Free Consultation: (615) 459-3131Tap to Call This Lawyer
Christopher Coats

Christopher Coats

The Law Office of Chris Coats
  • Criminal Law, Divorce
  • Tennessee
Review This Lawyer
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&A

As a lawyer and a former judge, I have often seen how good people can get into trouble. When they do, they need a lawyer they can trust and depend on. A lawyer who will listen. A lawyer who knows the law. A lawyer who can explain their different options. I am that lawyer.

I have been a licensed attorney for 28 years of which I was a General Sessions judge for 13 years. That gave me great experience that I can use to help you in a criminal matter, such possession, assault or DUI. I have been certified by the National Judges College in criminal matters.

Additionally, I have been through a divorce. That experience taught me how to protect my clients and how to effectively fight for them. I know what they are going through emotionally. A lawyer who will answer tough questions and help you make correct decisions is invaluable.

My law degree is from the Nashville School of Law. My undergraduate degree is from Vanderbilt University. I have been certified by the National Judges College.

If you need an attorney for criminal matters, a divorce or a family matter, call me at 615-459-3131. We will set up an appointment and you can decide.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Administrative Office of the Court
First elected General Sessions Judge for the Town of Smyrna, Tennessee
National Judicial College
Placeholder image for education.
Nashville School of Law
J.D. (1989) | Law
Placeholder image for education.
Vanderbilt University
B.A. (1980) | Business Administration
Vanderbilt University Logo
Professional Associations
Tennessee Bar Association
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Tennessee State Bar  # 013748
- Current
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Certification in Criminal Trials
National Judicial College
Websites & Blogs
Chris Coats Law
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. If you never leave private property where people are not expected can you get a dui
A: It depends on what you mean by private property. Shopping malls, private schools, etc. are on private property but the police have a duty to monitor vehicular traffic. If it was a some place like a private farm, the police cannot arrest you for dui.
Q. My eleven year old stole something for school and was caught on camera, what is the age for a child to be held custody,
A: He will most likely have a juvenile court hearing. The court will work with him to learn why stealing is bad. It will then be expunged or cleaned from his record. Good luck.
View More Answers
Contact & Map
722 S Church St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Telephone: (615) 459-3131
Toggle tool

There are no recently viewed profiles.

There are no saved profiles.

There are no profiles to compare.