Drug Charges – Tennessee Criminal Lawyers
Drug Possession in Tennessee
Nearly every drug case begins with an analysis of whether the interaction with law enforcement resulted in their violation of any of your constitutional rights. For example, a traffic stop that results in the officers searching your vehicle. The first question is whether the stop was for a valid reason, and second whether the search was either with consent, a warrant, or if warrant-less, whether another justification existed. Drug task force officers patrol Tennessee highways and interstates frequently and therefore vehicle stop issues are some of the most common issues examined. Some cases involve the use of Confidential Informants, or “C.I.”‘s to obtain search warrants. The credibility of the CI and the credibility of the information provided must be closely examined to determine whether the warrant or search was valid. These issues need to be carefully examined by an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney.
What is a likely sentence for a drug conviction in Tennessee?
In determining the possible punishment and exposure for a conviction there are several factors to be considered and weighed. Most obviously, the classification of the drug charge. A first or second offense Simple Possession, for example and regardless of the type of drug, is a Class A Misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 11 months, 29 days in jail. Felony drug conviction sentencing is based on the schedule of the drug, the weight or amount of the drug, and the number of prior felony convictions of the person charged.
Some courts offer a unique sentence alternative known as Drug Court. Drug Courts across Tennessee serve to assist those struggling with addiction and serve as an acknowledgment that incarceration is not always the most productive or efficient punishment.
Is there anyway to keep this off my record without going to trial?
Possibly. You may be eligible for Pre-Trial or Judicial Diversion. Your case also may have constitutional issues with law enforcements which warrant its dismissal.
Drug charges in Tennessee carries serious consequences if you are convicted. If you are facing any drug charge in Tennessee, you should always consult with a drug defense attorney about your case and discuss possible defenses. There are a number of factors which may enhance the seriousness of the drug charge, such as if the crime was committed with 1,000 feet of a school zone.
It is very important to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer examine your case, the facts and discuss with you what defenses you may have and whether you qualify for any alternative sentencing. Our criminal defense attorneys include a former prosecutor and have handled hundreds of drug cases. Call our criminal attorneys today for a case evaluation about the drug charges you face in Cookeville, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Franklin, Dickson, Gallatin or other Tennessee county. Contact our drug defense attorneys today at (615) 829 – 8259.
More Information on Tennessee Drug Laws:
Simple Possession (Marijuana) (Molly/MDMA/Exstasy) (Cocaine)(Mushrooms)
Possession with Intent – Felony Drug Charges in Tennessee