What is a Criminal Citation in Tennessee?
When law enforcement decides to charge someone with a misdemeanor non-violent criminal offense in Tennessee they will often elect to write a citation instead of making an arrest. Commonly cited offenses include simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and shoplifting.
Does receiving a citation mean I am in less trouble?
A citation indicates the offense is a misdemeanor, it was a non-violent offense and that more than likely you were cooperative and respectful during the process. It does not change the classification of the offense and is still punishable by jail time. Simple Possession and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, for example, are both Class “A” Misdemeanors punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, fines and court costs.
Do I need a lawyer for a criminal citation in Tennessee?
Any time there is the possibility for jail time as a punishment and a permanent conviction which would reflect on a person’s background, you should hire an attorney. Hiring an attorney will ensure you understand the decisions you are making and that generally the right and best result will be achieved in an efficient manner.
How do I know whether a citation is for a criminal offense?
If you are required to appear in court then more than likely the citation is for a criminal offense.
Not sure what to do?
Call our Tennessee criminal defense lawyers today to discuss your situation with our attorneys.