Criminal Defense

CriminalThe attorneys at Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC, provide a zealous defense to individuals accused of all types of misdemeanor and felony offenses, in both state and federal court. We possess many years of experience and are committed to providing each of our clients with the most effective defense. Our attorneys regularly appear in Federal and State Criminal Courts throughout Middle Tennessee and have developed positive relationships with judges and prosecutors. We measure much of our success by the publicity our clients have not received.


Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor charges, whether prosecuted by criminal warrant or state citation, can have serious consequences, including permanent criminal record, loss of employment, probation and jail time. It is important to retain an experienced attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. Our attorneys have years of experience in successfully defending misdemeanor cases and will work with you to secure the best possible outcome.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Criminal prosecutions for driving under the influence (DUI), and other driving-related offenses, have particularly serious consequences. A DUI conviction in Tennessee will lead to mandatory imprisonment, loss of driving privileges, substantial fines and other consequences. Our attorneys have defended individuals in countless DUI prosecutions. We will fight to ensure that your rights are protected and to achieve a favorable result in your case.


Felony prosecutions have extremely serious consequences. A conviction will often lead to years of imprisonment and supervision, loss of important citizenship rights and a permanent felony record. Our partners have successfully defended clients charged with the most serious felony offenses, earning acquittals for clients charged with offenses ranging from homicide to fraud. A citizen facing felony prosecution needs an experienced trial attorney to fight for his or her rights at all stages of the prosecution, from initial proceedings through trial.

Federal Court

Federal prosecutions are complex and demanding, often leading to particularly harsh consequences. Successful defense of a federal case requires a thorough understanding of federal procedures, investigations and sentencing laws. If the federal government is prosecuting you or your business, it is essential that you retain an attorney with extensive experience in federal court who understands the process and has a proven track record of success. Our attorneys have decades of experience with federal prosecutors and courts; we will use that experience to assist you in your case.

Criminal Investigations and Targets

If you or your business have become the target or subject of an investigation by a government agency, you need an attorney to advise you of your rights and to ensure that you are protected. Prosecutors may investigate an individual or business for years before bringing formal charges, and may seek to compel statements and subpoena records without advising the citizen or business of their rights. Such investigations can be devastating, leading to eventual convictions and destruction of reputations. If you or your business are being investigated by a government agency, you should consult with an experienced attorney to ensure that your rights are not being violated and to strive to avoid charges being filed against you. Our attorneys have decades of experience effectively representing clients being investigated by the Government and have often succeeded in preventing or minimizing any subsequent prosecution.