the proper standard for search of probationer’s home

Does the search of a probationer’s home require reasonable suspicion or is it lawful so long as it is reasonable based upon the totality of the circumstances?  A divided Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals panel recently wrestled with this question.  Here are links to the court’s opinion, the concurrence, and the dissent. Judge Camille R. … Continue reading Divided appellate panel debates the proper standard for search of probationer’s home

Clay County Defendant’s Sentence Upheld

Yesterday, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals upheld Judge David Patterson’s denial of alternative sentencing for a Clay County, Tennessee defendant.  Previously, the defendant had pled nolo contendere to attempted aggravated child neglect, a Class B felony.  As part of her plea agreement, she agreed to serve an eight-year term in the manner imposed by … Continue reading Clay County Defendant’s Sentence Upheld

In termination of parental rights cases, substantial compliance is about effort, not outcome

The Tennessee Court of Appeals recently reiterated that, when analyzing whether a parent substantially complied with DCS permanency plans, a trial court should focus on effort instead of outcome.  In the case, the mother completed each task in the first and second permanency plan.  Concerning the third plan, the mother finished substance abuse treatment at … Continue reading In termination of parental rights cases, substantial compliance is about effort, not outcome

Gainsboro man arrested for allegedly having sex in a bathroom at the Putnam County Fair

The Herald Citizen reports that the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a Gainsboro man for having sex in a bathroom at the Putnam County Fair. Reportedly, a deputy told the couple to come out after observing “the feet of a man and a woman beneath one of the stalls.”   Interestingly, the woman was … Continue reading Gainsboro man arrested for allegedly having sex in a bathroom at the Putnam County Fair

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