Collierville, Tennessee is a suburb of Memphis located in Shelby County. Because it is outside the Memphis city limits, it has an independent municipal government that includes its own judicial system. If you are charged with a crime in Collierville, your case will be heard in Municipal Court located at 101 Walnut Street.
Collierville Municipal Court is a general session court, which means that it does not have jurisdiction to resolve felony cases. Felonies must be transferred to Shelby County Criminal Court in Memphis for grand jury review. However, if your case is a misdemeanor or if it is a felony that can be reduced to a misdemeanor, it can be resolved in Collierville.
Some types of misdemeanors handled in Collierville include shoplifting, minor in possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, simple drug possession, simple assault, domestic assault, and driving under the influence of alcohol. If you are charged with one of these crimes, you should do everything you can to avoid a conviction and prevent the charge from remaining on your record permanently. A Collierville criminal defense attorney can help with this.
How the case is resolved will depend on the particular facts of that case. The theft charges in Collierville, for example, carry a sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days. If the defendant qualifies, they can be placed on judicial diversion during that time period and then dismissed and the entire case file erased at the end. Alternatively, the case can be resolved through a shorter process in which the defendant pays a refund to the store instead of prosecution. Your attorney can coordinate with the store and the prosecutor’s office on how to do this.
Collierville domestic assault cases can sometimes be resolved without a trial or a guilty plea. If the prosecutor’s office agrees, the victim can sign an affidavit stating that they do not want to press charges. The affidavit can be filed in court and the defendant would pay court costs, then the case can be dismissed. Your attorney can draft the affidavit, obtain the victim’s signature, and ensure that the case is removed from your record.
Collierville DUI cases are more difficult. If the state believes it has enough evidence for a conviction, it will not dismiss the charge. When questioning a DUI case, some of the things to consider are whether the police had reasonable suspicions to indicate the arrest, how the driver performed on standardized field sobriety tests, and whether they underwent a content test blood alcohol and, if so, what was the result? There can be many other factors. A Collierville DUI attorney can advise you further after reviewing your case.