Martelia T. Crawford

Martelia T. Crawford

Cookeville, Tennessee criminal and domestic relations law firm

Firm Overview

For nearly 30 years attorney Martelia T. Crawford has provided exceptional legal counsel in family and criminal law. Known to her clients and peers for her integrity and dedication to excellent and honest legal representation, she is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for her professionalism and ethics.

If I take a case, I take it to win. Although I aggressively defend my clients in the courtroom, I place a strong emphasis on treating each client compassionately and giving every one of them the attention and respect they deserve.

My office handles all family and criminal law matters skillfully and efficiently. I am also certified as a Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator in Tennessee, with specialized training in domestic violence.

Martelia T. Crawford handles the following areas of law:
-Child custody
-Criminal defense
-Drug crimes
-Family law
-Juvenile crimes
-Rule 31 listed family mediator, with special training in domestic violence

Strategic and astute Tennessee attorney stands up for your rights :
Since 1984, I have been defending and protecting my clients. I attentively listen to your concerns, clearly and precisely explain potential legal strategies to you and share my in-depth knowledge of the area of the law where you need help. I take the time to explain your rights and make sure you understand the challenges of your case.

Most importantly, I am an assertive and aggressive attorney who resolves my clients' legal matters in a manner that is most beneficial to them.

Main Office

Main Office
101 South Jefferson Avenue
Cookeville TN 38501






Whether anticipating the joys of adoption or experiencing the frustrations of divorce, you need a competent, assertive attorney by your side.

Attorney Martelia T. Crawford will zealously advocate for your rights and protect your family during all family law proceedings, including:
-Child custody and visitation
-Child support
-Child support modification and enforcement
-Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings
-Pre- and post-nuptial agreements

Adopting a child brings happiness to families, but a biological parent's change of heart or an immigration fiasco can turn a joyous occasion into a nightmare. Martelia T. Crawford assists families with the complex legal procedures and frustrating red tape of the adoption process so you can feel secure about welcoming your child into your home.

Divorce should not lead to a financial crisis. I help you obtain the spousal support you rightfully deserve.

Child custody and visitation:
I advocate for your parental rights so you can raise your children in a fit and healthy home.

Child support:
Both parents share in the responsibility of raising a child. I support your child's right to receive the financial support required for a healthy, happy upbringing divided fairly between both parents.

Child support modification:
Child support payments remain the same unless and until the court modifies the child support order. If either the custodial or the non-custodial parent experiences a significant change in circumstances, I can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify child support payments accordingly.

Through mediation or litigation, my divorce law firm fights for your rights to get the best possible settlement or judgment, including fair distribution of assets and division of the marital home. I assist parents with child support payments and child custody rights.

Juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings:
When Tennessee authorities interfere with your parental rights, you need a zealous advocate who understands the bureaucratic red tape. I am skilled at maneuvering through the complex laws of Tennessee to protect your parental rights and your child's future prospects.

Mediation :
Mediation puts the decisions in your hands and can often provide more expedient, predictable results than going to trial. I can help you obtain the best possible divorce settlement.

Prenuptial agreements:
Love can blind you to the potential for financial loss should your marriage fail. I expect the unexpected and draft premarital agreements that protect both spouses' financial interests.

Martelia T. Crawford

Martelia T. Crawford

ISLN: 908127014

Practice areas:
-Family law
-Child custody
-Criminal defense
-Drug crimes
-Juvenile crimes
-Rule 31 family mediator

-Tennessee and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 1984
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

Nashville School of Law, J.D.

Associations & Memberships:
-Davidson and Putnam County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations
-Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1986 - 1988)
-Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Board Member, 1998 - 2001)
-National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
-Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, 2008
-Association for Conflict Resolution 2008

Biographical details:
Honor Council, Nashville School of Law. Recipient: Rule 31 Family Mediator, May 2008. 12-Hour Domestic Violence Training Requirement for Mediators, July 2008.

-State v. William Walter, III and Roger Dale Lewis - post conviction relief - 1987 WL 7707 (Tenn. Crim. App. 3-12-87)

-State v. John Randall Issacs - post conviction relief-1992 WL 206230 (Tenn. Crim. App. 8-27-95)

-Larry Cavens v. State - first degree murder - post conviction relief - 995 WL 83997 (Tenn. Crim. App. 3-2-95)

-State v. Richard Graybeal - suppression of illegal search-1995 WL 382597 (Tenn. Crim. App. 6-28-95)

-State v. Landon Gaw - suppression of illegal search - 1995 WL 626616 (Tenn. Crim.App. 10-26-95)

-State v. Scott Albertson - drug charges - modification of sentence - 1997 WL 438177 (Tenn. Crim. app. 7-31-97)

-State v. Steve Caldwell - first degree murder - 1997 WL 602915 (Tenn. Crim. App. 9-30-97)

-State v. Michael Bush - first degree murder - death penalty - 942 S.W.2d 489 (Tenn. 1997), cert. denied 118 S.Ct. 376 (S.Ct. 11-2-97)


Nashville School of Law
Juris Doctorate,