Experienced • Aggressive • Dedicated

Criminal Defense Representation

Superior Legal Representation
with Integrity and Empathy

In Tennessee, felonies are crimes that are punishable by one year or more in prison, whereas misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by any time in jail for less than one year.
I have been representing people accused of various crimes for approximately thirty years. I have handled felony cases ranging from murder to drug-related crimes. I have also handled misdemeanor cases ranging from DUI to public intoxication.
When you hire me, I represent you. I will go to court with you and will see your case through until it has been resolved. I have tried hundreds of criminal cases and have helped those with criminal problems. If you have a question regarding a legal matter in Tennessee and/or are seeking legal advice, contact me and let's discuss your case.

Assaults

Assaults can be felonies, crimes punishable by a year or more in prison, or misdemeanors, crimes punishable by less than a year in jail. Sentences can range from no time in jail to 30 years in prison, depending on the crime. Fines can range from no fines to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00). Once an attorney investigates the facts, he may find that you have a defense to the crime, such as self- defense or consent. Just because you have been charged with an assault does not mean that you will go to jail. If you have been charged with some form of assault, I will do everything legally possible to assist you.

Computer Crimes

The computer age has brought with it, its own set of crimes. Punishment ranges from one day in jail, up to sixty (60) years in prison, depending on which crime has been charged. Fines range from zero up to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00). Generally, the seriousness of the crime is determined by the amount of money or property taken, or the act that was committed. Depending on what you have been charged with, you may have a defense to the crime, such as acting under an honest claim of right to the property, or acting unintentionally. The possibility of using a defense should be discussed thoroughly with your attorney.
You should know that just because the offense carries jail time does not mean that you will go to jail. There are other ways to settle a case besides going to jail. I will be glad to sit down and discuss the possibilities of helping you, and I look forward to meeting with you.

Domestic Violence

Violence within the family has, unfortunately, grown at an alarming rate. This crime all too often occurs when drugs and/or alcohol is used during a time when tempers flair out of control.
Punishment for this type of crime can range anywhere from one day in jail to fifteen (15) years in prison. The fines can range from zero up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). I will help you determine which range applies to you. There are several ways an attorney can help. For example, there may be a defense to the crime, such as self-defense or consent. The client may qualify for probation and/or expungement (getting rid of your public criminal record). I will discuss the facts of your case and give you whatever options are available to you.

Drug Crimes

Drug offenses are very serious crimes. Their punishment ranges from jail time of one day to sixty (60) years in prison for the most serious drug offenses. Their fines range from zero to five-hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00). People accused of drug crimes should make no statements to anyone and should contact an attorney immediately.
An attorney can investigate whether or not the drugs can be used as evidence against the client. If they can not, then, generally, the case will be dropped or settled. He can explore the possibility of probation or expungement. He can explore the possibility of Drug Court. These matters are complicated and require the complete co-operation of the client. If you are charged with a drug offense, I would welcome an opportunity to discuss your case with you.

DUI (Driving Under Influence)

A motorist who is stopped for DUI in Tennessee has certain rights which include the right to remain silent. There are other important rights which should be discussed with an attorney. A DUI arrest can lead to the loss of your driver's license and possible jail time. Once convicted, the motorist will have a permanent record of that conviction, and it can be used against him/her in future court proceedings for up to ten years. DUI's can be successfully defended and I have done this for almost thirty years. I would welcome the opportunity to sit down, discuss you case and offer my opinion. Let me know if I can help.

Juvenile Crimes

Over the past thirty years, I have represented hundreds of young adults in the juvenile courts all over Tennessee. I have found that a child in trouble with the law is not necessarily a bad child. In fact, most of the time it's a good child getting in trouble because of his or her immaturity. The juvenile laws are designed to rehabilitate a child, if possible.
Many times juvenile cases can be resolved by giving the juvenile a second chance. For the most serious juvenile crimes, there is a proceeding where the juvenile court can transfer the case to adult court. If that happens, generally the juvenile faces the same punishment as an adult. It is important that you contact an attorney immediately if your child is facing a transfer hearing.
Juveniles accused of crimes do have a right to an attorney in court. In fact, anytime a juvenile faces jail time, he/she has a right to an attorney. For some crimes, the juvenile could face a sentence to the Department of Children's Services and could remain there until he/she turns nineteen (19). Parents of a child in trouble with the law should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. If you need such counseling, I would like an opportunity to help you.

Kidnapping

The punishment for this crime ranges from one day in jail to sixty (60) years in prison, depending on which crime has been charged. The fines range from zero up to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00).
There are defenses to certain degrees of kidnapping, and there are facts which can lessen the punishment if you are convicted of the more serious forms of the crime. Your case may be one where this type of relief is available.
A person accused of kidnapping should contact a lawyer immediately and should not make any statements to anyone regarding the facts of the offense except to his/her attorney.
If you have been charged with any form of kidnapping, I would like the opportunity to discuss your case and see what I can do to help you.

Murder

Murder is one of the most serious crimes. If severe enough, it can result in the death penalty. Homicides (unlawful killings) are subject to punishments ranging from one day in jail up to life in prison without parole or the death penalty. A very common form of homicide is vehicular homicide. This crime commonly involves an intoxicated driver who kills another person with his/her automobile. Not all homicides are punishable. Some are justifiable, as when a person acts in self-defense.
If you have been accused of any form of homicide, make no statements to anyone about your case except to your attorney. Contact a lawyer immediately and let him advise you further. I have been doing this for 30 years, and I'd welcome the opportunity to discuss your case.

Sexual Offenses

Sexual assaults are extremely serious crimes. Punishment ranges from one day in jail to sixty (60) years in prison, depending on which crime is charged. The fines range from three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00).
There are a wide range of sexual offenses, and it is important that the client contact an attorney immediately upon being charged. Do not make any statements to anyone regarding the facts of the offense. Discuss those facts only with your attorney. There are ways an attorney may be able to help you. For example, there may be a defense to the crime. There may be a way to get probation and avoid jail. There may be a way to lessen prison time at sentencing. These things need to be carefully considered by the client and his/her attorney. If you have been accused of a sexual offense and need to discuss your case with me, be assured that all matters discussed will be held in confidence.

Thefts

Unfortunately, crimes of theft are very common. Punishment ranges from no time in jail to fifteen (15) years in prison, depending on which crime has been charged. The fines range from zero to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00). Misdemeanor thefts are thefts under $500.00. Felony thefts are thefts that are $500.00 or greater. Even a misdemeanor theft on your record can devastate your life. For example, when you fill out a job application and it asks for your criminal record, it is unlikely you will get the job with a conviction for any form of theft. The same is true when filling out a college application. Many colleges will not accept you with a theft conviction. Before settling any theft charges, talk to me first. Do not limit you future because you did not know how a theft conviction, no matter how small, could hurt you in the future. I may be able to help you.

White Collar Crimes

There are a large variety of white collar crimes ranging from class C misdemeanors, which carry a jail sentence of up to 30 days, to class B felonies which carry a sentence of up to thirty (30) years in prison. The fines range from zero to twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00). As with theft convictions, a conviction for a white collar crime can affect the client adversely for life. Most white collar crimes involve some form of dishonesty and/or deceit. If you are convicted of this crime, that conviction can be used against you in future court proceedings for up to ten (10) years. It can also keep you from making a living. For example, when filling out a job application, an employer will be discouraged from hiring you if you have been convicted of a white collar crime. If you have been accused of this crime, do not make any statements to anyone except to your attorney.
There are defenses to certain of these crimes, such as a lack of criminal intent, or negligence. These are matters that a skilled attorney can explore with you. If you want to discuss your case, please let me know. I've been helping clients accused of white collar crimes for 30 years.

You can read a few of Lee Ofman's clients' Testimonials here.

PRACTICE AREAS:

CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Assaults
Computer Crimes
Domestic Violence
Drug Crimes
DUI
Juvenile Crimes
Kidnapping
Murder
Sexual Offenses
Thefts
White Collar Crimes

PERSONAL INJURY
Automobile Accident
Bodily Injury
Motorcycle Accidents
Wrongfull Death

LEGAL LINKS