Nashville, Tennessee, and Crime

» Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

Although you might not think it, Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the most crime-ridden cities in the United States. The general crime rate is 80% higher than the national average, and the city is no stranger to violent crime, either. The national average for violent crime in 2017 was 382.9 crimes per 100,000 people. In the same year, Nashville’s violent crime rate was 624.9 per 100,000 people, according to US News and World Report.

So, what does this mean? Is Nashville a bad place to live? I guess that is up for individual interpretation, but many people live and work happily in Tennessee’s capital city, despite the high crime rate.

Naturally, a high crime rate means that there are a lot of people in Nashville who are convicted of crimes every year. A lot of these people are guilty, but some may not be. Additionally, getting mixed up on “the wrong side” of the law is easy in a place where there is so much opportunity for it. Anyone can sit and judge someone else for their actions, but it’s a lot more beneficial to try to understand what really happened and the motivation behind it.

Criminal Defense Lawyers

Hate them or not, criminal defense lawyers are a necessary component of the justice system. People who are being charged with a crime are entitled to a fair trial, and a fair trial requires the services of a qualified and experienced lawyer. Everyone accused of committing a crime deserves legal representation. If the accused cannot hire a lawyer, they have the right to a public defender. Criminal defense lawyers handle all sorts of cases, but like any other lawyer, the exact types of cases they’re willing to take on depend on the firm. For example, the types of cases Horst Law in Nashville is prepared to deal with include:

  • Sex Offenses
    • Sexual Battery
    • Indecent Exposure
    • Spousal Rape
  • Domestic Violence
    • Domestic Assault
    • Aggravated Domestic Assault
    • Child Abuse
  • White Collar Crimes
    • Embezzlement
    • Securities Fraud
  • State and Federal Drug Crimes
    • Possession
    • Sale of a Controlled Substance
    • Drug Conspiracy

Many people facing criminal charges, especially if it’s their first time, are nervous and unsure. While you may take a look at that list and think the court should lock them up and throw away the key, but it’s important to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. The ultimate goal of a trial is to find out the truth and then administer the correct punishment for the crime.

It’s also helpful to remember that in some cases, such as drug possession cases, the punishment mandated by law can be extremely harsh. Every case is different, which means that it’s not always fair to give everyone the same sentence. A criminal defense attorney’s job is to help their client, who may be facing unnecessarily harsh sentencing, get off a little easier.

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