In 1994, Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez were arrested on charges of sexually assaulting two minors. The minors were Ramirez's nieces, then 7 and 9, who had been spending the week with their aunt. They claimed their aunt and her three friends had sexually assaulted twice them during an alcohol- and drug-fueled rampage.
Sometimes it is hard to explain the reactions some people have to emergency personnel. Some are happy and grateful for the assistance, and others react with fear. One man in Tennessee is accused of assaulting police and firefighters as they tried to help him. The man is now facing drunk driving and other serious criminal charges as a result of his actions.
In Tennessee, offenses are graded in order of the severity of the crime. After capital crimes, Class A felonies carry the heaviest consequences. A person convicted of a Class A felony may face decades in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Three people were recently arrested after a shooting and charged with felonies that could potentially cost them many years behind bars.
Many people in Tennessee and across the country sadly find out that a criminal record can have enduring adverse consequences long after a charge was dismissed or a post-conviction sentence served. Sometimes those negative effects can last for a lifetime.
When someone is arrested and charged with a crime, the first thing they want to do is get out of jail while they await trial. This allows the individual to continue to work, be with family and live freely until the court date.
When we note on our website at the Law Offices of Thomas T. Overton in Nashville that our founding attorney has "represented hundreds of clients over 28 years as a criminal defense lawyer," we believe that says something fundamental about caring for people in need.