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Federal & State Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Western Tennessee

Our criminal practice focuses on defending clients who are being investigated or charged with a criminal offense by municipal, state, or federal law enforcement authorities. The firm has successfully represented Doctors, Lawyers, Bankers, other Professionals and their children in all kinds of alleged offenses.  The firm has extensive experience in Murder and Homicide cases, all types of narcotic and drug cases, as well as a multitude of White Collar crimes, including Bank Fraud, Insurance Fraud, and Medicare Fraud.  The firm devotes all its resources to any case it takes on from the most serious felony to any misdemeanor.  No case is too big or too small.

Types of Crime

A felony is a more serious crime for which the punishment is generally harsher and may include severe fines, incarceration in state or federal prison, or even the death penalty. Examples of felonies include violent crimes such as robbery, assault, rape, sex crimes, and murder, as well as most white-collar crime, fraud, and larceny. Misdemeanors are generally more minor crimes such as shoplifting, disturbing the peace, drunk driving first offenses and the like. Fines, probation, community service, and jail time of less than one year are common punishments.

If you get arrested, remember your right to remain silent until you get advice from an attorney. And whether you have been accused of a felony or a misdemeanor, our distinguished and experienced team of attorneys at Hardee, Martin & Donahoe firm are here to protect your rights.

Tennessee's Effective Appellate Litigators

Appellate representation is the legal process of appealing the outcome of a criminal trial. Appellate law is a special area of practice that requires the experience, immense legal knowledge, and creativity needed to shepherd an appeal from filing to conclusion.

Hardee, Martin & Donahoe, P.A. has what it takes to discover and deal with litigation errors and omissions that contribute to court rulings that can be reversed and convictions that can be overturned.

Mark Donahoe handles a large portion of the firm's federal civil litigation. With contributions from his partners and associates, the firm collaborates on federal court cases with counsel from within and outside the state of Tennessee. Hardee, Martin & Donahoe has argued appeals in several federal courts—the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, the Tennessee Court of Civil Appeals and the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The firm frequently answers calls from other attorneys to collaborate on criminal appeals in Tennessee's courts and elsewhere.

The Appeals Process

The criminal appeals process gives convicted defendants a second chance to present their cases to higher courts. In Tennessee, the seeds for a criminal appeal are often sown during the original trial by jury. Procedural errors, the admission or exclusion of evidence, and many other grounds for appeal may not be used unless the defense attorney points them out during the trial and makes a motion for dismissal as a result. An experienced criminal lawyer therefore looks and plans ahead.

The legal system can be intimidating, especially to someone who has been convicted of a criminal offense. The appeal is the legal argument that uses details of the criminal code and legal precedents to challenge initial criminal court rulings and decisions before judges in higher courts. The higher court considers the argument and examines the lower court's application and interpretation of the law, its handling of evidence, and its conduct during the original trial.

Exercise your Right to Appeal

If you have reason to believe that your conviction was just plain wrong, remember that a successful appeal is one of the most difficult things you can ask a lawyer to do for you. The way to get it done is to secure the legal counsel of experienced professional litigators like the attorneys of Hardee, Martin & Donahoe. Their experience stems from doing appellate work consistently over the course of several years.

Take your case to trial with confidence

Hardee, Martin and Donahoe, P.A. wants to put their experience and passion to work for you. Our diverse team of proven legal professionals looks forward to taking your legal problems to the limit for just solutions.