Memphis residents know how serious it can be to accused of a violent crime such as murder. The public often view accused individuals as a threat to society and convictions can lead to long prison sentences. The mere accusation of such a crime is enough to ruin a person’s reputation forever.

A man was recently killed in a gas station shooting in Memphis and his fiancé was critically injured. The incident happened last Friday at a Citgo station located at Winchester and Lamar. There was also a baby in the car who remained uninjured. Witnesses say they saw two young men run across the street to an apartment complex after the shooting. As of Friday night there was no one in custody.

When a person is accused of a violent crime he or she can face an uphill court battle. It may seem like the entire world is against him or her, making it an emotionally challenging time. Witnesses may come forward with stories that aren’t true or are embellished and prosecutors may try to put words in a defendant’s mouth.

A defendant having the ability to tell his or her side of a story can be crucial in obtaining an acquittal. Fortunately, those who feel helpless can obtain assistance in telling their story from a criminal defense attorney. The prosecution is going to do whatever it takes to get a conviction, so it’s important for defendants to build a strong defense case. A criminal defense attorney can help craft a legal strategy by interviewing witnesses, seeking out experts, establishing an alibi and using scientific evidence to support the defendant’s case.

The Tennessee court system has no tolerance for those who commit violent acts such as murder. These convictions carry long prison sentences and can ruin an individual’s life. Therefore, it is important for defendants to have their opportunity to tell their side of the story and to fight whatever charges are brought against them.

Source: WMCTV, “Man killed in gas station shooting; woman critically injured,” Feb. 28, 2014