Being accused of a crime can be overwhelming for anyone. For Memphis residents who face allegations of serious crimes, a criminal record can follow them for the rest of their lives.

A Memphis man has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson after allegedly setting the mother of his 8 year old son’s carpet on fire. Before lighting the carpet on fire he allegedly got into a fight with the woman, during which, police say, he hit her in the face with a hammer. The woman ran to her neighbor’s house with her son and locked the door. The man allegedly hit the neighbor’s door with the hammer, breaking the glass. The woman was taken to the MED because of her injuries. When police went to her home to gather some of her belongings they found the man still there. He blocked himself inside the house. Police allege he then set fire to the house and was caught trying to run away. He was also taken to the MED to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Memphis residents who are accused of a serious crime have many obstacles in their legal path. Defendants may find that the whole world is against them and they don’t even know the circumstances of their case. Many times, the public believes those who are accused of crimes to be guilty even before a trial begins. Because the criminal justice system can be confusing, it may be important for defendants to consult with a legal professional skilled in criminal law. These attorneys can help a defendant tell his side of the story and protect his legal rights.

Memphis residents who are facing allegations of a serious crime have one chance to tell their story in court. It is important to make sure that they are well prepared for the opportunity in order to avoid serious penalties and jail time.

Source: WMCTV, “Police: Man tried to kill woman, set house on fire,” Jan. 19, 2014