PRACTICE AREAS

 

DUI/BUI

Driving under the influence, Boating under the influence

 

DUI/BUI:

Driving under the influence is one of the most commonly committed crimes in the United States. Unfortunately, because this crime is so common, many people make the mistake of taking their DUI arrests lightly instead of seeking appropriate legal representation. If you’ve been charged with DUI in Knoxville, TN, your first step should be to discuss your charges with a DUI lawyer like the Law Offices Of Jamie Poston Hughes.

 

A DUI conviction has the potential to result in a variety of penalties. The severity of penalties will depend on the specific situation, and if the defendant was a first time or multiple time offender.

 

Penalties for a DUI 1st offense may include:

  • Mandatory minimum of 48 hours in jail

  • Suspension of a driver's license for a minimum of one year

  • Increased insurance rates

  • Mandatory minimum fine of $350

  • Heavy Court Costs

  • Community Service, usually highway litter pickup

  • Mandatory enrollment in an alcohol education class

  • Lost job opportunities due to driving restrictions.

 

Penalties for Multiple DUI convictions can result in:

  • Mandatory minimum jail time beginning at 45 days

  • Costly vehicular interlock devices

  • Higher mandatory fines and costs

  • Possible felony conviction

  • Potential for status as a Habitual Vehicular Motor Offender, preventing the offender from ever driving a vehicle in the future.

 

Once an individual pleads guilty to a DUI, that conviction will stay on his or her record permanently.  With the stakes being so high, it is important to consult an attorney experienced in DUI cases.  There are ways to challenge a DUI.  The Law Offices of Jamie Hughes can help you understand the charges and penalties, become aware of your rights under the law, and determine which defenses apply in your case. 

 

Whether this is your first DUI charge or your fourth, the Law Offices of Jamie Poston Hughes can provide the support, advice, and representation you need to fight your DUI charge. Call today for a free consultation—your future depends on it.

Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct, Underage Consumption

Alcohol Related

 

Public Intoxication/Disorderly Conduct/Underage Consumption:

 

After Driving Under the Influence, Public Intoxication, Disorderly Conduct and Underage Consumption are the most commonly committed crimes in Knoxville, particularly on the University of Tennessee campus.  While minor crimes, a conviction for these charges can result in higher insurance rates, difficulties obtaining employment, and gaining acceptance into higher education universities.  Any conviction, even for minor charges, can tarnish your record and reputation.  The Law Offices of Jamie Poston Hughes can provide representation to keep your record unblemished. 

Drug Charges

Drug-related crimes

 

Drug Charges:

 

Many drug-related crimes carry extremely heavy jail sentences and fines, even for a first time offender.  A conviction for a drug crime could stay on your record for your entire life, affecting your ability to get a job, a loan, or even a house or apartment. 

 

Most drug offenses typically involve these substances:

  • Marijuana

  • Cocaine/Crack

  • Prescription medications

  • Methamphetamine

  • Heroin

  • Ecstasy

 

The criminal charge you face will largely depend on the nature of the specific drug, the amount you are found in possession of, and even the location where you are arrested.  Penalties for each substance can depend on the drug's classification that is established under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Additionally, any past drug crime charges can also impact the seriousness of the penalty you face.

 

If you’ve been charged with a drug-related crime, contact The Law Offices Of Jamie Poston Hughes to discuss your case with an understanding and experienced defense attorney. There are several different ways to mount a drug related offense, including challenging the stop or search, amount of substance, or status as a user/dealer.  Depending on the circumstances of your situation, we may be able to help you obtain a favorable plea deal, help you prove your innocence, or even get the charges against you dropped completely. The key is to act quickly, so call today.

Assault Crimes

 

Assault Crimes:

 

The assault crimes most commonly charged in Tennessee are:

 

  • Assault

  • Aggravated Assault

  • Domestic Assault

  • False Imprisonment

  • Harassment

  • Violation of Order of Protection

 

The outcome of an assault case can have lasting effects on both you and family, affecting everything from your employment opportunities to your immigration status or ability to own a firearm.  However, it is also one of the hardest types of cases for the State to prove.  That is why it is incredibly important to hire an attorney to aggressively fight for your rights.  Many assault cases involve parties that are related or have a previous relationship, and can involve a lot of passion and emotion.  The Law Offices of Jamie Poston Hughes will take the time to find out the circumstances surrounding the charges and the relationships of the parties involved, and work to preserve your record and reputation.

Theft Crimes

 

Theft Crimes:

 

Theft offense cases, whether charged as felony or a misdemeanor, can be very difficult for the person accused.  A conviction for theft on your record can have a devastating effect on your employment opportunities as well as your personal reputation.  The severity of your case will greatly depend on the amount of goods or services that have allegedly been stolen.  Any case where the alleged amount taken is less than $500 is classified as a misdemeanor. Theft in an amount greater than $500 is classified as a felony, with higher amounts classified as more serious felonies.  Some of the most common theft crimes in Tennessee include:

 

  • Shoplifting

  • Fraudulent Use of Credit Card

  • Forgery

  • Auto Theft

  • Joyriding

  • Auto Burglary

  • Burglary of a Business

  • Burglary of a Residence

  • Tenn Care Fraud

  • Theft of Services (receiving a service without paying full value)

  • White Collar Crimes, such as embezzlement or Mortgage Fraud

 

There are many different manners of challenging a theft case, from attacking the State evidence to investigating other possible culprits. Regardless of the crime you are accused of, we can provide the support, advice and representation necessary to give you the best defense possible.

Sex Crimes

Sex Crimes:

 

It's no secret that sex crimes are considered particularly heinous offenses by the general public. For this reason, if you’re accused of a sex crime, you may find that society considers you guilty until proven innocent. Due to this stigma and the consequences your charges can have on your day-to-day life, it’s important that you obtain representation from an attorney.  The most common sex crimes in Tennessee are:

 

  • Sexual assault

  • Rape

  • Statutory rape

  • Exploitation of a minor

  • Sexual battery

  • Prostitution

  • Child pornography

 

Almost all sex crimes in Tennessee are classified as felonies, often with penalties that include mandatory prison time.  In addition, most sex crime convictions require that the offender register as a sex offender in an online database that can be accessed by the general public.  As a registered sex offender, you will be limited in where you can live and work; you will be required to consistently check in with a separate probation office and keep all of your residences and vehicles registered in the online database.  It is incredibly important to obtain an attorney that understands the sensitive nature of sex crime cases and will represent your case in a compassionate and respectful manner.  The Law Offices of Jamie Poston Hughes can defend your charges by interviewing all the persons involved in your case, meeting with expert witnesses, and securing forensic evidence beneficial to your defense.

 

Violent Crimes

Violent Crimes:

 

Violent crimes are considered the most serious of the legal matters that you will face. A conviction for a violent offense can result in a long prison sentence, a hefty fine, the loss of certain rights (such as the right to own a gun), and a permanent criminal record. Even first-time violent offenders can face serious consequences. For this reason, you must enlist an attorney who can work with prosecutors and defend you aggressively in court if necessary. Some of the types of violent crimes that you can face are:

 

  • First and Second Degree Murder

  • Voluntary Manslaughter

  • Reckless or Criminally Negligent Homicide

  • Robbery

  • Kidnapping

  • Burglary

  • Child Abuse

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Arson

 

If you have been charged with a violent crime, it is vital to obtain an attorney as soon as possible who is committed to your case.  We can provide the experience and zealous representation necessary to give you the best possible result for your case.

 

Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations:

 

A traffic violation can be as minor as failing to signal when changing lanes or as serious as reckless endangerment. By law, these infractions are considered criminal offenses because they put people in danger.

 

If you were recently cited for a traffic violation such as speeding, it’s important that you take legal action as soon as possible. While one traffic infraction may not seem like a big deal, if you’re found guilty of committing such a violation, you may face monetary fines, higher insurance premiums and in some cases, jail time. Additionally, multiple violations may result in the loss of your driver’s license.

The Law Offices of Jamie Poston Hughes represent individuals facing traffic violations and welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your charges. Even though you may think that you’re dealing with a simple infraction, the reality is that you’re being accused of breaking the law. You should therefore do everything you can to protect yourself from tough legal penalties, and the first step includes obtaining representation from an attorney. If you’re ready to become informed of your legal options following a traffic violation, call today to set up a consultation.