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Tennessee law makes it illegal for you to possess certain drugs and substances. Depending on the drug and the amount the police find, you could be facing years in prison. Convictions for drug crimes increase depending on how much is seized, what your criminal record looks like, and factors that indicate that the drugs were for resale.

Simple possession is a misdemeanor that can carry a sentence of up to eleven months and twenty-nine days. However, depending on the type of drugs that were found, you could be facing mandatory jail sentences if convicted.

Felony possession or Possession with Intent to Sell or Distribute can carry sentences anywhere from one year to sixty years. Tennessee law can punish defendants heavily if they are found with certain drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, opiates, methamphetamines, ecstasy, and even marijuana. If you have been charged with possession of any of the previously mentioned, you need a drug charges attorney as soon as possible.

Your drug crime defense attorney needs to be equipped with the skill to establish a viable defense for your charge. More often than not, police officers can smell what they believe to be weed and stop someone for a search. Your drug attorney should know how to challenge the legal basis for a stop and help you question the legality of the seizure. Jay Moreland is a drug charges lawyer in Nashville TN that can help you with.

Some substances, such as cocaine, can carry an eight-year sentence based only on the amount of drugs that were seized. There are many defenses to simple possession and felony possession with intent to sell but it takes a highly competent drug crimes lawyer to be able to defend clients when they have been overcharged or wrongfully charged with drug crimes.

Contact Jay Moreland to secure your criminal defense representation today.

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Drug Crimes At A Glance

Charges that can be placed on you involving a drug crime:

  • Drug Possession - Refers to the act of having a controlled substance in one's possession, regardless of the amount or intended use.

  • Drug Dealing - Involves selling or distributing drugs to others.

  • Drug Trafficking - A more serious charge that refers to the large-scale distribution or transportation of drugs, often across state or international borders.

  • Drug Manufacturing - Encompasses the production, cultivation, or synthesis of controlled substances.

  • Drug Paraphernalia - Refers to any equipment, product, or material that is intended for use in growing, producing, manufacturing, or using a controlled substance.

Common Substances Involved in Drug Crimes

Some of the more common substances you can be charged a drug crime for:

  • Marijuana

  • Cocaine

  • Meth

  • Opiates

  • Prescription drugs

  • Heroin

  • Methamphetamines

  • Ecstasy

Simple Possession and Drug Paraphernalia

If you have been caught with a small amount of drugs that are for personal use, you can be arrested even for something as common as weed. Simple Possession charges are a misdemeanor and can carry up to a year in jail. Depending on the type of drug you are caught with, there could be a mandatory sentence in jail as well as a conviction for your record and a fine. 

You can even be arrested for having a pipe or rolling papers and charged with possessing drug paraphernalia. These charges are a misdemeanor as well and can carry up to a year's sentence and a fine.

There are many ways to avoid convictions for these charges but you should hire an attorney to help make sure that joint doesn’t haunt you and your future.