Category Archives: Barnes Law

Don’t Wait Until You Are Arrested to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

When the police investigate a crime, they often begin collecting evidence long before they make an arrest. In fact, they might even question people they suspect participated in the crime, hoping to elicit damaging evidence that they can use later. As any experienced criminal defense attorney knows, a case is often won or lost before …

What Are The Collateral Consequences Of A Drug Conviction?

We all know the basics. A drug conviction, whether for possession, distribution, or trafficking, can mean serious prison time. Offenders familiar with the system know a judge can also impose certain financial penalties, but do you know about the collateral consequences of a drug conviction? Are you prepared to lose your right to vote, hunt, …

The Basics Of A Self-Defense Claim In Tennessee

Most people know that they have the right to defend themselves from harm. However, the law does not allow you to justify violence by claiming self-defense in any given situation. It is important to understand the basics of self-defense under Tennessee law, both to prevent criminal charges and to defend against them. The following is a …

A First-Time Drug Conviction Can Affect Your Professional Future

If the police arrest you on suspicion of drug possession or sales, you will likely face charges for a serious drug-related offense under Tennessee law. Many people fail to take first-time drug charges seriously, as they mistakenly believe that having small amounts of drugs is “no big deal.” In reality, any drug conviction can have serious …