Dealing with a stupid mistake
Recently I had a client who was on the run from a probation violation that she got years ago. Like so many other young people she did not take her probation seriously. Two years later, she had changed her life, gotten serious, and matured enough to want to deal with it. The problem was that it was in front of one of the toughest Judges in the State of Tennessee. She willingly turned herself in, knowing that there was no bond and waited. Luckily, we were able to get a deal with the State that got her out of jail and back on probation, when we initially thought that she was going to have to serve her time.
Practice area(s): Criminal Defense
John Ballard is a third generation attorney following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Jack Butler, and his father before him, Howard "General" Butler. Born and raised in Williamson County, John has spent his life in Middle Tennessee. Upon graduating with a Philosophy degree from Samford University, enrolled in Nashville School of Law where he went to school at night while working at his grandfather's law practice in Nashville. After learning the law from one of Nashville's legendary attorney's John spent two years as Judge Seth Norman's court officer in Davidson County Criminal Court Division IV. Working for Judge Norman gave John a unique opportunity to get to know attorneys as well as criminal defendants before graduating Law School in 2014, wherein he was awarded the Moot Court Award.
John began his law practice at 1308 Rosa L Parks Blvd with over a dozen of Nashville's best criminal defense attorneys. While developing a criminal defense practice, John learned that there was a need for a robust law practice that could serve many different legal needs of the community. In addition to needing contracts, civil litigation, document generation, often times the community needs someone to help them jump hurdles and cut through red tape. It may be dispute regarding insurance, employment, codes, local government, or regulations, and knowing the right people and how to navigate seemingly complex issues is important. Working to find a solution without litigation is important, but sometimes the only way to resolve an issue is to let the judge decide. John has spent most of his career in court arguing and winning cases in front of juries and judges on a myriad of issues. His background means that he is familiar with not only the courts but the judges, attorneys, and court staff as well. He is comfortable in the courtroom litigating complex issues because he comes prepared and outworks the other side.
John has recently moved his main office to Franklin, Tennessee and brings with him the experience, knowledge, and reputation from Nashville, but also as a native to Williamson County.