Criminal Defense Attorney

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.  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 $400.  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

Power of attorney for $100.  Simple wills for $200 each.  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.

Real Estate

Quitclaims deeds for $100 each.  Title searches for $200 each.  A warranty deed and title search is $300 total.

Juvenile Law

I enjoy helping clients with 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.


These are the most enjoyable cases.  When an adoption is finalized, the judge will often take a picture with the adoptive parents and child.  While these cases make everyone happy, there are a number of statutory requirements that I can help you fulfill.  For example, some adoption cases require a home study, and nearly all adoptions require checking the putative father’s registry.  If you need help with your adoption, contact me today.


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.

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Tennessee Supreme Court supports indigent defense changes. Part 2

Two months ago, I wrote about the Tennessee Indigent Representation Task Force’s 204-page report that recommended changes to indigent defense in Tennessee.  This month, the Tennessee Supreme Court backed some of the recommendations in the report.  Specifically, the Court is supporting legislative changes that would raise the hourly compensation rate of appointed attorneys from $40/hr … Continue reading Tennessee Supreme Court supports indigent defense changes. Part 2

Adults are also at fault in juvenile sexual hazing cases

The Ooltewah rape case is still fresh in our memory.  Now, there are rape allegations that hit even closer to home.  Why are young men acting this way toward other young men?  When I was young, there was hazing.  But hazing meant you were picked on, or at worse, beaten up.  At no point in time did hazing ever … Continue reading Adults are also at fault in juvenile sexual hazing cases

Simple Possession or Casual Exchange Lawyer in Celina, TN

If you’ve been charged with simple possession or casual exchange in Clay County, Tennessee, it’s important that you contact an experienced attorney. Simple possession or casual exchange is an A misdemeanor.  T.C.A. § 39-17-418.  That means someone convicted of simple possession or casual exchange could receive up to 11 months, 29 days in jail and up to … Continue reading Simple Possession or Casual Exchange Lawyer in Celina, TN

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