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When does a misdemeanor become a felony in a marijuana charge?

It can be scary if you are arrested for a marijuana-related crime, especially if it's the first time. If you are unaware of how drug charges work, you may be concerned you will be charged with a felony.

While it is possible to be charged with a felony for a marijuana-related crime, the degree of the charge depends entirely on how the drug's intended use is interpreted. 

Things get serious if an officer asks you to walk and turn

You may already know what it's like to experience a stressed feeling in the pit of your stomach when you glance in your rearview mirror and see police lights flashing. An officer pulling you over is no fun but doesn't necessarily have to ruin your entire day or week so long as no major issues arise during your traffic stop. In fact, sometimes, a police officer may simply give you some type of warning (i.e., slow down!) and then send you on your way.

If, at any point during a traffic stop, a police officer asks you to step out of your vehicle, he or she is detaining you. That means you are no longer free to leave unless the officer gives you expressed permission to do so. It also often means the officer suspects you of a crime, such as drunk driving.

What are the increasing penalties for DUI convictions?

You know that a first-offense DUI is not treated the same as a fourth-offense in Tennessee, but do you know exactly how the potential penalties increase? If you're facing charges at any level, this is critical information. You deserve a fair trial and a fair sentence, if convicted, so knowing exactly what the law states helps you know how to proceed.

First Offense

What is an illegal search and seizure?

When the police or other law enforcement officials want to enter a private property, they are not legally able to do so without conforming to legal best practices. This is because of the rules set in place thanks to the Fourth Amendment. Often, people are unclear about the legality of a search and seizure after it happens. The following are some commonly asked questions about searches and seizures and their legality.

What is a "search"?

Your options for a criminal defense

Finding yourself being suspected of a crime that you did not commit is an incredibly stressful experience. You might fear the result of a guilty charge, and although you might have been at the scene of the crime or partially involved, you need to explain yourself and your actions so that the courts can understand your rationale, your intentions and the reasons for why you acted in the way that you did. The good news is that there are many legally accepted defense options that you can use to do this.

The defense of necessity

Getting charged with drug manufacturing

It is a serious crime to be convicted of manufacturing, packaging or cultivating drugs. This is because the law sees drug manufacturers as one of the main roots of the drug problem in the United States. In certain states, there are a very few exceptions to this when it comes to the cultivation and manufacture of marijuana, since it has been legalized for some specific uses.

What is the standard sentence for drug manufacturing?

Ways of negotiating a plea

Being presented with a plea bargain can be very confusing. Prosecutors often present pleas when defendants feel desperate or that they are left with very few options for the future. Often, defendants face long prison terms if convicted on the original charges.

However, when you are presented with a plea bargain, it is essential that you and your criminal defense attorney take the time to consider fully the pros and cons of the plea bargain being offered. Consider whether you could get a better deal by going to trial.

What are misdemeanors?

In criminal law, there are three main types of offenses, each with a different level of severity. In ascending order of severity, there are infractions, misdemeanors and felonies.

Misdemeanors, being the moderate level of the three, usually result in either fines of no more than $500 and a local jail sentence of less than six months. A person can be charged with a gross misdemeanor also, which is often described as being more serious than a misdemeanor but less serious than a felony.

Getting your driver's license back in Tennessee

If you have had your license suspended, you will know the frustrations of not being able to drive for an extended period of time. It is likely that it affected your job and your ability to generate income. Therefore, of course, you will be eager to take the right steps to get your license back as soon as you can. It is important that you know and obey the law in regard to this so that you do not waste any time.

This blog will provide a brief overview into how the law works in Tennessee and what you must do in order to get your license back.

Programs for convicted drug users

The courts know that people sometimes commit crimes purely because of their drug addiction, and they are often sympathetic to this. If the crime was a nonviolent one and the courts believe that the crime would not have been committed if it were not for the defendant's use of drugs or their drug addiction, they might decide that a drug rehabilitation program is a good alternative to jail time.

This blog will serve as a brief overview into how the court system uses drug rehabilitation programs as a good alternative to a prison sentence, and what kind of circumstances qualify for this.

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