Receiving a misdemeanor citation is one of the most common ways a person can be charged with a crime in Tennessee. Receiving a misdemeanor citation means that you have been charged with a crime, but the officer has written you a citation instead of placing you under arrest. You are required to report to be booked on the same day as your initial court appearance.
A common misconception is that since you were not placed under arrest but only given a citation, that these criminal charges are somehow less serious than those for which people are arrested. This is incorrect. Make no mistake, if you have been given a misdemeanor citation, you have been charged with a crime that carries serious consequences if you are convicted. As with any misdemeanor, you could face up to a year in jail, up to $2,500 in fines, probation, fees, and other penalties that could impact your life, or livelihood.
Below are some common examples of the types of crimes for which a law enforcement officer might issue a misdemeanor citation:
- Disorderly conduct
- Driving on a Revoked License
- Driving without a License
- Indecent exposure
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Patronizing Prostitution
- Public intoxication
- Simple Possession
- Underage drinking or possession of alcohol
If you have been charged with a crime by receiving a misdemeanor citation, you need an attorney who knows the law. You need an attorney who is familiar with the courtroom process. You need an attorney who will fight to get the results you deserve. An attorney who can streamline the court process after you receive a misdemeanor citation, allowing you to minimize time away from work, life, or other obligations from which attending multiple court dates would interfere. Many of our misdemeanor citation clients only have to attend the initial booking court date with one of our lawyers. In most circumstances, we can handle the rest of your case through our office, without you ever having to attend court again.
If you have been issued a citation, you are responsible for appearing on your booking date to be processed. If you fail to appear on this date, you can be arrested and face additional criminal charges. If you have missed your booking date, contact one of our attorneys immediately to help guide you through this process.
Don’t be fooled by the seemingly “casual” process of receiving a misdemeanor citation because you weren’t arrested. You have been charged with a crime. Things can easily escalate into a permanent conviction on your record if you do not treat these misdemeanor citations as a serious criminal charge. Call one of the experienced attorneys at Herbert & Lux today. We would be honored to serve your legal needs and help navigate the misdemeanor citation process for you to ensure the best results for your case.
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