Greenhouse Ministries Legal Clinic: Legal Questions Answered

In Rutherford County, Greenhouse Ministries offers a free legal clinic each Thursday night from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Many lawyers from the Rutherford County show up unpaid and give assistance to members of the community.

At Legal Clinic, you can ask a lawyer free questions from all kinds of topics. It does not mean that you are going to come away with a free lawyer. It means that you will be able to ask a lawyer free and the lawyer will be able to address your questions, help you sort out your real legal issue, and give you some direction.

We compare our time at legal clinic to working triage at the hospital. It is not a place where we have hours to sit and spend on each case. Instead, it is a place where you can have legal questions answered and, if needed, the volunteer lawyer can put you in touch with someone who can provide further help.

We volunteer at Legal Clinic because we believe in contributing to our community and helping get legal questions answered. We can say that, out of fifteen years of participating in this program, the people that show up are truly in need.

If you find yourself saying “I need a lawyer,” but aren’t sure about the issues in your case, we believe that you should be able to talk with a lawyer and ask questions without being obligated to pay money. Hiring a lawyer has the potential to be life altering. Ask yourself: don’t you want someone with experience in these kinds of situations?

Three Key Factors to Determine Criminal Attorney Fees

We are often asked how does a law office decide criminal attorney fees? If you have ever dealt with more than one lawyer in your life, you already know the answer to this question: because every case is different!

Below are three key factors that affect criminal attorney fees:

1. The Number and Severity of the Criminal Charges
Most people understand that hiring a criminal defense lawye-r for representation in a DUI is much cheaper than hiring representation for First Degree Murder. The more severe the charge, the more likely it is that your criminal attorney fee will be higher. Additionally, if there are multiple charges, the fee will likely be higher.

2. The Complexity of the Criminal Case
A criminal attorney fee may be higher or lower depending on the complexity of the case. For example, a shoplifting charge won’t require a lot of witnesses or medical experts, but a DUI charge might need an expert witness on blood alcohol. Cases that make the news are often more complex and require much higher fees. The more complex the case, the more likely it is that your criminal attorney fee will be higher.

3. The Experience of the Criminal Defense Attorney
As one attorney noted: you don’t pay a gunslinger by the bullet— you pay him for his gun. Frequently, it is the reputation, skill, and knowledge of an experienced criminal defense lawyer that turns a bad situation into a good outcome. More experienced attorneys often demand higher fees.

There are other considerations as well, including the location of the case, whether an attorney will have to travel, the number of anticipated court appearances, the number of witnesses, etc.

At our office, we have tried over forty jury trials and have successfully negotiated thousands of cases. We have also handled dozens of high profile cases in the media. If you have any questions and need to speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer, feel free to call our office.

Criminal Attorney Fees

High profile cases, which are often front page news, are much more complex and often require higher fees.


Operation: Adopt a Hero

We would like to take a moment and recognize a fantastic local project going on here in Murfreesboro. Matthew O’Dell, the owner of Reveille Joe Coffee Company, has started “Operation: Adopt a Hero.”

The goal of the Operation is to get at least one stocking for every military veteran currently at the Tennessee Valley VA here in Murfreesboro. Volunteers are asked to take a stocking from Reveille Joe, fill it up with around $20 worth of materials, and return it to the store on or before December 20.

If you would like to get involved, contact Matthew at Reveille Joe. You can find them on Facebook or at their website:

This holiday season, take at least one small step to show appreciation for those who secured your freedom. Joe and I are proud and thankful to support Matthew and Operation: Adopt a Hero. Join us!


W. Scott Kimberly Nominated for 2013 Ruthies Award for Favorite Attorney

The nominees for the 2013 Ruthies Awards, which highlight the best that Rutherford County, Tennessee, has to offer, have been published by the Daily News Journal. I am honored to be among the nominees for 2013 “Favorite Attorney.”

To support our office, you can go to the ballot for Favorite Attorney and vote for W. Scott Kimberly. You will have to scroll all the way to the bottom to find me, but it’s worth the wait!

Remember, every registered user can vote once per day, so feel free to vote early and vote often!