Knoxville Criminal Defense Attorney

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Norman D. McKellar, Esq.

The National Trial Lawyers
THE ROLE OF CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS AND THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED

Criminal defense attorneys defend individuals and/or companies who are charged with a criminal offense and may deal with matters surrounding an arrest, investigation, trial, and previous criminal history, if any. Although charges and arrests do not legally indicate guilt, it is important to obtain legal counsel as soon as possible in order to ensure that the rights of the accused are promptly safeguarded.

The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that anyone facing criminal charges will have the right to the assistance of effective counsel. Some of the reasons why it may be necessary to retain a criminal attorney are:

  • Legal defense involves complex procedures and guidelines that are difficult for those not experienced or educated in the law to navigate.
  • Sometimes mistakes are made during investigations and innocent people are accused.
  • Incorrect conclusions may lead to assumptions of evidence of guilt and the accused may not only be charged, but unfairly targeted.
  • Prosecutors might “over-estimate” crimes and mistakenly charge individuals based on erroneous facts, such as incorrectly calculating drug quantities or economic fraud loss and damage amounts.

Do you have questions about criminal defense? Call us today for a FREE consultation with an attorney. We can make sure your rights are protected. Call today!

The rights of the accused. The Constitution specifies a number of additional rights provided to defendants in criminal proceedings to ensure that legal actions are fair. A few of these rights include:

  • The Right to Remain Silent means that no one can force a defendant to speak or testify if the defendant reasonably believes that his/her testimony will contribute to his/her conviction of a crime.
  • The Right to Confront Witnesses allows witnesses to be cross-examined by the defendant or defendant’s counsel, thereby offering the defendant the opportunity to obtain potentially beneficial information or to reveal any discrepancies in the testimony (special rules apply for child sexual assault cases).
  • The Right to Have a Public Trial is a privilege that should not be minimized. It ensures the public’s access to court proceedings and may help ensure that the defendant’s rights are observed and upheld.
  • The Right to a Jury Trial applies to sentences that carry prison terms of six months or more and helps to ensure a fair trial by allowing a group of impartial of jurors to decide on the legitimacy of the charges and the outcome of the case.
  • The Right to Not Be Tried Twice for the Same Offense (commonly known as “Double Jeopardy”) protects defendants from being put on trial more than once for the same crime, unless the charge is filed under different authorities, such as state and federal courts.
  • Writ of Habeas Corpus maintains that detained individuals have the right to know why they are being held if the detention lasts more that a short period of time.
  • Search Warrants forbid the search or seizure of private property unless the proper authorities have obtained a warrant through “probable cause,” unless one of the well-defined exceptions is present.
  • No Excessive, Cruel or Unusual Fines or Punishments prevents excessive bail, fines, or “cruel and unusual” punishments to be imposed on defendants

Do you have questions about criminal defense? Call us today for a FREE consultation with an attorney. We can make sure your rights are protected. Call today!

Consult with a Criminal Defense Attorney About Your Rights. The most valuable attorney is the one who systematically knows the law and will be able to guide you in the right direction. A criminal defense attorney with the right amount of knowledge and experience will diligently concentrate on protecting your rights, the facts surrounding your case, and always act in your best interest.

If you are facing criminal charges or are currently under investigation for violation of a local, state, or federal criminal law, the decision in who will represent you is critical. You will need a skilled individual who will stand by you at trial, prepared to fight for you. Norman D. McKellar is such an attorney. He represents the accused nationwide and is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

We can assist you with the following types of cases:

Federal Crimes


State Crimes

For a free consultation, please call me today at 865-566-0125.