Nashville Drug Crime Defense Attorney
Drug Crimes in Tennessee
Those convicted of drug crimes in Tennessee face relatively harsh penalties. A qualified defense attorney can help you if you have been charged with drug trafficking or any other crime. Drug crimes relate to circumstances involving substance abuse. Federal and state laws define controlled substances as either pharmaceuticals or drugs without a medical purpose. In general, each drug offense can be classified from I through VII based on the risk of dependency and thus its gravity.
Simple possession of a controlled substance in your car, on your person, or in your home, without a valid prescription is a criminal offense and you may be charged. A first-offense charge of simple possession or casual exchange can be charged as a misdemeanor, carrying a penalty of up to one year in jail, a fine, community service, or rehab mandated by the court. Even though these offenses are classified as misdemeanors, they can have significant ramifications on your life and should be discussed with a local drug crime attorney.
Tennessee has one of the highest rates of drug possession crimes. It is better to avoid having a conviction on your criminal record if possible, although the penalties may not be as severe as for other drug crimes. In Tennessee, the possession of any amount of a controlled substance may constitute a crime. The term "controlled substances" refers to illegal drugs such as heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and more. At present, marijuana is a controlled substance in Tennessee, so it is not legal in any form.
A controlled substance's schedule may affect the penalties involved. Schedules range from Schedule I to Schedule VII. If your loved one is charged with drug possession, an attorney can help protect you and determine the potential penalties based on the type of substance involved.
Drug Possession with Intent to Sell
Tennessee classifies manufacturing, delivering, or selling controlled substances as a felony. The amount of the drug required to be charged with these offenses will depend on the schedule classification of said drug, and sometimes there are no minimum amounts. Penalties, however, can be enhanced by a variety of factors. These can often include prior history or the involvement of minors. A felony conviction entails far more than prison time and a large fine. If charged, you will be prohibited from owning firearms, voting, or even qualifying for some employment opportunities.
Having a controlled substance in excess of a specified amount, or with other evidence that the drug is not for personal use, can be considered possession with intent. We are talking about items like scales, individually bagged quantities, and cash. If you are charged with simple possession or possession with the intent to sell, a Nashville drug crime attorney may be able to help.
Drug Defense Lawyer Representation
Knowing your rights is a crucial part of defending yourself in Tennessee. With a legal professional on your side, you can be equipped with the best tips and tricks to protect your rights, avoid a conviction and even minimize jail time. The Cassell Firm will do everything in our power to obtain the best results for you, your future, and your family's future.