Nashville Criminal Attorneys Explain: Entrapment in Tennessee

Entrapment is now a valid defense in Tennessee, based on the premise that “public policy demands a purity of government and its processes which does not exist when law enforcement, in effect, manufactures the crime and the criminal as opposed to preventing the crime and apprehending the criminal.” (See State v. Jones, 598 S.W.2d at 216; State v. Shropshire, 874 S.W.2d at 638.) The defense of entrapment did not exist in Tennessee until the 1980 Tennessee Supreme Court Decision in State v. Jones.  In 1989 the Legislature set out the defense of Entrapment in Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-11-505 as … [Read more...]

Felony Criminal Sentence Ranges in Tennessee

TENNESSEE RANGE I SENTENCES Class A Felony: 15 – 25 years Class B Felony: 8 – 12 years Class C Felony: 3 – 6 years Class D Felony: 2 – 4 years Class E Felony:  1 – 2 years TENNESSEE RANGE II SENTENCES Class A Felony: 25 – 40 years Class B Felony: 12 – 20 years Class C Felony: 6 – 10 years Class D Felony: 4 – 8 years Class E Felony:  2 – 4 years TENNESSEE RANGE III SENTENCES Class A Felony: 40 – 60 years Class B Felony: 20 – 30 years Class C Felony: 10 – 15 years Class D Felony: 8 – 12 years Class E Felony:  4 – 6 years … [Read more...]

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