Arrested at CMA Fest in Nashville? Here’s What to Do

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As summer arrives and the excitement of the Country Music Association (CMA) Festival is in the air, it’s important to enjoy the festivities responsibly. However, in case you find yourself in an unfortunate situation where you’re arrested, you need to understand what to do next and what you might expect. PNC Law, led by the experienced criminal defense attorney Philip Clark, has compiled this guide to help you navigate these challenging circumstances.

Potential Crimes and Penalties

Among the many various crimes that are committed at CMA Fest, here are some of the most common that occur:

Drug Use

The possession or use of illegal drugs, including marijuana in large quantities, can lead to serious criminal charges. These could range from misdemeanors for small amounts, with penalties including fines and probation, to felonies for larger quantities, which may result in significant fines, incarceration, and a lasting criminal record.


The emotional energy of the CMA Fest can sometimes escalate to aggression, resulting in assault charges. An assault charge can vary from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class B felony, depending on the severity of the incident. Penalties can include imprisonment, hefty fines, and mandatory anger management classes.

Drinking and Driving

The combination of alcohol and driving is a grave offense in Tennessee. If convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), you could face penalties such as jail time, fines, mandatory alcohol education programs, and the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges.

Arrested at CMA Fest? Follow These Steps

Don’t Resist Arrest

Even if you believe you’re innocent, it’s crucial to stay calm and comply with the police officers. Resisting arrest could lead to additional charges and complicate your case further.

Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent

You have the right to remain silent to avoid self-incrimination. Politely inform the officers that you wish to exercise this right and refrain from discussing the details of your situation until your attorney is present.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney

After your arrest, it’s essential to reach out to a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. They can provide guidance, represent your interests, and work to mitigate any potential penalties.

Why Choose PNC Law for Your Criminal Defense

As one of Nashville’s leading law firms, PNC Law and attorney Philip Clark have a proven track record in defending clients accused of violent crimes, drug use, and DUI. We understand the intricacies of the local justice system and are committed to protecting your rights. 

Expertise in Various Crime Areas

With over 20 years of experience in law enforcement, attorney Philip N. Clark can provide a defense tailored to your specific situation. Whether you’re arrested for drug use, a violent crime, DUI, etc., PNC Law has your back. 

Comprehensive Case Evaluation

We understand that every case is unique. Our team offers a comprehensive case evaluation to understand the details of your arrest and devise a strategic defense. Attempting to navigate the legal system on your own can be daunting. Don’t attempt to resolve the situation on your own. 

Dedicated Representation

Our attorney, Philip Clark, is dedicated to providing compassionate, thorough representation. He understands the stress and anxiety of facing criminal charges and will work diligently to achieve the best possible outcome. If you find yourself needing legal assistance during the CMA Fest, don’t hesitate to contact PNC Law. Our team is ready to support and defend you.

Satisfied Client Stories

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