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Nashville Criminal Lawyer
Tushar A. Parbhu is a dedicated criminal and DUI defense attorney who truly enjoys helping people navigate the complex and frightening justice system. Since becoming licensed I have dedicated my practice solely to help defend those charged with a crime. If you or a loved one is involved in a criminal matter, please feel free to reach out and be assured that you will not be judged. My number one goal is to have your case dismissed.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a charge that can result in serious penalties such as jail time and the loss of a license. Other penalties can include fines, restitution, court costs, public service work, alcohol, and drug assessments and treatment, and interlock ignition devices. For example, for a first offense conviction, you may face up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, a fine, and a one-year license suspension. The penalties get harsher for subsequent convictions.
A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.8% or higher is sufficient for the state to convict a person with DUI unless there is a defense. For example, a defense can be that the breathalyzer or chemical test should be challenged since certain protocols were not followed. More importantly, a DUI lawyer will look at why you were stopped. If there was no reasonable suspicion some evidence can be thrown out leading to a dismissal.
It's a common misconception that your blood alcohol level must be over .08 to be charged with driving under the influence. The reality is any amount of alcohol, drug, or prescription that impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle is enough to be arrested. Furthermore, if your blood alcohol level is .08 you are presumed to be under the influence by statute. However, an experienced Nashville criminal attorney may be able to help rebut that presumption. That is why it is crucial to hire an attorney to come up with a defense for your case.Drug Charge
A drug charge in Tennessee can have a significant impact on you or a loved one. The state takes drug crimes seriously and a conviction could affect future job opportunities and tarnish one's reputation.
The most common types of drug charges in Tennessee include possession, possession with the intent to distribute, sale of a controlled substance, trafficking, and manufacturing. The different levels are determined by the amount of the substance and other factors. If you were caught with a small amount of a controlled substance, usually less than a few grams, you were likely charged with simple possession which is a Class A misdemeanor that permits punishment of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.
If the amount of controlled substance found is more than a few grams an officer may have suspected you intended to resell it and may have charged you with possession with intent to sell. Indicators that officers look for when charging a defendant with this type of crime are the amount of cash on hand during the stop, scales, baggies, and other types of items. This type of crime is considered a felony in Tennessee and one can be punished with the incarceration of over one year. Fortunately, the state has a high burden requiring them to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you intended to distribute the drugs. A drug charge can harm your future for years to come. A drug defense attorney will focus their time on analyzing whether there were any illegal searches or seizures.
Another common charge relating to drugs in possession of drug paraphernalia. A conviction of this charge can carry 11 months and 29 days in jail. Possessing something as simple as a scale, baggies, needles, or even a spoon could be enough to be found guilty for this crime. The state will look at many factors to determine whether the item in question is indeed paraphernalia. This could include statements made by anyone in control of the object in question. The state may even go as far as looking at the defendant's record to see if they have any prior convictions for controlled substances. The state may even retain an expert witness to testify on how the object is related to drug use.Domestic Violence
Violence between the family, people that have lived together or dated, is considered domestic violence in the state of Tennessee. These accusations are prosecuted severely in the state and can be initiated without the request of the victim. They can even be charged as a felony depending on the unique circumstances of the case. Crimes related to domestic violence include stalking and harassment.
A conviction of domestic assault can have life-changing consequences one of which is losing the right to possess a firearm for life. Interestingly enough you do not even have to touch or hit someone to be charged with this crime. Simply putting someone in imminent fear is enough to justify a conviction. It's important to note that once charges are filed even if the alleged victim wants to drop the charges, it is up to the state on whether they want to prosecute the case.Sex Crime
A conviction of a sex crime can have a devastating impact on a defendant's life. Some of the most common types of sex crimes are prostitution, solicitation, sexual battery, sexual assault, and rape. Many of these crimes can lead to many years in incarceration, hefty fines, and being required to be registered on the sex offender registry.Contact Us
Nashville criminal lawyer Tushar A. Parbhu is dedicated to advocating for his clients regardless of the crime they are accused of. He is a firm believer in the constitution and believes the state should be required to prove someone has committed a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. He can assist those who are facing charges in Nashville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and other surrounding areas. Contact TAP Law by submitting an online inquiry or simply calling 615-852-8810 to schedule a free non-judgmental appointment.