David Raybin is a partner at Raybin & Weissman and he heads up the criminal defense section of the firm. With more than 35 years of experience, David has been named the Best Criminal Lawyer in Nashville by Best Lawyers in America, and listed among the Best Criminal Lawyers in the state by Tennessee Business magazine.

What distinguishes a simple assault from an aggravated assault in Tennessee?

The Difference Between Assault and Aggravated Assault The biggest difference between simple assault and aggravated assault is that simple assault and domestic assault (when a domestic relationship is involved) are both treated as misdemeanors … [Read more...]

Appellate Retroactivity Rules: The Pipeline Doctrine

         It is important to be aware of developing legal issues so that if the Tennessee Supreme Court creates some new right or remedy you can take advantage of the ruling even though your case has already been adjudicated. This is known as … [Read more...]

Norris “Taser Case” Officially Dismissed After Settlement With Cheatham County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ben Raybin and David Weissman confirm that their client, Jordan Norris, has entered into a settlement agreement to resolve Jordan’s federal civil rights lawsuit against three Cheatham County Sheriff’s Deputies. … [Read more...]

Tennessee Statutory Rape Laws and Punishments

The Statutory Rape Law in Tennessee We have all heard about the “age of consent.” That is the age at which a person is considered to be able to consent to sexual relations. The offense of statutory rape is essentially when sex would otherwise … [Read more...]

Victims of Crime Now Allowed To Sue without the Necessity of Re-Litigating the Facts of the Case

 Victims of crime have long been allowed to sue the criminal in a civil suit to gain compensation  directly from the criminal.  However, until now, the victim had to re-present the entire criminal case in the civil litigation. Even though a … [Read more...]

Can Signing Your Name to a Lease or Contract in Your Corporate Capacity Still Subject You to Personal Liability?

Convention wisdom is that if you add your company name to your signature then only the company is bound by the terms of the legal document if you and your company are sued for failure to perform. Not always, says the Tennessee Supreme … [Read more...]

How Can You Defend Those People

By David Raybin “How can you defend those people?” This is a question every criminal defense attorney  has heard. I respond by asking  what should I do  if your son or daughter is one of “those people?” Folks have a hard time with that … [Read more...]

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