Attorney Amanda J. Gentry is a passionate and fearless advocate who does not hold back. Whether you are facing Class A misdemeanor charges or Class C charges, Attorney Gentry will put her all into the fight for your defense. She will create an open and comfortable office environment for you to discuss your case and desirable outcomes, and she will provide you the honest and straightforward advice you deserve. Attorney Gentry is serious about your money and your time, and she will put up a fierce, tough fight to the end.
One important thing to keep in mind when it comes to criminal charges is the statute of limitations, which is the period of time during which the prosecution must bring forward the case and usually begins from the date the crime occurs. Under Tenn. Code Ann. § 40-2-102, most misdemeanors have a 1-year statute of limitations. After the 1-year period, the court will be unlikely to hear the case.
Class A, B, C Misdemeanors
Misdemeanors can be charged as Class A (most serious misdemeanors) to Class C (least serious misdemeanors). Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500. Generally, if a certain offense does not have a specific misdemeanor level, it will be charged as a Class A misdemeanor. Some examples of Class A misdemeanors include:
Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. Examples of Class B misdemeanors are:
- aggravated criminal trespass;
- reckless driving.
Lastly, Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail and/or up to $50 in fines. Instances of Class C misdemeanors could be:
- public intoxication;
- various petty offenses.
Expunging a Misdemeanor
Certain individuals may be eligible to expunge their criminal record, which essentially erases the misdemeanor conviction from their record in the public eye. However, the following misdemeanors may NOT be expunged (see the full list here):
- domestic assault;
- violation of a protective or restraining order;
- certain drug possession and distribution crimes;
- public indecency;
- driving under the influence of an intoxicant;
- most sex offenses.
An experienced attorney can better clarify Tennessee’s expungement process and help you determine your eligibility for expungement.
Questions? Contact the Law Offices of Amanda J. Gentry.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Davidson County, contact Attorney Amanda J. Gentry for legal support in your defense. Luckily, misdemeanors carry relatively lighter penalties, and a compelling defense could potentially reduce your charges. Attorney Gentry can take a look at the facts of your situation and help you strategize your misdemeanor defense today.
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