Serving Clients Throughout Middle Tennessee
Criminal Defense Fighting to Protect Your Freedom

130 4th Ave. S
Franklin, TN 37064
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Franklin Criminal Defense Attorneys

Serving Clients throughout Nashville and Middle Tennessee

If you or a loved one have been arrested for a felony or misdemeanor crime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers to find out how we can defend your rights and fight for your future.

At Puryear, Newman & Morton, PLLC, we provide a wide range of legal services for clients who are under investigation by governmental entities or who have been charged with felonies or misdemeanors. Our attorneys have successfully defended clients charged with the following types of misdemeanor and felony crimes:

  • DUI - Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to stiff penalties. Whether it is your first DUI or you have already had multiple offenses, we can help.
  • Domestic Violence/Assault - Charges involving assault or domestic violence can have serious consequences on your personal and professional life. From We can help you build an effective defense to minimize the negative effects on you.
  • Drug Charges - We have experience defending all types of drug charges, from possession and manufacture, to sale and distribution.
  • Juvenile Crimes - We understand that children can get caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time. We push for non-incarceration options to help keep your child out of jail.
  • Probation Violations - If you are charged with violating probation, you could be at risk of going back to jail. We can help you minimize the charges and fight to defend your freedom.

No matter what crime you have been charged with, it’s crucial you start building your legal strategy as soon as possible so that you are ready to navigate the legal system and pursue the justice you deserve. Whether you are a repeat offender or it’s your first time dealing with a criminal matter, you can count on our skilled criminal defense attorneys to vigorously advocate for your rights.

To speak to an attorney at our firm about your criminal defense case, please call us today at (615) 933-2366 to request a consultation.

Experience On Your Side 

Our attorneys have successfully defended clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies, including drug offenses, DUI/DWI, domestic violence, assault, rape, vehicular homicide, attempted murder and murder. Our attorneys also defend underage clients charged with crimes.

Comprehensive Misdemeanor Defense Representation

Misdemeanor charges are reserved for non-violent crimes like possession of small amounts of drugs, public intoxication, and prostitution. While the penalties for misdemeanor crimes aren’t as severe as they are for felony crimes, you can still face time in jail, expensive fines, and damage to your reputation. A conviction for a misdemeanor crime will stay on your record and could impact your ability to obtain future employment, which is why you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your options for fighting the charges against you.

Aggressive Defense for Felony Charges

Felony crimes are serious and can have a significant impact on your future, even after you serve your entire sentence of incarceration. Here is how the State of Tennessee classifies felony crimes:

  • Class A: The most serious class of felony which which you can be charged. A Class A felony can result in a life sentence, fine of up to $50,000, or the death penalty.
  • Class B: Carries a maximum prison sentence of forty years. Fines for Class B felonies can’t exceed $25,000.
  • Class C: Crimes like theft of more than $10,000 but less than $60,000 in property can be charged as a Class C felony. In addition to the possibility of fifteen years in prison, you can also be ordered to pay a $10,000 fine if you are convicted of a Class C felony.
  • Class D: Possession of marijuana and other controlled substances can warrant a Class D felony charge. This type of felony can result in a maximum of twelve years in prison. Fines cannot exceed $5,000 for a Class D felony.
  • Class E: This is the least severe felony class you can be charged with. Class E felony charges can result in a maximum of six years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.

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  • To say I was impressed would be an understatement. If you need the best legal counsel and sound advice, and sometimes it’s advice you don’t want to hear but need to, then Phil Newman and the Puryear, Newman & Morton team deliver.

    “What I needed was a legal counsel to work with me through the divorce process, provide critical guidance, sound legal advice, and have a proven track record of expertise and results. Phil Newman ...”

    - Carl H.
  • I can’t say enough about this firm.  I am treated like family and have the utmost confidence in all of the attorneys and staff there.

    “I’ve been a client of Phil Newman since 2003; he calls me a repeat offender because I’ve used him and his office several times over the past 14 years. When I experienced divorce for the first time, I ...”

    - Brenda L.
  • With his expertise and the help of the Puryear, Newman & Morton firm, they did exactly that and I am extremely grateful to him and his firm.

    “Phil Newman was recommended to me by a colleague at work. Phil was the attorney representing my colleague’s former spouse – if this is not the highest recommendation a lawyer can receive, I don’t know ...”

    - Keith S.
  • Phil was my rock and my protector. I felt strong because I had Phil and Julie in my corner.

    “Phil was highly recommended to me by a long-time friend who had recently gone through a divorce and was in a very similar situation to mine. I have two young boys and was the breadwinner in my ...”

    - Tracy P.
  • Organized and diligent, Alisha was always one step ahead of those involved and made one of the most difficult times of my life a bit easier to stomach.

    “At our first meeting, I was impressed with Alisha Warner’s communication skills and professional demeanor. As we moved along, I found Alisha to be reliable, dedicated, supportive, patient, and ...”

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Puryear, Newman & Morton, PLLC

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  • Mark L. Puryear III Photo
    Mark L. Puryear III

    Founding Member

    I am a Franklin native and began my career as a prosecutor in Williamson County, Tennessee. During my time as an Assistant District Attorney, I had many jury trials involving all types of charges from DUI to Murder. My work as an Assistant District Attorney for the 21st Judicial District prepared me well to defend clients in Tennessee’s criminal courts. With over 28 years of legal experience, my private practice is focused entirely on criminal law, representing people charged with DUI, domestic ...
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  • Experience

    Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience.

  • Dedicated

    Our attorneys are dedicated to serving the needs of it's clients in a professional, ethical, and caring manner.

  • Diverse

    We are a full-service law firm with skilled attorneys who have years of experience handling specific areas of law.

  • Rooted In the Community

    Our firm has been serving the people of Franklin for over 20 years and have an excellent reputation within the community.

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