Nashville Personal Injury
and Criminal Defense Lawyers

FEARLESS ADVOCACY. PROVEN RESULTS.

Dave was extremely professional but more importantly I was treated as a person not a case. He always returned calls and emails in a very timely manner. I would definitely recommend Dave to help with legal needs! -Jennifer S.

As someone who never had a lawyer, David made everything as simple as possible. He is very easy to communicate with and provides all the answers and support you will ever need. If I ever need a lawyer again, David will be my first choice to contact. -Andrew

I was falsely accused of something and had an order filed against me. Ben represented me during court and successfully had the order dismissed. He also went above and beyond to make sure it would not show up on my record. -Brittany

I was treated as a person not a case.
– Jennifer

Ben went above and beyond.
– Brittany

David made everything simple.
– Andrew

about

Raybin & Weissman, P.C.
  • Injured?
  • In Trouble?

The Nashville criminal defense and personal injury lawyers at Raybin & Weissman, P.C. have been helping clients resolve their legal issues since 1976. We have combined trial experience of more than 100 years. We have a passion for the law, and we work tirelessly to protect quality of life for you and your loved ones.

With our firm, you can expect personalized attention and care. To us, you aren’t just another client; you’re someone who matters. We’ll work tirelessly to help you resolve your Social Security Disability, personal injury, or criminal defense troubles so you can move forward with your life without the burdens of unanswered questions and being unsure of the status of your case and your future.

Our attorneys have a reputation for taking on even the most complicated cases. That’s because we know how to win. When you need exceptional legal representation, give us a call at 615-256-6666.

MEET THE
ATTORNEYS

David Weissman

David has devoted his practice to fighting for the rights of the injured, representing individuals in personal injury and Social Security Disability. He has tried more than 100 cases to verdict. Thanks to his legal prowess, work ethic, and passion for his clients, he has established a track record of success.

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David Raybin

With more than forty years of experience, David Raybin heads the criminal defense section of our firm, which includes criminal trials, parole hearings, and civil rights litigation. Best Lawyers in America named David the Best Criminal Lawyer in Nashville in criminal general practice and white collar defense.

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Ben Raybin

Ben began his legal career with Raybin & Weissman in 2010. Since then, he has defended countless clients against misdemeanor and felony charges and has worked on several cases involving personal injury and civil rights issues.

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David Weissman

David has devoted his practice to fighting for the rights of the injured, representing individuals in personal injury and Social Security Disability. He has tried more than 100 cases to verdict. Thanks to his legal prowess, work ethic, and passion for his clients, he has established a track record of success.

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David Raybin

With more than forty years of experience, David Raybin heads the criminal defense section of our firm, which includes criminal trials, parole hearings, and civil rights litigation. Best Lawyers in America named David the Best Criminal Lawyer in Nashville in criminal general practice and white collar defense.

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Ben Raybin

Ben began his legal career with Raybin & Weissman in 2010. Since then, he has defended countless clients against misdemeanor and felony charges and has worked on several cases involving personal injury and civil rights issues.

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PERSONAL INJURY

practice areas

Fighting for the Injured

One of the main reasons to file a Nashville personal injury claim is to recover the compensation you’re entitled to from the at-fault party. But you may not have any idea how much compensation you actually deserve. After all, how can you know what a surgery to fix a spinal injury will cost you before it has happened? How can you calculate your damages while you’re in the hospital?

Your personal injury and accident lawyer will work with you to review each way your injuries have negatively impacted your life so you can obtain full compensation for your losses. As you already know, full compensation is likely the only route to a full recovery and a normal life.

Your damages will be classified as economic or non-economic. Economic losses are the ones that have impacted you financially. These might include property damage, lost wages, medical expenses, and damage to your ability to financially support yourself.

Non-economic damages are often more of a challenge to quantify because these losses have influenced your lifestyle and mental state. For instance, how much would you consider your pain and suffering to be worth? Other non-economic damages could include loss of enjoyment of life, mental distress, loss of consortium, and scarring or disfigurement.

Your personal injury lawyer in Nashville will have the experience necessary to ensure that every single loss you’ve suffered is accounted for. That way, you can recover maximum compensation for all you’ve been through and regain control of your life.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Practice Areas

Defending the Accused

The consequences for even being accused of a crime are high. Not only is it embarrassing to be arrested, but your relationship with your close friends and family members could be damaged as a result of a mere accusation.

No matter what type of crime you’re charged with, the penalties for a conviction are likely to be severe. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common crimes and the penalties associated with them.

Repeat DUI offenders could face a year in jail, pay fines of up to $15,000, and have their license suspended for as long as eight years. If you were charged with possession of marijuana, your punishments will depend on the amount of the drug in your possession. You could face jail time, fines, and a drug rehabilitation program.

Sex crimes like rape, statutory rape, sexual battery, and others usually result in felony charges. You could face anything from a Class E felony to a Class A felony, meaning one to sixty years in prison and between $3,000 and $50,000 in fines.

The most serious crime you can be charged with in Tennessee is first-degree murder. If convicted, you could face life in prison or even the death penalty.

The ramifications of a conviction in any of these crimes are severe and will change the course of your life if you don’t take action and get help from an experienced and qualified criminal defense lawyer in Nashville.

Avvo 10.0/10.0

All attorneys at Raybin & Weissman, P.C. have received an Avvo rating of 10/10 for professionalism, high ethical standards, years of experience, and a successful track record.

BBB Accredited

We take our commitment to our clients seriously, and we think our A+ from the Better Business Bureau demonstrates that we’re honest, trustworthy, responsive, and transparent.

The Best Lawyers in America

Raybin & Weissman, P.C. has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America list in the personal injury plaintiffs litigation, general criminal defense, and white collar criminal defense categories.

Best Lawyers Best Law Firms

In 2018, our firm was ranked in Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms list. We couldn’t be more proud of this high honor.

Super Lawyers

Attorneys at Raybin Weissman, P.C. have been selected for inclusion as Super Lawyers & Rising Stars for their work in personal injury, Social Security Disability, civil rights, and criminal defense.

American Association for Justice

As part of our membership with the AAJ, we are dedicated to protecting the integrity of the civil justice system, ensuring accountability, and improving our community.

HOW OUR FIRM

Can Help You.

Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries

No matter your legal issue, having a highly trained attorney on your side can only be to your benefit. Whether you’re seeking compensation in a personal injury claim or doing everything in your power to avoid being convicted of a crime you’ve been charged with, an attorney will be able to see clearly the issue at hand and fight for a successful outcome for you.

Liability

Whether you’ve had an auto accident or have been bitten by a dog, when you’re pursuing your civil lawsuit, the claim you file will be against the person or people responsible for causing your accident, injuries, and resulting damages. This individual or entity can vary, depending on the type of accident you were involved in. Your Nashville injury lawyer will help you determine and prove who is at fault for your accident, injuries, and damages.

Statute of Limitations

Every state requires that personal injury claims be filed before the statute of limitations expires. In Tennessee, you’ll generally have one year to file your case. If you are unable to do so in time, you risk being barred from pursuing the compensation you’re entitled to. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however, and your injury attorney can help you make sure everything is filed correctly and with time to spare.

Negligence

Tennessee follows modified comparative negligence in personal injury cases. Put simply, that means multiple parties can be found negligent and therefore liable for an injury—including the injury victim. If, for example, you were rear-ended by a distracted driver, but you had a broken tail light, you could be found 10 percent responsible for what happened. Your compensation would be reduced by that percentage. Our firm can help you show that you were not to blame.

A Legal Ally in a Dark Time

Defending Your Rights and Freedom When You’re Accused of a Crime in Nashville

Our Nashville criminal lawyers are here to help you in your time of need. We can handle cases involving almost any criminal charge. Some common types of criminal cases we handle are discussed below:

  • DUI To beat your Nashville DUI charge, your attorney may question the accuracy or administration of any chemical or breath tests.
  • Drug Crimes Defenses for drug crimes will depend on the type of drug involved and how much you’re accused of possessing, manufacturing, or distributing.
  • White Collar Crimes For a white collar crime defense, we may work to show that you did not intend to commit the crime at hand or that you have been wrongfully accused.
  • Sex Crimes Defenses for sex crimes often involve arguing about the circumstances of the incident in question. Your attorney will assess your situation and devise a solid defense.
  • Violent Crimes Your defensive strategy for a violent crime could be that you were acting to defend yourself or someone else.
  • Theft/Burglary A couple of defense options for theft and burglary include believing that the property was yours or arguing that you didn’t intend to commit a crime.

Social Security Disability

How to Get Approved

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) occupies an important place in the lives of those who are too sick or injured to work. That’s because it’s often the sole source of income for people in these situations. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) often denies deserving SSD claimants the financial benefits they’re entitled to.

If you have a disability that will keep you from working for a year or more, you should be eligible for these benefits. There are some other criteria, such as a required amount of time you must have worked, but your attorney can help you sort through your SSD eligibility.

How to Fight a Denied Claim

If your SSD claim has been denied, don’t panic. Instead, call an experienced SSD lawyer at our Nashville law firm. We know how to gather the appropriate evidence and respond to every reason listed in the denial documentation. Just give Raybin & Weissman, P.C. a call at 615-256-6666.

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Personal Injury

FAQs

Will I have to go to court for my Nashville injury claim?

You may need to go to court, but we may also be able to avoid bringing your claim to court if we can successfully negotiate a settlement with the insurance company of negligent party. If the other side refuses to negotiate fairly, however, it may be in your best interest to bring your case in front of a judge and jury.

Can I file a claim for my injured child?

Absolutely. Despite being a minor, your child is still legally entitled to compensation for their suffering. As their parent or legal guardian, you have every right to file the personal injury claim on their behalf so that they can obtain the fair compensation they deserve for their suffering and losses.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?

Our firm works with injury victims for a contingency fee. This means that you won’t be expected to pay your lawyer until we win your case. What you pay will be a percentage of your award or settlement.

Should I give the insurance company a statement?

We do not advise our clients to give the insurance company a statement of any kind. The insurer is looking for any reason to reduce the amount of compensation they owe you—even if it means manipulating your words to make you appear more liable for your accident than you actually are. Your attorney can handle these discussions with insurers on your behalf.

Nashville Criminal Defense

FAQs

If I’m guilty, should I bother fighting my criminal charges?

Whether you are guilty or not, you have the right to defend yourself from criminal charges. Even if you think your situation is hopeless, a qualified Nashville criminal attorney may see a hole in the prosecution’s case against you. Even if it’s impossible to beat your charges entirely, it may be possible to reduce them or seek lighter penalties.

How long will a conviction stay on my record in Tennessee?

Both misdemeanor and felony convictions can remain on your record for the rest of your life. However, if you were convicted of certain types of crimes, you may be able to have your record expunged five years after you’ve completed your sentence. Your eligibility will depend on the circumstances surrounding your charges.

Can’t I just represent myself or use a public defender?

You do have the right to represent yourself or use a public defender, but you probably do not have the legal experience or resources to adequately represent yourself. Public defenders, on the other hand, handle back-breaking caseloads, meaning they can’t always give your case the attention it needs. A private defense lawyer in Nashville can give your case undivided attention.

Why should I fight a misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor conviction will remain on your record for a significant period of time, even if it turns out that you’re eligible for an expunction. Employers and others can see these marks on your record, and that can have serious effects on your life. That’s not to mention potential jail time and financial penalties. Fighting a misdemeanor charge may be the best way to avoid these consequences.