Murder Defense

Dollar notes and gun, black pistol

Dollar notes and gun, black pistol

Certainly considered the most heinous of criminal acts, a charge of murder or attempted murder is clearly an extremely serious allegation that requires the advice and representation of an experienced criminal attorney.

At Ridings Law Group, P.C., our Nashville criminal defense attorneys have been instrumental in defending clients who have been arrested and charged with the capital offense such as murder, attempted murder, or other violent crimes. We work earnestly to fight for your innocence and to avoid the severe penalties that accompany a conviction in capital crimes. Tennessee recognizes seven homicide crimes: first degree murder, second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular homicide, reckless homicide and assisted suicide. Although medical abortions are legal in Tennessee, a person can still be charged with homicide for killing a viable fetus. As with any charge you face, we work tirelessly to put our experience to build a strong defense. Ridings Law Group, P.C., has successfully represented individuals charged with homicide and attempted homicide offenses in Tennessee. In such cases, the stakes are extremely high and your life could depend on it. Do not take a chance with a firm that lacks the necessary experience. Get the most aggressive and skilled legal representation from our Nashville criminal defense attorneys.

First Degree Murder

Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-13-202 defines the crime of First Degree Murder as a “premeditated and intentional killing of another.” First degree murder could also include the killing of another in the perpetration of or attempt to perpetrate any first degree murder, act of terrorism, arson, rape, robbery, burglary, theft, kidnapping, child abuse or child neglect. It includes the killing of another by unlawful throwing, placing or discharging of a bomb or any other destructive device. For the charge to be leveled against you the prosecution must prove that the act of killing was premeditated and intentional, occurred during the time another felony was being committed, and/or the result of a bomb or other destructive device. Possible sentences include death, life in prison without parole, or life with the possibility of parole. Ridings Law Group, P.C. stands ready to aggressively defend your with its years of experience from the field to the courtroom and throughout the criminal justice system.

Second Degree Murder

A conviction for Second Degree Murder could mean the penalty associated with a Class A felony resulting in a possible prison sentence of 15 to 60 years, depending upon your classified “range” of offender. Our attorneys’ at Ridings Law Group, P.C. will use their extensive experience to help you understand the legal issues surrounding your individual case and to provide you the opportunity to be involved in your defense and with decisions that will have an impact on the rest of your life.

Voluntary Manslaughter

Sometime when a person is provoked, a response of force may occur resulting in the death of another person. In Tennessee, this is a Class C felony charge of voluntary manslaughter. If convicted, you could be sentenced from 3 to 6 years in prison as a Range I offender, and more if classified as a persistent or multiple offender..

Reckless Homicide

If there exists no intent to harm another individual but the harmful effects of one’s actions can foresee a life threatening circumstance, then the resulting, unintentional death of that person is known as reckless homicide. Although this classification allows for a lower mental culpability, it is still a Class D felony with a penalty of a possible 2-4 years in prison upon conviction as a Range I offender.

Criminally Negligent Homicide

When the natural and probable actions of an individual result in the death of another, the state of Tennessee considers this to be criminally negligent homicide. This murder charge replaced the original charge of involuntary manslaughter and is considered a Class E felony. While this is the lowest class of Felony, it is still imperative to get an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you with this serious charge.

Vehicular Homicide

If the death of an individual occurs as the direct result of an automobile, airplane, motorboat, or other motorized vehicle accident, the charge is considered vehicular homicide. Certain provisions must also be met including risky behavior, driver intoxication, drag racing, or driver conduct disregarding posted construction area warnings and such that threatens the health and welfare of another. Vehicular homicide is a Class D felony with sentences of up to 12 years in prison and a fine of up to $5000, depending upon the classification of the offender.


The crime of unlawfully seizing and carrying away a person by force, or seizing and detaining a person against his or her will with intent to carry that person away at a later time is considered kidnapping and is also a capital offense. A person who is convicted of kidnapping is usually sentenced to prison for a certain number of years. In Tennessee, and at the federal level, the term of imprisonment may be the remainder of the offender’s natural life. Not a case you would want to entrust to a lawyer lacking the experience necessary to properly investigate and take the case to trial.

Contact Our Experienced Nashville Criminal Attorneys

If you or a loved one is facing attempted murder or murder charges, contact Ridings Law Group, P.C. Attorney David Ridings uses his criminal defense experience as well as his decade long experience as a Nashville police officer to best work in your defense. The Criminal Attorneys at Ridings Law Group, P.C. have the skills, knowledge, and dedication to fight for your innocence and help you avoid the dire ramifications of a murder conviction. Contact Ridings Law Group, P.C. for a thorough consultation of your case.

JailCellYou have rights, and you are, by law, innocent even though charged, and therefore deserve aggressive representation from an attorney that knows the system. Attorney David Ridings has almost 25 years of criminal justice experience from the streets to the courtroom and beyond. His years on the Police Force, to the District Attorney’s Office, to the Criminal Defense table, have set Attorney David Ridings apart from most attorneys. He has the credentials you are looking for in someone who can vigorously defend your rights. Get the representation you deserve from an attorney who knows the system and will use that edge to forge a solid defense. It’s experience you can’t get from a book.

Call 651-851-1888 today to speak with our Criminal Attorneys!