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Joshua Thomas Crain

Criminal defense Attorney at Murfreesboro, TN

4.9   102 reviews

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About Joshua

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
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    I have been working in criminal law for nearly two decades. I worked as a state prosecutor before starting my private practice. I now defend cases ranging from minor offenses to first degree murder.

    18 years

My name is Joshua T. Crain and I was an Assistant District Attorney General in McMinnville, Tennessee for over six years before starting my private practice.  I focus primarily on criminal defense, but also handle juvenile delinquency cases, divorce, family law matters, and DCS actions.  

 

As a criminal attorney I have obtained aquittals by a jury in cases including felony murder, aggravated child abuse, and DUI.  I put my extensive criminal law experience to work for my clients everyday, whether it's through negotiations with the District Attorney General's office or in the courtroom arguing motions or conducting jury trials.  

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Licensed for 18 years
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 01/17/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Joshua T. Crain, Attorney at Law
108 N. Church Street
Suite 340
Murfreesboro, TN, 37130

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  102 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2021
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Great Attorny highly recommend
I highly recommend mr. Crain as the best attorney in Rutherford county , I got charged with ( simple position) and I started to speak to many attorneys and all of them said will be a problem because I have a felony already but with mr. Crain nothing impossible ,he fought for me the best deal and I was very happy and pleased he got my case ( retired ) which’s nothing happened, also he charge less than any attorney I spoke to that time. Joshua. Crain is the best attorney I have ever had.
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Posted by John | May 22, 2020
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Da MAN
He gives you time. He responded quickly. Easy to talk to. Felt like he would have gone to bat for me if he could have. He did his best to get me the Best deal possible .
Posted by Miranda | May 14, 2020
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Amazing
I cannot thank Crain enough. He is a pitbull. Very patient sticks up for his client and wont let you make a wrong decision. His all around back ground made him the right fit for my situation. If I needed a lawyer for a divorce, criminal or anything else he will be on my speed dial. You are amazing.
Posted by Tevauna | April 21, 2020
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criminal
I am so please with Mr. Crain's work. Although, we are practicing social distancing and I was wasn't able to meet him personally, he kept in contact with me everyday while he was working from home. I am so please with the outcome of my case and will definitely, refer him and contact him in the future!
Posted by Jessica | February 27, 2020
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Absolutely the best!
Joshua T. Crain is the best lawyer I have ever had. I was facing a felony and possibly jail time due to falsifying reports to an officer through manipulation. Joshua took the time to connect with my counselor. He sat and listened to me as I explained my situation, not cutting in or stopping me, he actually listened and cared! When the day of court came, I was confident that he would help me. After speaking to the DA and time and time again explaining my situation, he got my case retired for 11 months and 29 days with probation and 80 hours community service! I am so thankful to Joshua for fighting for me and for his friendly staff who always took care of my questions and put me at ease. Thank you! Worth every penny!
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Posted by Adam | November 15, 2019
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Mr Crain is a stud in the courtroom and stands for the truth!
I found myself in a predicament where an ex lover had made outlandish and extreme accusations against me, which resulted in her being able to place an ex parte order of protection against me. The courts require no evidence for the ex parte to be in place, but Mr Crain stood by my side at the trial and let the truth reign without mercy. He provided the court with ample evidence of my innocence and that I am no threat to anyone. This person tried to hurt me financially and tried to make me lose my security clearance with the stunt she pulled, but Mr Crain was able to let the judge see the proof and he dismissed the order against me immediately and expunged my record of ever showing anything had ever happened. If you find yourself in a situation where you need EXPERT legal assistance, then look no further! Josh Crain is the man for the job. God bless him and our United States Justice system.
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Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2019
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One of the Best
Mr. Crain was a godsend. When the reprehensible opposing first attorney threatened my first attorney, forcing her to bow out, I found Mr. Crain. He took my case and ran with it. His methodology is very logical, to the point, and honest. He made no overt promises but spoke the truth and gave the odds as he calculated them. He even discovered that I actually DO have marital property over which to fight in my divorce. I quickly found that he is highly revered by his peers and law enforcement; subsequently, he has valuable connections to aid in his discovery and strategy. I was not intimidated by Mr. Crain because he did not make me feel inferior (as most attorneys do). Unlike my first attorney, Mr. Crain could not be intimidated or fooled by the opposing attorneys, old or new. He understood my financial limitations and communicated through his paralegal as much as possible to help me keep costs low. Because I live far away, he communicated with me via emails and telephone calls as much and as quickly as possible. I love the fact that he has District Attorney experience because his criminal prosecution experience is very helpful when divorcing someone who committed crimes during the marriage and has committed crimes since the separation. I highly recommend him in matters of family and criminal law.
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2019
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Represent!
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you got to learn how to hit the curve. Well Mr. Crain is like your 3rd base coach! If you do right and do what your suppose too, you can trust him to get you home! Can’t thank Josh and Haleigh enough.
Posted by Jerry | July 29, 2019
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Excellent Legal Counsel!
Josh did an excellent job in representing my granddaughter in a difficult situation. He was very professional and compassionate and took the time to explain everything that needed to be done in order to hopefully acheive the best outcome possible. He and his staff stayed on top of the situation and communicated frequently throughtout the day. This helped to minimize the additional stress that one has by being in court. We were from out of town and he made an extra effort to try and help expedite the case so a return trip to Murfreesboro would not be necessary. Her case was completed in one court appearance. I really appreciate his help with my granddaughters case and I would highly recommend him to anone needing legal services.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2019
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Anonymous
Mr. Crain has been my lawyer on more than one occasion and has never failed to handle my cases with what I would call success
Posted by Lauren | July 11, 2019
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Above and Beyond
5 stars all around! Haleigh in the front office was always so kind and willing to help every time I needed something. Mr Crain was nothing short of AMAZING!! Throughout the entire experience I was very pleased to have hired him as my attorney. He was informative an educational in the process and gave me all the information I needed to make my own decisions. As soon as I pointed a way, Mr Crain went and gave it all he had. This whole experience could have been so much worse and ended up completely different but I walked away a very happy client!! I HIGHLY recommend Joshua Crain for all your legal needs!!
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Posted by Elizabeth Marante | June 7, 2019
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Wonderful legal counsel!
Mr. Crain was very professional, and courteous. I met with a few other attorneys in Murfreesboro before deciding to hire him as my legal counsel. He helped get me the best possible outcome with the charges I was originally brought in on! Would definitely hire him again if any other issues were to come up. His office staff was great helping me answer all my questions, and helping me in court if Mr. was not immediately available!
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Posted by Erin | May 26, 2019
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Best Decision!
Joshua Crain is an amazing attorney! I was charged with a felony and my court date was quickly approaching in just a few days. I saw all of his great reviews online and called his office. After speaking with him for just a few minutes over the phone, I decided to hire him to represent me. I met with him in his office to explain the situation and walked out of the meeting with him knowing exactly what to expect. Mr. Crain not only knows the law, but he also thinks outside the box. I no longer have a felony to worry about thanks to him.. and the case is closed. Hiring Mr. Crain was the best decision I could have made. The only thing I regret is not contacting him sooner! He’s confident, professional and fights for his clients. I 100% recommend anyone that is looking for an attorney to represent them to contact Joshua Crain’s office!
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Posted by Amy | March 18, 2019
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Divorce and Child Custody Case
Crain Law and associates went above and beyond through the entire divorce and child custody process. Mr. Crain is extremely thorough. He knows the law well, is extremely educated, and offers sound advice. He was in touch via email or phone frequently and kept me up to date with the case. He responded quickly if I ever had a question or concern. He helped me to look at things from a future stand point and not rush things when it came to making a parenting plan or child support based on present circumstances. He helped me to see the whole picture in each area of the divorce. His assistant, Haleigh, was kind, organized, and thorough as well. I would highly recommend Mr. Crain and his associates to walk through your legal process with you. You will be very pleased! I am extremely grateful that Mr. Crain was recommended to me by a friend.
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2019
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parent of MTSU student
Josh and his office were extremely professional, compassionate, and communicative throughout this trying process. We could not have asked for a better outcome.
Posted by Melody | December 27, 2018
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Best out come possible!
Mr. Crain helped my family through a very difficult time. I appreciate Mr. Crains dedication, drive and work ethic. He gave us his time and attention and answered all our questions. Office personal are easily reached and friendly. I appreciate his dedicated effort it truly paid off. Thank you Melody.
Posted by Mylisza | December 19, 2018
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The Real Deal
Mr. Crain is an amazing attorney. I reached out to him regarding a case that my previous attorney had been working on for over 2 years. He did the initial consult, took the time to understand my case and what I was hoping to achieve, explained the fees upfront and laid out a clear plan on how to resolve my case in the courts. He was extremely communicative and managed my expectations. Within 3 weeks, he had my case closed and my record completely expunged. I was floored. I would highly recommend him and his team!
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Posted by Steve | November 26, 2018
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Custody Readjustment
I hired Mr. Crain to represent me in custody readjustment mediation. It could very well have turned into a custody battle. He was very honest with me about expectations, what the law states, and what the best course of action would be. It was a very stressful situation, but I was confident we would get the best possible outcome with him on my side of the table. He and his staff are exceptional, kind, and compassionate. I will definitely be hiring him again for any future custody needs.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2018
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Excellent service!
Mr. Crain was very professional and his law office and him were in good communication the entire time. Everything got settled and even in the first court appearance. We got the desired outcome we were seeking. Would HIGHLY recommended Mr. Crain to any potential clients.
Posted by Andrew | July 17, 2018
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Doesn’t waste time to get the job done
Mr. Crain helped me get a VOP, that had been outstanding for 4 years. He was extremely helpful and got the job done in a very timely manner. His staff at his office were also a huge amount of help getting me the paperwork needed to have my license reinstated. I should have hired them as soon as I got in trouble opposed to waiting, but choosing Mr. Crain to represent me was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Words can’t express how much I appreciate it. Highly recommend.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Joshua T. Crain, Attorney at Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney General
  • State of Tennessee
  • 2005 - 2011

Education

  • University of Arkansas School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2005
  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • State v. Nathan McDowell
  • Not Guilty of Aggravated Child Abuse
  • State of Tennessee v. James Fresso
  • Not Guilty after jury trial
  • Sidney S. Stanton, III v. State of Tennessee
  • My denial of pre-trial diversion was upheld by the Tennessee Supreme Court
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Associations

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • President
  • 2002 - 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • America's Top 10 Animal Defenders
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • 2011
  • Man of the Year
  • McMinnville Jaycees
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Executive Board Member - Moot Court Honor Society
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 2004
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 2004
  • Deans List
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Progressive Farmer Magazine
  • Law of the Land
  • 2005
  • National AgLaw Center Research Article
  • Farm Program Payments as Property of the Bankruptcy Estate
  • 2005
  • National AgLaw Center Research Article
  • Wisconsin Insurance Company Sued in Arkansas
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Organic Program Final Rule Challenged as Inconsistent with Organic Foods Production Act
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Mortgages Do Not Create Security Interest in Growing Crops
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Property Denied Qualification as Agricultural Land for Tax Purposes
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Property Used Directly in Production Process Exempted From Taxation
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Nonstock Cooperative Considered a “Farmer” Under Bankruptcy Code
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Right to Crop Disaster Payment Is Property of Bankruptcy Estate
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Boilerplate Language in Security Agreement Does Not Create Fiduciary Relationship
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Farmer-Debtor Allowed to Convert to Chapter 7
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Joint Venture Farming Satisfies the Definition of Farmer
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Farm Buildings Are Personal Property Under Ohio Law
  • 2005
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Farmer Not Forced to Convert to Chapter 7
  • 2005
  • National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Bank's Security Interest in Government Payments Not Perfected
  • 2004
  • National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Supreme Court Holds Formula Rate Best for Determining Cramdown Interest Rate
  • 2004
  • National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Debtor Found to Have Converted Crop Insurance Proceeds
  • 2004
  • Agricultura Law Update
  • Bank's Security Interest In Government Payments Not Perfected
  • 2004
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Debtors Allowed to Avoid Bank's Security Interest in Machinery, Equipment and Tools
  • 2004
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Post-Confirmation Attorney Fees in Chapter 12 Case Denied
  • 2004
  • The National Agricultural Law Research Center
  • Debtor-Dairy Farmer's Payments Not Exempted Under Federal Garnishment Law
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2014 Fall CLE Conference
  • Tennessee Criminal Statute Update
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (7)
Endorse Joshua
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to sit across the table from Josh Crain and negotiate resolutions with Josh on behalf of his clients. I know firsthand his skill as an attorney. Josh is an excellent advocate for his clients and a very fine lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joshua spent many years as a prosecutor and built up a great reputation in the courtroom. He is prepared, knowledgeable, and will give you a hard fight in court."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh is one of the best lawyers in our legal community. He is passionate about the law and gives above and beyond representation to each and every one of his clients. He is uncompromising in zealously producing the best case possible for his clients. Josh is a true professional who is a credit to our bar. I enthusiastically endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Friend
"Ever since I began practicing law, I have called on Joshua Crain when I needed help on a case. This man knows criminal law. For years, Joshua has demonstrated reliability, outstanding intellect, and an unmatched work ethic. You can count on Joshua Crain. I know I do."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Josh for many years now and have had the pleasure of working with him since I began my practice. Day in and day out, I see how hard Josh works for each one of his clients. We have tried cases together and I can tell you Josh is one of the best trial attorneys I know of in the state of Tennessee. In a time of need, Josh would be the attorney I would choose to represent myself or my family. Without hesitation, I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have both worked with Josh on a case where we represented co-Defendants and observed Josh work on other cases in which I was not involved. He is diligent, assertive, and zealous in his advocacy. I highly recommend his work in criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Crain is knowledgable and a overall leader in the criminal defense spectrum. As a lawyer myself, I often turn to Mr. Crain for guidance and direction due to his experience in criminal defense work. I would highly recommend Mr. Crain to anyone in search of a prominent defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh is a friend and a zealous advocate for his clients. His knowledge and preparedness are second to none. His passion and integrity are valuable resources for all of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a lawyer in the community, I have tried cases against Josh. He is honest, resourceful, and extremely capable. He is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh is a passionate attorney who I recommend frequently to those seeking help from a criminal defense attorney. He is professional and knowledgeable in the field and a well respected colleague."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joshua. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joshua Crain is an excellent attorney. He is professional, knowledgeable, and an ardent advocate for his clients. Joshua's respect within the community is a testament to his work ethic and desire to collaborate with other attorneys. I would highly endorse Joshua as an attorney with whom I worked with and against him in cases."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with and against Joshua in criminal, family law, and wrongful death cases and always found him to be diligent, trustworthy, and ethical. Joshua has a good reputation amongst lawyers and is a strong advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh Crain is a tough, fair-minded, zealous attorney. Whenever he represents his clients I observe him standing firm for their best interests. He will not allow his clients to be bullied and yet is wise enough to guide them to compromise as needed. I look forward to seeing Josh perform well in Court."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joshua is an excellent attorney and previously practiced law as prosecutor. He is excellent at determining effective case strategies and predicting outcomes. He is well respected in the legal community. I have served as co-counsel with him on more than one occasion and I always observe him working hard for his clients. He is an ethical, zealous, and trustworthy attorney. I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I give Joshua my unconditional endorsement. He is thorough, very hardworking and cares about his clients. If I were ever in need of a criminal lawyer I would use him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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