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3 of the Most Common Crimes in Nashville

Nashville is a beautiful city full of entertainment and excitement. Its moniker Music City is well-deserved, as is its residents' reputation for friendliness. Behind all of Nashville's obvious appeal, however, are some startling statistics about crime. While it is still one of the safer metropolitan areas in the United States, there are violent offenses committed every day.

According to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, there are upwards of 30,000 crimes recorded in a given year. If you face charges of any of these three common crimes, you will need to learn about the various defense options for your charges so that you can handle your case more effectively.

1. Larceny/theft

Larceny/theft, simply stated, is the act of stealing another person's individual property for one's own gain. This is a particularly common crime in Nashville, with more than 18,000 cases being reported annually. Larceny/theft can refer to taking valuables such as jewelry or electronics, but it can also apply to bigger items such as cars.

2. Aggravated assault

Aggravated assault and assault are common criminal charges in Nashville. Assault, of course, refers to an instance of physical violence against another individual. Aggravated assault is typically a more serious charge which often involves assault with a deadly weapon. An assault charge can be a misdemeanor, but the law classifies an aggravated assault charge as a felony. It is important to understand the difference between these charges. 

3. Robbery

Robbery, like larceny/theft, involves the unlawful seizure of another person or entity's property. Unlike larceny/theft, however, robbery usually entails the use of force or the threat of force, which makes it a more serious charge than larceny. Robbery might involve the taking of property from a person or a business establishment. In either case, it is a serious charge that necessitates an effective legal defense.

Every criminal charge has potentially successful defenses. After an arrest, speak with a criminal defense attorney to learn about possible defense strategies.