If you are facing felony drug charges or are currently under investigation for a felony drug crime, you may face severe penalties and consequences that can alter your life forever. You deserve to know your rights and what you can expect during litigation. A felony drug crime attorney can review your case and help prepare a strong defense against the prosecution.
McCarter | East PLLC can take on your case, investigate the facts, and represent you in court. Our law firm has the resources, staff, and experience necessary to help you get the best outcome. Whether you are innocent or guilty, you deserve a felony drug crime lawyer in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, who will advocate for you in court.
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Drug Possession and Distribution Laws in Tennessee
If you are caught with drugs in Tennessee, the circumstances determine what you will be charged with and what type of penalties you may face. The laws cover a wide range of violations such as possession, possession with intent, sale of a controlled substance, trafficking, and manufacturing.
Tennessee codes section 29-38-104, section 39-17-417, and section 39-17-425 specify the provisions that will be enforced as it pertains to drug possession and distribution.
Prohibited Drug Activity in Tennessee
The state of Tennessee imposes five types of drug-related charges based on the current state laws, including:
If you are caught with a certain amount of a controlled substance, you may be charged with possession or casual exchange. A single charge is a Class A misdemeanor. Two or more drug offenses will result in a Class E felony charge.
2. Possession with Intent
If you are caught with a sizable amount of drugs, you may be charged with possession with intent. The state of Tennessee must prove that you intended to sell or distribute the drugs in your possession. Possession with intent is a felony drug crime that carries severe penalties.
3. Sale of a Controlled Substance
For you to be charged with sale of a controlled substance, a law enforcement officer must witness you engaged in a monetary transaction. The sale of a controlled substance is a felony in the state of Tennessee. Sentencing is determined by the type and amount of the substance you were selling, the circumstances of the transaction, and any prior drug charges.
4. Drug Trafficking
Drug trafficking typically involves an organized and ongoing sale and widespread distribution of controlled substances. This ranges from local distribution to trafficking drugs across state lines. You may be charged with direct distribution or conspiracy to distribute.
5. Drug Manufacturing
A manufacturing charge applies to all illegal substances that are grown naturally or synthetically produced. A person who is manufacturing drugs may also be charged with distribution, intent to sell, or even possession, depending on the circumstances of the case.
Penalties for Felony Drug Crimes in Tennessee
Penalties for a felony drug crime in Tennessee depend on numerous factors of the case. They may include:
The prosecution for the state of Tennessee will often seek the maximum penalty possible. As your attorneys, our job is to either establish that you are innocent of the charges against you or to reduce your sentence if you are found guilty.
How Our Law Firm Can Help You with Your Case
When your future is on the line, you need an attorney that you can trust who can get you the best outcome possible for your case. Our legal team can help you in the following ways:
Provide legal consultation throughout your case
Investigate your charge to determine the facts of the case
Provide a solid defense to challenge the prosecution’s claim
Communication with relevant parties on your behalf
Represent you in court during your trial
Work with the court to reduce your charges if you are found guilty