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Q: I would like to speak to an attorney about an indictment on a change when I never stepped foot into a jail.

I have been changed with introduction of contraband When I’ve jeber stepped foot into the jail in my life. Nor have a criminal background. I was indicated by a grand jury and have a court date December 17th and need advice in what to do from here as I am out on bond (bond was set excessive at $35,000) again with no crim background.

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Initially you should have stayed in jail, and hired a competent attorney to move to reduce your Bond. That probably would have saved you some money for which you need to spend on retaining an attorney. Since the State went straight to the Gran Jury, they have prevented you from exercising significant rights such as a Preliminary Hearing with Subpoenaed Witnesses. As such you must immediately hire a competent attorney to initiate Discovery, and possibly file Motions after examining the Indictment and the listed witnesses. You do not have alot of time and must remember any and all factual situations that might have arisen as a crime. This is critical as your lawyer initially does not know what the hell is going on. I suspect a jail snitch is involved, and your personal contacts and phone is involved. You probably need to disassociate with many of your acquaintances.

Marcus Lipham agrees with this answer

Marcus Lipham
Marcus Lipham
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Jackson, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Call me tomorrow 731-240-1990, it could be they’re alleging you to have facilitated the intro in some manner. What county?

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