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Criminal law: Arrest made in Aug. 2018 robbery

A months-old robbery incident led to the recent arrest of a Tennessee man. Charged with several criminal law violations, including aggravated robbery, he is currently in police custody in lieu of a $150,300 bond. Police believe that another man was also involved in the incident, although that individual has not yet been identified.

According to authorities, the victim was in a hotel room with the 23-year-old defendant and one other man back on Aug. 5. The victim told police he was speaking with the two men about some of his property that had been stolen from his vehicle when the unidentified man drew a firearm and shot him. The assault allegedly continued on into the parking lot, when the victim claims that the men stole the $4,000 in cash that he had on him at the time.

The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he received treatment and survived. He later viewed a police lineup, which included the defendant, who police had identified through surveillance video from the hotel. The victim and one witness both identified the defendant. Police then arrested the man, during which time they claim they found drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine on his person.

Alleged criminal law violations that involve illegal substances, drug paraphernalia and significant amounts of money often carry steep legal consequences. Tennessee defendants often face years if not decades behind bars, and many are slapped with fines that they may feel are impossible to repay. Early and vigorous planning is essential for avoiding or minimizing these possible outcomes, so defendants often choose to prepare their defense alongside experienced legal counsel.

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