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Family Law
Alimony
Child Support
Custody & Visitation
Divorce
Contested Divorce
Uncontested Divorce
Fathers' Rights
Neglected and Abused Children
Grandparent's Rights
High-Asset Divorce
Parental Relocation
Order of Protection
Criminal Defense
Assault
Criminal Homicide Offenses
Defending Drug Offenses
Domestic Violence
Drug Paraphernalia
Drug Possession and Manufacturing
Drug Trafficking and Distribution
DUI
Expungement / Pre-Trial Diversion
Internet Crimes
Probation Violation
Retired Cases
Sex Crimes
Sex Related Offenses
Shoplifting
Simple Possession
Theft Crimes
Criminal Law Center
Child Custody & Visitation Practice Center
Divorce & Property Center
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Criminal Law Center

If you have been charged with a crime, working closely with an attorney who will clearly explain all rights, options and consequences can help you make decisions that are in your best interests. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation and case evaluation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Criminal Defense Help in Franklin, Tennessee

Don't Leave Your Freedom to Chance or Inexperience

The most effective criminal defense is born from experience, legal knowledge and a commitment to the best-possible legal outcome. At the law firm of Milazo Law, we bring these attributes to each case we handle.

Our attorney team has handled hundreds of criminal cases in our 20 years of combined criminal law experience, and is fully familiar with Tennessee law and legal procedures. Our aggressive advocacy has resulted in numerous instances of fully dismissed charges, acquittal and significantly reduced charges. For a no-charge discussion of your rights and your case following criminal charges, contact a lawyer at 615-599-7719.

Criminal Defense - An Overview

Our criminal justice system can be overwhelming and frightening. The incarceration rate in the United States is much higher than many other industrialized countries. Prison sentences are getting longer and more frequent. If you face the possibility of being accused of a crime, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as early in the process as possible, preferably even before questioning or investigation by the police. A skilled attorney from Milazo Law in Franklin, Tennessee, can fight for your legal and constitutional rights.

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Constitutional Protections for the Criminal Defendant

The United States Constitution and its subsequent amendments define the scope of governmental power and reserve certain individual rights to the people. The first 10 amendments, also called the Bill of Rights, contain basic, fundamental rights of individuals on which the government may not impinge. Many of these constitutional rights provide protection to criminal defendants in the criminal justice system. The Fourteenth Amendment extends substantive due process rights beyond just the federal system to criminal defendants in state courts where the vast majority of criminal trials occur.

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Classifications of Crimes

Because the negative behavior regulated by the criminal laws varies from relatively minor to devastatingly violent, crimes are classified into levels or degrees. The classification of a crime reflects its seriousness. The actual classification of a particular offense varies depending on the jurisdiction. If you are questioned about a crime or are accused of or arrested for a crime, you should consult an experienced attorney as early in the process as possible.

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The Right to Counsel

The Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees the right to an attorney to anyone facing federal criminal charges. The 14th Amendment and some state constitutions also afford this right to anyone facing state felony charges. Those who are indigent and cannot afford an attorney have the right to have one appointed to them for free. Most people, however, do not understand what the right to an attorney means, when this right attaches or who qualifies for a court-appointed lawyer.

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Finding a Job After a Criminal Conviction

If you have been convicted of a crime, you may wonder if you will be able to find employment. Employers are becoming increasingly concerned about knowing whether applicants have criminal records. Part of this concern stems from large jury verdicts that have been rendered against employers for negligently hiring people with criminal histories who subsequently caused harm to others while on the job. Another concern for employers relates to whether they will have to disclose an employee's criminal conviction to others. For example, if a company is trying to raise capital, it may need to make certain disclosures to a bank. Will the company have to disclose that an employee has a criminal conviction for embezzlement or money laundering?

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Criminal Defense Resource Links

Equal Justice, USA
"Capital Defense Handbook For Defendants and Their Families" provides information and advice about death-penalty cases from the defense point of view.

ACLU: Prisoners' Rights
Resource provided by the American Civil Liberties Union with information on national and state efforts to recognize and protect prisoner's rights.

Justice Denied
"Justice Denied" is a magazine devoted to helping people who have been wrongly convicted of crime in the US and internationally.

The Sentencing Project
A national leader in the development of alternative sentencing programs and in research and advocacy about criminal justice policy.

Prison Policy Initiative
The Prison Policy Initiative conducts research and advocacy about incarceration and criminal justice policy.

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Serving clients in Williamson County, Franklin TN, Fairview TN, Spring Hill TN, Brentwwod TN, Maury County, Coulmbia TN, Mt. Pleasant TN, Davidson County, Nashville TN, Hickman County, Centerville TN, Lyles TN, Lewis County, Hohenwald TN, Perry County, Linden TN, Marshall County, Lewisburg TN, Bedford County, Shelbyville TN, Dickson County, Dickson TN, Burns TN, Rutherford County, Murfreesboro TN, Smyrna TN, Sumner County, Gallatin, TN, Robertson County, Springfield, TN and Giles County, Pulaski, TN John M. Milazo would be happy to serve you as well.

Address: 109 Cleburne Street, Franklin, TN 37064  Phone: (615) 599-7719