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Marcus Lipham is an attorney serving the greater Jackson, TN area. Areas of practice include criminal law, DUI defense, divorce, child custody, as well as estate and probate matters.
- Criminal Law
- Domestic Violence
- Personal Injury
- DUI & DWI
- Family Law
- Juvenile Law
- Traffic Tickets
Additional Practice Area
- Aggressive Criminal Defense
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- Externship-Senior Law Stufent License
- 28th Judicial District Public Defender
- State Bar of Tennessee
- National College for DUI Defense
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- - Current
- Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- - Current
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8 Questions Answered
- Q. Does the defendant need legal counsel during grand jury proceedings?
- A: Typically, the defendant is completely excluded from the grand jury process and shouldn't need an attorney until the grand jury indicts them. Here's the lawyer part... however, I have heard of technical issues where an attorney for a defendant was allowed to set in during the grand jury process. I've never verified that but was told that by a respected Tennessee attorney. But the typical process is sit back and wait on the grand jury process.
- Q. My dad gave a false report, police came with a search warrant for a person who was in our home without his knowledge
- A: What county are you in? Did your father give them permission to search the house? Sorry, but like a lot of similar situations, they require a lot of details in order to give a fair answer. The crime of “False Reports” in general is a specific intent crime, being that your father had to know he was providing false information. That can be more difficult to prove than it sounds. Personally, I would for a stronger angle of defending the case and use your father’s intent or lack there of as a supplement to the main defense in a case like this.
- Q. What is meant by the clause "with intent to go armed" in Tennessee carry law pertaining to firearms and knives?
- A: “Intent to go armed” references the mens rea or mental state the government must prove along with the act to convict someone of a crime. Technically I guess everyone with a permit has that intent, of course it’s lawful with a permit. I think you’re good as long as your Florida permit is valid. The poss. of a deadly weapon statute should not apply to you. https://www.tn.gov/safety/handgunmain/hgreciprocity.html
- Q. There was a murder for hire and my friend was at the scene of the crime. He was given 2 life sentences. His appeal
- A: If Your friend was charged with felony murder there are several situations that could potentially make him criminally responsible. You may have to share the nature of the evidence for a more accurate answer. I must caution you that not only criminal defense attorneys participate in these forums but I'm certain government prosecutors do to. Saying that you may need to "keep a lid" on the type of evidence you have in a public forum. If you'd like give me a call about 1:30 at my office 731-784-6560 and I'd be happy to go over more detailed information that you may have.
- Q. Can police officer search my glove box after I tell them specifically no you cannot? He said that with or without a
- A: Not just no but “hell no”, if the search was based on your consent. You may limit a consensual search. However if the officer developed his own probable cause and exigent circumstances then you have a problem.
- Q. Say someone gets pulled over and they find a firearm in the car and they are a felon how much time are they facing in Te
- A: If charged by the state the severity of the charge is based on the original felony (what the person was originally convicted of to become a felon). Secondly we need to know if "the feds" are picking up the case and the amount of coke and weed. There is a federal enhancement called the "trigger lock" law that can greatly increase the length of a jail sentence in cases where firearms and drugs are both involved.
- Q. How can I find lawyers in the state of Tennessee that can represent someone in New York City. I’ve tried every option
- A: Most states have a provision for an attorney licensed in another jurisdiction to take an occasional case (Pro Hac Vice) in their district.
- Q. Is it legal to carry a registered gun in the glove box of your car
- A: Yes, T. C. A. § 39-17-1307 was amended in July of 2017 to allow for the possession of a handgun in a vehicle. The usual restrictions still apply. i.e. no felon in possession, must be in lawful possession of car, etc.
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