Video FAQ: What is the difference between a Federal and a State case?

The Nashville criminal defense lawyers of Horst Law understand that you did not plan on getting arrested, nor are you intimately aware of the differences between State and Federal charges. We are here to help explain your options, help you through the process, and provide the best representation possible for your case.

Watch the video FAQ to learn more about the differences between the two types of cases.


Suspected robber busted in Nashville

Authorities in Nashville recently apprehended a suspect they believe was responsible for a series of robberies, an article of Fox 17 reported on December 8.

Information coming from police revealed 33-year-old Jonathan Rigsby was arrested on December 5 during a traffic stop after an officer noticed his vehicle had a busted brake light. After the officer ordered the driver and his two passengers to exit the vehicle, he noticed Rigsby had a driver’s license that was not his own. Rather, the license belonged to a female who was one of the three robbery victims of the previous day. The woman, whose name was withheld, had her purse snatched by an unidentified man. Additional information revealed several robberies from that day were performed by the same person. Rigsby was taken into custody after authorities returned the license to its owner.

Facing charges can be frightening, especially if you are taken into custody. However, if you are charged with a crime in Nashville, a defense attorney from Horst Law may be able to work for you. Call us today at (615) 403-2971 for your legal defense.


Teens facing charges after deadly Tennessee wildfires

Charges were recently filed against two teenagers in Sevier County, Tennessee on the suspicion that they sparked the wildfires that resulted in 14 fatalities and caused injuries to hundreds of people, an article of USA Today reported on December 7.

According to the attorney general, Jimmy Dunn, the two teenagers are scheduled for a juvenile court trial and are facing aggravated arson charges. The teenagers are being linked to the fatal fire in Gatlinburg last week that ravaged over 1,700 houses and business establishments. Reports also revealed that approximately 150 people sustained injuries from the fire. The two teens are currently being held in custody after Sevier County authorities arrested them. The arrests were made after investigations concluded that the fire sparked on the Chimney Tops trail was caused by humans.

Facing charges is frightening, especially if it is your first time and you do not know anything about your legal protections. Get in touch with the legal team at Horst Law in Nashville today by calling (615) 403-2971.


2 suspected arsonists suspected of causing wildfires in Tennessee

State authorities in Tennessee took two people into custody whom they suspect intentionally ignited wildfires in Monroe and Sequatchie counties, an article of WVLT reported on November 15.

According to reports, 27-year-old Matthew Ryan Wallace and 50-year-old Charles Edward Martin were charged accordingly for igniting a private property that resulted in a wildfire. The two suspects were arrested by the criminal unit investigators of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture on November 14. If found guilty, Wallace could serve a prison term of up to six years, along with having to pay a 3,000 dollar fine. In the efforts Tennessee is making in preventing wildfires, people are offered up to $2,500 in compensation for giving authorities tips about arson suspects.

The legal team at Horst Law in Nashville understand being charged with property crimes, such as arson, can be stressful, especially if you are threatened with imprisonment and hefty fines. If you are charged with a crime, we may be able to help you reduce or even acquit you of your charges. Call us today at (615) 403-2971 for your immediate legal defense.


2 people facing drug charges after arrest in Nashville

Charges related to illegal drugs and child endangerment were recently filed against two people in the Metro-Nashville area after law enforcement officers arrested them in their home, a report of WKRN reported on November 3.

After a search warrant was served at a house on Winn Avenue on November 2, police apprehended Jeremy Tidwell, 37, and Amanda Stransberry, 36. The two were taken into custody after illegal drugs, marijuana paraphernalia, and marijuana residue were found in their possession. Based on the drugs recovered, authorities suspected they had the intent to distribute it. Police also rescued two minors, including a 1-year-old baby. Reports revealed Tidwell had a previous conviction; it was not confirmed if the two adults were related to the two children inside the house.

In the situation you have been arrested, enlisting a skilled criminal defense attorney is important to make sure your rights as a person are protected. If you are facing a conviction in Nashville, call the Horst Law attorneys at (615) 403-2971 for your legal defense.


Nashville gang member suspected of drug dealing arrested

A member of the “Blood Gang” in Nashville was recently arrested by authorities on the suspicion he was dealing illegal drugs, an article of Fox 17 reported on October 29.

Police apprehended Gary Stewart, 27, on October 26 in the Opry Mills Mall parking lot after hearing thata heroin deal would take place in the area. Authorities identified themselves after seeing Stewart engaging in what they described as a drug deal. Stewart, who attempted to escape arresting officers on foot, was still arrested and various amounts of controlled substances and a loaded firearm were seized from his vehicle. Multiple charges related to drugs, firearms, and escaping arrest were later filed against Stewart.

The attorneys at Horst Law in Nashville strongly believe that every person’s rights should be protected when they are arrested. We may be able to offer you legal representation to make sure you are fairly treated while in custody. Call us today at (615) 403-2971 to find out how we may work for you.


Derrick Rose to focus on his career after jury acquits him in rape case

Derrick Rose, a newly signed member of the New York Knicks, said on October 19 that he would concentrate on this season after he and two of his friends were acquitted of raping a woman back in 2013, a Channel 3000 article reported.

A federal jury decided to acquit the 28-year-old player and his friends Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen after the testimony the plaintiff provided was inconsistent. The victim, only identified as a 30-year-old Jane Doe, brought the $21 million civil complaint saying her former boyfriend, Hampton, and Allen raped her in a Beverly Hills mansion after spiking her drink. The woman, who is considering appealing the verdict, said she failed to notify authorities at the time because she was concerned that her family would learn what happened to her. Rose, who previously played for the Chicago Bulls, testified that “he had consensual sex” with the plaintiff.

The attorneys at Horst Law represent people in Nashville who have been accused of rape. If this happens to you, we may be able to offer you a strong legal defense to get you out of trouble. Call us today at (615) 403-2971 to find out how we may work for you.


Firefighter facing rape charges in Nashville

Several charges were recently filed against a veteran Nashville firefighter due to allegations that he physically abused his wife, an article of News 2 reported on October 5.

Reports said charges related to domestic violence and attempted rape were filed against Burnice Gipson after he was arrested on October 3. Gipson, who was a member of the Nashville Fire Department for 15 years and currently a member of a fire station in West Meade, was accused of the crimes by his estranged spouse. Documents revealed that Gipson initially was arguing with the woman. The victim, whose name was not released, made a voice recording of the incident. Gipson stopped attacking his spouse after their two kids, 13 and 16, showed up and asked him to leave. Gipson, on the other hand, denied the charges filed against him. A $45,000 bond was set on Gipson and he is no longer allowed to get in touch with his former wife.

The criminal defense attorneys at Horst Law represent Nashville individuals who are accused of criminal activities such as domestic assault and rape. If you are in such situation, we may tirelessly work on your behalf, especially if you strongly deny such allegations. Learn more about your legal actions today by calling (615) 403-2971.


Man facing several charges including rape in Nashville

A man in the Nashville area was recently apprehended by authorities after he committed several crimes, including rape, an article of The Tennessean reported on September 28.

Reports said police arrested 26-year-old Dennis Naptali Ramos-Montes after a woman he sexually assaulted positively identified him. The woman claimed she was sexually attacked by Ramos-Montes in August at a park while working as a nanny. The victim, identified as an 18-year-old, was able to identify the photo of Ramos-Montes shown to her by Detective Chuck Fleming. Evidence against the suspect became stronger after authorities received his DNA results. The suspect, who is currently in jail, is also facing domestic violence and felony theft charges.

Facing numerous crimes, such as rape or domestic violence, is frightening because tough penalties including lengthy imprisonment and hefty fines likely await you. However, if you are in such a situation, working with a defense lawyer can help you obtain the best legal outcome for your case. Speak with a Nashville lawyer at Horst Law today by calling (615) 403-2971 to learn more about your legal options.


NFL player accused of driving while intoxicated in Florida

Florida authorities recently accused a professional football player of driving a vehicle while under the influence after a traffic incident, a report of NFL.com stated on September 23.

According to reports, Austin Seferian-Jenkins was stopped by Florida Highway Patrol personnel on September 21 after they observed him driving with excessive speed. The tight end player reportedly had an estimated speed of 75 to 80 mph before he was stopped. Seferian-Jenkins was transported to Orient Road Jail, and he was later waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. State authorities say the player was also arrested in 2013 regarding a DUI. Seferian-Jenkins did not have an interlocking device installed in his vehicle at the time of his most recent arrest, which was a requirement of his former DUI arrest.

If you are suspected of a DUI, working with a qualified attorney can make sure all your rights are protected. Find out how an attorney at Horst Law may represent you today by calling (615) 403-2971.