If you’ve been charged with a crime, even a misdemeanor, your life as you know it may hang in the balance. If you’re convicted, it will go on your permanent criminal record, which can make it difficult to obtain employment and present other challenges, such as receiving public assistance. If you’re convicted of a felony, you can lose your right to vote and to own a firearm. Depending on the nature of the crime, you could even face a lengthy prison sentence. 

With so much at stake, it's important to obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Do not attempt to answer questions from the police, let alone the prosecutors without consulting an attorney.

As you’ve heard many times on TV, “Anything you say can and will be used against you.” Let your attorney do your communicating for you—and protect your rights every step of the way. 

Brazil Clark, PLLC has spent years working with individuals in Nashville who have been charged with a crime. Whether they’re facing simple misdemeanor charges or more serious felonies, the attorneys at Brazil Clark, PLLC have extensive experience inside and outside the courtroom.

Their legal team is prepared to provide you with aggressive criminal defense services and will do everything they can to pursue the best possible outcome for your case. So don’t wait. If you’ve been charged with a crime, call or reach out to the firm today to schedule a case consultation. 

Overview of Crime in Nashville 

In Nashville, residents experience crime rates that stand out even at a national level. NeighborhoodScout's alarming statistic reveals a crime rate of 50 per one thousand residents, making Nashville home to one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.

The probability of falling victim to a violent crime in Nashville is significantly high, at 1 in 91, starkly contrasting with the Tennessee statewide probability of 1 in 161. 

With crime being prevalent, you may find yourself at the wrong place at the wrong time, suddenly facing criminal charges, whether you are guilty or innocent. Even a momentary lapse in judgment, such as driving home from the bar intoxicated, can leave you with signifcant legal hurdles to overcome.

If you're located in or around Nashville, or anywhere in Davidson County or Rutherford County, contact Attorney Frank Brazil for experienced and robust criminal defense representation. 

Criminal Defense Cases Brazil Clark, PLLC Handles

At Brazil Clark, PLLC, Attorney Frank Brazil and his team of attorneys dedicate their expertise to representing those accused of crimes across four major areas: 

DUI Defense  

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges can have lifetime repercussions. The firm specializes in DUI defense, catering to clients facing breath test refusals, felony DUI, and first-time DUI offenses. With a comprehensive understanding of Tennessee's DUI laws, Brazil Clark, PLLC aims to provide dedicated defense strategies that uphold the rights and futures of their clients. 

Drug Crimes Defense 

The consequences of drug-related offenses can be severe and far-reaching. From possession to distribution and trafficking, Brazil Clark, PLLC's criminal defense attorneys can help you create a strong drug crimes defense strategy. The law firm’s approach is client-centered, focusing on diligently dissecting the prosecution's case to protect the rights of those accused. 

Violent Crimes Defense 

Violence-related accusations, such as domestic violence defense, assault, and robbery, hold the potential to upend lives and reputations. Attorney Frank Brazil and the Brazil Clark, PLLC team exercise a depth of knowledge and a passion for justice to represent their clients to achieve the best possible outcomes. While the firm does not handle homicide or murder cases, its portfolio in defending against accusations of violence is comprehensive and impactful. 

Property Crimes Defense 

Theft and vandalism cases require a precise and informed defense strategy due to their varied nature and the specific laws that apply to them. The legal expertise at Brazil Clark, PLLC extends to defending clients accused of property crimes, ensuring a thorough investigation and aggressive representation aimed at preserving one's freedom and record. 

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The Criminal Process in Tennessee

A criminal case begins with an investigation and arrest. The steps that follow generally include: 

The Preliminary Hearing 

The preliminary hearing will be held within 10 days, but if you’re charged with a misdemeanor, you have the option of resolving the charge immediately at the General Sessions level. If you’re charged with a felony, you can request that the matter be presented to a Grand Jury composed of 13 citizens from the county where the incident occurred. 

The Arraignment 

If you are charged as a result of the hearing or by a Grand Jury ruling, you will have the charges formally presented to you at your arraignment. At this point, you can request a public defender, or if you have already hired a criminal defense attorney, the court will determine if that person is qualified to represent you. 

The Discussion Docket 

At this point, you—the defendant—will enter a plea. If you opt for a guilty plea or to make a plea agreement, you may be sentenced right then, or a sentencing hearing may be scheduled. If you plead not guilty, a trial date will be set, which must be within 90 days if you’re still in custody, or 270 days if you’re out on bail. 

The Trial 

At trial, the prosecution must prove to a jury of 12 of your peers that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This process is generally straightforward and will give you, along with your defense attorney, the opportunity to present your defense. 


If you are found guilty, a pre-sentencing investigation will be conducted by the Adult Parole Authority, after which you will be sentenced. 

The Appeals Process 

If a defendant is convicted, they have the right to appeal the conviction to the Court of Criminal Appeals and then to the Tennessee Supreme Court. You or your attorney can file a brief alleging prejudice, misconduct, or error of law in your trial. 

The Court of Criminal Appeals, consisting of 12 judges who sit on three separate panels, will consider the brief, along with a counter-brief by the prosecution, and then render a decision. The case may be referred back to a lower court with further instructions, the verdict may be overturned due to serious errors, or the proceedings and verdict may remain as they are. 

If the appeals court rejects your brief, you can appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court, but unlike the Court of Criminal Appeals, the high court is not obligated to consider your petition. 

Do I Really Need an Attorney?

After you’ve been charged and arraigned, you will be offered a public defender at no cost to you. While this sounds inviting—after all, it is free—you need to realize that public defenders, no matter how well-trained or well-intentioned, constantly face a growing caseload.  

It’s not uncommon that defendants find themselves as just one face among many when working with a public defender. These representatives typically do not have much time to devote to your case or work on developing a defense strategy. Oftentimes, the best you can hope for is a plea bargain, which is the quickest route for concluding matters so that the public defender can move on to their next case. 

In contrast, hiring your own criminal defense attorney can open up a full arsenal of defense tactics that can be used to challenge every charge you’re up against during the legal process, from the motives of the arresting officers to the substance of the prosecutor’s case and the veracity of the witnesses involved.  

With an experienced criminal defense attorney from Brazil Clark, PLLC on your side, you may be able to get your charges reduced or potentially even dropped altogether before the matter goes to court. Regardless of what happens, you will have an attorney in your corner looking out for you and protecting your legal rights every step of the way. 

Why Choose Brazil Clark, PLLC?

When it comes to criminal defense in Nashville, Tennessee, selecting the right attorney is paramount. The attorneys of Brazil Clark, PLLC stand out for several compelling reasons: 

  • Experience: With years of dedicated legal practice in Nashville and throughout Rutherford County, the firm brings a wealth of experience to the table. The team's knowledge of the local legal system and judiciary nuances provides a strategic advantage to clients. 

  • Personalized approach: Brazil Clark, PLLC is renowned for its personalized approach to each case. Understanding that every situation is unique, their attorneys ensure tailored defense strategies that align with the specific needs and goals of each client. 

  • Commitment to clients: Brazil Clark, PLLC is deeply committed to defending and advocating for the rights of the accused. Attorney Frank Brazil and his team work tirelessly to ensure that every client receives the comprehensive and compassionate representation they deserve. 

  • Knowledge of complex laws: The legal system in Tennessee, particularly regarding misdemeanors and felonies, is complex. With offenses ranging from Class C misdemeanors to Class A felonies, carrying penalties from minor fines to prolonged imprisonment, the need for an adept lawyer is clear.  

  • Community acknowledgment: Brazil Clark, PLLC is recognized for its dedication, skill, and success in criminal defense. Attorney Frank Brazil and his team are acknowledged leaders in the legal community. 

With a commitment to justice and a comprehensive approach to criminal defense, Brazil Clark, PLLC stands ready to defend, represent, and guide you through the complicated phases of the criminal justice system.

Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Nashville, Tennessee

If you’re under investigation or have been charged with a crime anywhere in or around Nashville, Tennessee, or throughout Davidson County or Rutherford County, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Brazil Clark, PLLC as soon as possible. The earlier you obtain strong representation, the better your chances are at achieving a favorable outcome for your case. Call or reach out to Brazil Clark, PLLC today to schedule your own free case evaluation.