The numbers don't look good for Clarksville and Montgomery County. According to a new Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report, aggravated assaults soared last year, jumping to 928 over the 625 reported by city and county officials in 2013. That's an increase of nearly 50 percent.
The city's police chief and the sheriff of Montgomery County both spoke at length about focusing on gangs in the area that are believed to contribute to the crime surge.
The TBI lists assault as one of its Group A offenses. Other crimes that fall into this category of serious crimes include the following:
- Burglary/Breaking and Entering
- Drug trafficking
- Child pornography
- Larceny and theft
- Weapons offenses
Group A also includes homicide, kidnapping and sex offenses, according to the TBI website.
While anyone facing a Group B crime category charge should take the accusations seriously, convictions do not typically result in sentences as harsh as those for Group A.
Group B crimes include the following:
- Writing bad checks
- Curfew violations (also loitering and vagrancy)
- Disorderly conduct
- Liquor law offenses
- Nonviolent family offenses
- Public drunkenness
- All other offenses
For those accused of crimes, the first step is to speak with an attorney experienced in criminal defense negotiations with police and prosecutors. In many cases, charges can be reduced or even dropped. In other situations, your defense attorney will advise you to fight the allegations in court. Either way, you want a skilled negotiator and litigator by your side.