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Criminal Lawyers Tell Your Story

Our criminal lawyers are here to serve you and work with you to pursue the outcome you need to achieve the goals and dreams you have for your life. To do that, we deliberately focus on you and your story. Knowing the case facts, relevant law, and conveying your version of events that led to you being criminally charged is critical, but “your story” is much more than your side of the story. While the facts may tell, it’s the stories that sell.

Your story is also all that you’ve already achieved, endured, overcome, and what you dream of achieving in the future. It’s what humanizes you and compels people to start seeing things from your perspective instead of the other side’s perspective. Ultimately, it’s what gets people rooting for you. Telling your story is a powerfully persuasive tactic that profoundly influences how a prosecutor, judge, or jury evaluates a case. With us, you can be certain your story will be told and heard

Boutique Criminal Defense

At Sherwood Boutique Litigation, our criminal defense attorneys treat our clients like we would treat our own family. Our “boutique” style criminal law firm is set up so that you and your case get highly individualized attention from your Nashville criminal attorney. Our goal is to protect your freedom, rights, and reputation. … read more >

Simply put: Our first priority is survival-based. The goal here is for you to continue living your life, so we start by keeping you out of jail. Second, we want to know if everyone is playing fairly. This is where we ensure your rights are not being violated, and you are not unfairly treated. The third goal is to safeguard your ability to earn an income by defending the case and keeping your reputation intact. 

No, it does not matter if you did it. You deserve a bright future, and it is our job to ensure that you get it. You can expect experienced, compassionate, and fierce representation from your criminal attorney.

When It Comes To The Law

Telling your story is so effective because we know the law cold and the exact points where a favorable interpretation can make the difference. The criminal defense strategies we use for both our adult and juvenile clients are smart and tactically aggressive. We put the full weight of our knowledge in due process, evidence analysis, and the law to work for all our clients. Our team expertly analyzes every piece of evidence, legal procedures, case law, and potential prosecution strategies to prepare the best possible defense.

At the end of the day, our clients know hiring us is an investment because we actually deliver a return on investment (ROI). Of course, staying out of prison is an ROI, but we have a higher standard. Many of our clients report a return because they kept a job they would have lost, got a job earning more money, or at least avoided wage reductions and/or arbitrary salary caps. This is because we defended their reputation.

Criminal Lawyer Services

Domestic Violence

Need an domestic assault lawyer? This page has all the info you will need for both misdemeanor and felony domestic assault.

Order of Protection

Need an order of protection lawyer? Whether you want to file or fight one, this page will help you figure out what you should do next.

Assault Charges

Need an assault lawyer? This page has all the info you will need on simple assault and links to aggravated assault.

Drug Charges

Need a drug lawyer? If you have to ask, you probably need one. Start here and get the help you need.

Your Reputation & Your Bottom Line Matter

Your reputation is everything to us, and we can tell you why. We’ve done the research, and the importance of reputation during any criminal process affects more than your standing in the community. Reputation plays a vital role in most people’s emotional well-being, feelings of self-worth, and income levels. Criminal records have a severely negative impact on a person’s reputation. … read more >

Criminal History: Criminal history mostly impacts income directly and indirectly by limiting wage or salary potential, including educational and career opportunities. All felony convictions and even misdemeanor domestic violence convictions will often affect a person’s expenses as well. A felony or domestic violence conviction on your record can impact your ability to rent, lease, or buy property. Felonies may cause interest rates to rise. According to a report from the Center for American Progress, the negative economic impacts of a criminal record often carry over to the next generation. Additionally, criminal charges frequently expose defendants to civil liability risks.

It Can Be Both Criminal and Civil: Overcoming both a criminal allegation and a civil lawsuit is a difficult and time-consuming process for anyone. Regardless of how well or poor you believe your reputation to be, it is important to have an experienced criminal attorney looking out for your future.

Information Control: The best way to manage a client’s reputation is to control the flow of information. We excel at managing the essential information choke-points in our clients’ stories: the how(s), what(s), and when(s). We are very effective at mitigating our clients’ potential risks. Very few Nashville criminal law firms have experienced litigators. Cynthia Sherwood is an experienced litigator, so please check out our civil litigation attorney page if you have already resolved your criminal charge and would like to consult an attorney about the civil repercussions.

Take-Aways: You are guaranteed absolute discretion from our team. It is vital that you be truthful with us. We always want to control as much of your story as we can. You want your name out of the media, and we work hard to keep it out. When we can’t keep your name out, we try our best to shape the narrative for you. We guide our clients through these difficult times with compassion while maintaining our primary mission to defend our client’s freedom, rights, and reputation. After your case is resolved, we make sure any charge we handled for you that can be expunged is expunged at no extra cost.

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If you want a legal team that believes experience counts, relationships matter, and reputation is everything, then call SBL at (615) 873-5670 for your Free Private Consultation.

The Best Criminal Lawyers Fight Relentlessly

Most criminal lawyers are already fighters that thrive on competition. What separates the wheat from the chaff is tenacity. A relentless spirit is our greatest strength at SBL, and tenacity will never be an issue. We will explore every avenue available. If we encounter an obstacle, we keep exploring. Some of our most creative defenses and thrilling wins come after that extra exploration. No matter what, we’ll fight for your life with the same tenacious passion we would have when fighting for our own family. 

The Best Criminal Lawyers Are Relationship Builders

You want a criminal attorney that values the art of building relationships. Why? Because your story only matters if the other side is interested in hearing it. We have worked hard to build the kinds of relationships that make a difference, and we are superb at quickly building any new relationships our clients need to succeed. Your story matters, and when we tell it, the right people listen.

The Best Criminal Lawyers Are Great Negotiators

Our Nashville criminal lawyers are excellent and creative negotiators. We know the importance of getting your story right. We have achieved many outright victories using negotiation tactics. Another equally important use of these tactics is finding a great solution for our clients that the prosecuting DA can accept. Our criminal lawyers are great at using negotiation tactics. Because we’re good, our clients typically get more options than just the choice between going to trial and accepting a standard plea deal. We always go the extra mile to give you the widest range of options to resolve serious criminal charges.

What Information Is Available From Here?

First, our attorney reviews can be viewed here or by clicking “Reviews” from the top navigation menu.

From this criminal defense section, you’ll find general information related to criminal charges. For most topics, we have more than one resource for information, so feel free to dive deeper into the specifics of the criminal charges and defense strategies. You can also check out our criminal defense attorney Nashville, TN blog. The blog contains content about criminal defense topics that affect Tennessee as a whole and the cities and counties within 50 miles of Nashville, TN.

Our search bar, located at the top of this page, is recommended if you know exactly what you are looking for. The search feature can take you to any part of the website. For topics strictly related to criminal defense, see the criminal defense menu. Additionally, we have a brief breakdown of some of the criminal charges in the below paragraphs. You may click any topic from them.

If you need a criminal attorney because you have been charged with a violent crime, start here. Looking for a domestic violence lawyer? That section covers domestic-related criminal charges and defense strategies. We have had domestic violence clients who actually spoke to us a month earlier looking for an Order of Protection lawyer. Orders of protection play a role in many domestic cases. For a non-domestic assaultive crime you probably want an assault lawyer for misdemeanor simple assault, or aggravated assault for felony assault chargesThe assault section covers the same topics but without the additional domestic-related requirements and punishments.

If you need a criminal attorney because you have drug charges, you can find all related information in the drug lawyer section. In this section, we discuss all TN drug charges (i.e., simple possession or casual exchange, possession with intent, manufacturing, and more) as well as TN drug schedules, substances, criteria for being charged with the crime, and their respective punishments.

The Defense Attorneys Of SBL | Sherwood Boutique Litigation, PLC also frequently defend minors facing criminal charges. If you or a loved one is in need of a juvenile criminal attorney, we have detailed information in our juvenile lawyer section. For college students at Vanderbilt, Belmont, TSU, MTSU, and other colleges within 50 miles of Nashville, contact SBL.
For topics related to people who have been or may be charged with a White Collar Crime, view our fraud lawyer section or our identity theft lawyer section. SBL has information pertaining to our theft lawyer services if you need a criminal attorney due to theft and/or burglary charges. To find information related to probation and parole, see our probation violation lawyer content. For information related to Gun Rights & Weapons Charges, see our gun rights lawyer section. See our DUI lawyer section for drinking and driving charges.

After your case is resolved, we make sure any charge on your record that can be expunged is expunged at no extra cost.

General information about SBL can be found here.

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…Cynthia Sherwood is my advocate, my lawyer, and my friend. She cares about me as a human being and gave her entire heart, mind, and soul to my case. When I was found innocent, I screamed and cried with such joy, thanking God that He led me to Cynthia Sherwood. She saved my life, and if you make the decision to hire her when you’re in a jam, she just might save yours too.
-Ken

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Criminal Law FAQs

Criminal Attorney vs Domestic Violence Attorney?

What’s the difference between a criminal lawyer and a domestic lawyer? Generally speaking, there is no difference between the two terms. The use of “domestic… ... read more >
What's the difference between a criminal lawyer and a domestic lawyer?

Generally speaking, there is no difference between the two terms. The use of “domestic violence lawyer” is mostly used as a term of art to discuss a criminal attorney defending charges related to domestic violence. When the term is used by criminal attorneys, it may indicate that they specialize in resolving domestic violence charges. The general term, however, is criminal attorney or criminal defense attorney. Attorney is also interchangeable with lawyer. – “The more you know.”

What Is The Punishment For 1st Offense Misdemeanor Domestic Violence In TN?

What is the punishment for the first misdemeanor domestic assault charge in Tennessee? A Class A Misdemeanor domestic assault conviction in Tennessee is punishable by… ... read more >
What is the punishment for the first misdemeanor domestic assault charge in Tennessee?

A Class A Misdemeanor domestic assault conviction in Tennessee is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail in addition to fines; however, very few people receive the maximum jail sentence. In almost all cases, an anger management class will be required. The real consequences come after you've served your time, paid your fines, and taken your class. One of those is the mandatory loss of your right to possess a firearm for the rest of your life. Read the full list of those consequences here: collateral consequences of having a domestic violence conviction on your record.

Highlighted Criminal Lawyer Services

Domestic Violence

Need an domestic assault lawyer? This page has all the info you will need for both misdemeanor and felony domestic assault.

Order of Protection

Need an order of protection lawyer? Whether you want to file or fight one, this page will help you figure out what you should do next.

Assault Charges

Need an assault lawyer? This page has all the info you will need on simple assault and links to aggravated assault.

Drug Charges

Need a drug lawyer? If you have to ask, you probably need one. Start here and get the help you need.

Criminal Law FAQs

Criminal Attorney vs Domestic Violence Attorney?

What’s the difference between a criminal lawyer and a domestic lawyer? Generally speaking, there is no difference between the two terms. The use of “domestic… ... read more >
What's the difference between a criminal lawyer and a domestic lawyer?

Generally speaking, there is no difference between the two terms. The use of “domestic violence lawyer” is mostly used as a term of art to discuss a criminal attorney defending charges related to domestic violence. When the term is used by criminal attorneys, it may indicate that they specialize in resolving domestic violence charges. The general term, however, is criminal attorney or criminal defense attorney. Attorney is also interchangeable with lawyer. – “The more you know.”

What Is The Punishment For 1st Offense Misdemeanor Domestic Violence In TN?

What is the punishment for the first misdemeanor domestic assault charge in Tennessee? A Class A Misdemeanor domestic assault conviction in Tennessee is punishable by… ... read more >
What is the punishment for the first misdemeanor domestic assault charge in Tennessee?

A Class A Misdemeanor domestic assault conviction in Tennessee is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail in addition to fines; however, very few people receive the maximum jail sentence. In almost all cases, an anger management class will be required. The real consequences come after you've served your time, paid your fines, and taken your class. One of those is the mandatory loss of your right to possess a firearm for the rest of your life. Read the full list of those consequences here: collateral consequences of having a domestic violence conviction on your record.

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…Cynthia Sherwood is my advocate, my lawyer, and my friend. She cares about me as a human being and gave her entire heart, mind, and soul to my case. When I was found innocent, I screamed and cried with such joy, thanking God that He led me to Cynthia Sherwood. She saved my life, and if you make the decision to hire her when you’re in a jam, she just might save yours too.
-Ken

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Let us know how Sherwood Boutique Litigation can help you. For the fastest response, call (615) 873-5670 during business hours. If it’s after hours or you’d like us to call you, fill out our contact form or contact us via live chat. We’re located in the heart of downtown Nashville. Check the map below for directions.

The Communities We Serve

We serve all of the Nashville Metro area communities, which includes Davidson County and all the surrounding counties. However, we sometimes take larger criminal and/or civil cases, such as bank or investor fraud, that may involve litigating multiple states. Aside from the larger case exemption, the full list of TN communities we serve are listed below.

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Wilson County
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Robertson County
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Rutherford County
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Sumner County
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Middle District of Tennessee
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Davidson County
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Dickson County
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Criminal Courthouse
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Cheatham County
General Sessions Courthouse
Criminal Courthouse
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Williamson County
General Sessions Courthouse
Criminal Courthouse
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Wilson County
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Robertson County
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Rutherford County
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Sumner County
General Sessions Courthouse
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Middle District of Tennessee
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