You can face charges for possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, especially in conjunction with other charges, so it's important to understand what is considered paraphernalia. Some household items that can be possessed innocently could be considered drug paraphernalia.
When it comes to enforcing state and federal drug laws, law enforcement has a lot of power. Law enforcement officers have the power to determine who looks suspicious, when a search is appropriate and when there is enough evidence to arrest a suspect. This power can be easily abused, and those who have been charged with a drug crime on the basis of an abuse of police power should work with an experienced attorney to protect their rights.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a reputation as a drug warrior. He is on record as having once said he thought the Ku Klux Klan was: "OK until I found out they smoked pot." He insists he was joking, but more recent statements reinforce the view that he holds a get-tough attitude when it comes to prosecuting individuals charged with drug crimes.
More and more states across the country are entertaining the idea of legalizing marijuana, whether for medical purposes or recreationally. As marijuana consumption has moved from the shadows and into the mainstream, serious questions are being raised about how to police it and how to enforce it. However, there are also questions being raised on how to track its impact in cases involving driving while under the influence.
With the current legislative term nearing its end, it can safely be said that the last few months have been anything but dull in the Tennessee General Assembly. Indeed, the state Senate and House of Representatives have been busy debating and voting on legislation covering everything from school bus safety and rural broadband access to road funding and school vouchers.
Guns don't kill people. People kill people. That's a common argument Second Amendment supporters use to counter gun control efforts. As we noted in a post last month, some use a somewhat similar argument reacting to efforts to crack down on suppliers in drug overdose deaths. The case they seek to make is that the person responsible for the death is the user, not the supplier.
It is likely safe to say that anyone facing a drug charge in the Franklin jurisdiction would be happy if they could see the charges dismissed. Whether that can happen is something that no attorney can guarantee. Every drug-related charge is serious, and what outcome might be possible depends on the circumstances of your case. The best assessment of such matters involves consulting an experienced attorney.
Did you know that it may be possible for the authorities, both at the state and federal level, to come after you if you sell drugs to someone who then overdoses and dies? More and more states have been putting these laws on the books, and Tennessee is one of them.
A basketball player for the University of Tennessee was recently dismissed from the team. He's a junior, and the coach simply said that he'd violated team rules.
The line between legal and illegal drugs seems very clear at first: Drugs like heroin and cocaine are illegal, while prescription drugs -- including heavy-duty painkillers -- are legal.