Facing Criminal Charges in Tennessee?

It is not easy to find out what you can expect for a penalty for a criminal charge in Tennessee. The factors that go into this are significant. Ausbrooks Law Office will be able to give you a fair assessment of what you are up against. Contact us at 615-591-9111.

Crime Classifications – Felony vs Misdemeanor Charges

The basic classification of crime is the misdemeanor and felony classification. In addition, felonies and misdemeanors are classified and divided further into different classes. These crime classes are a huge factor in determining a sentence for any particular offense.

A misdemeanor is typically an offense punishable by less than one year in county jail.

A felony, on the other hand carries a potential sentence greater than one year in a state prison as well as restrictions after your release. These restrictions can include being prohibited from owning firearms and even losing the right to vote.

 

Sentencing Grid

Tennessee separates felonies into 5 classifications. The state also categorizes offenders into 5 categories based on prior criminal convictions. Essentially, if you have an extensive criminal history, then you will potentially face a much harsher sentence.  An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you in assessing your criminal history to determine the range of punishment you are facing.

Prior Convictions?Felony Class?

Mitigated

0 priors

Standard(Range 1)

0-1 prior

Multiple(Range II)

2-4 priors

Persistent(Range III)

5+ priors

Career

A

(15-60 years)

13.5 years

15-25

25-40

40-60

60

B

(8-30 years)

7.2

8-12

12-20

20-30

30

C

(3-15 years)

2.7

3-6

6-10

10-15

15

D

(2-12 years)

1.8

2-4

4-8

8-12

12

E

(1-6 years)

.9

1-2

2-4

4-6

6

 

 

If you are accused of any criminal charge in Tennessee, please contact Ausbrooks Law Office at 615-591-9111 for help.

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