Knoxville Juror Coercion Defense Lawyers

Coercion or Improper Influence of a Juror

Coercion of a juror is a crime in Tennessee and typically involves the use of threats, intimidation or some other form of force or pressure that seeks to influence a juror in some particular way. The offense is classified as a Class E felony.

Improper influence of a juror occurs when a person privately communicates with a juror with the intent to influence the outcome of a proceeding. This crime is classified as a Class A misdemeanor.

If you have been charged with either of these crimes, the attorneys at Baker Associates can defend your rights under the law. With years of criminal defense experience, we can help you understand the complex legal issues that arise when charged with these crimes. Through diligent and thorough research and investigation, our skilled attorneys find weaknesses and inconsistencies in the government's case. In fact, our dynamic criminal defense lawyers have successfully handled similar cases and will do everything in their power to defend your rights and work toward the best possible outcome.

Coercion of a Witness in Tennessee

Under T.C.A. 39-16-508, coercion of a juror is a Class E felony. To be found guilty of this offense, the state must prove all the following beyond a reasonable doubt:

Under Tennessee jurisprudence, coercion means a threat, however communicated, to:

A good example of coercion in a somewhat recent case involved a defendant threatening a juror with loss of her job if she did not vote as he wished during grand jury deliberations.

Improper Influencing of a Juror

Under T.C.A. 39-16-509, improper influence of a juror is a Class A misdemeanor. To be found guilty of this offense, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person

Consequences and Penalties

Coercion of a juror is a Class E felony. If charged, you are facing between one and six years in jail. In addition, the jury may assess a fine not to exceed $3,000. Penalties may also include supervised release and/or probation.

Improper influence of a juror is a Class A misdemeanor. If charged, you are facing less than a year in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $2,500. Penalties may also include supervised release and/or probation.

Protecting the Rights of Our Clients

There are complex and difficult evidentiary and legal issues involved in trying and defending juror coercion and improper influence of juror cases in Tennessee. Consequently, you will want an experienced attorney who can competently defend you against these charges.

By engaging in fierce representation and investigation into the legal issues of your case, our lawyers will mount a strong defense against these charges. Do not put your case and quality of life at risk by making the wrong legal choices. Discuss your case with an experienced defense lawyer at our offices.

If you have been charged with juror coercion, contact a criminal defense lawyer by completing the form below.






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