Franklin Drug Possession Defense Lawyer
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Drug possession is a serious offense in Tennessee. You may not go to prison for the rest of your life, but you will face some life-changing consequences if convicted. Tennessee has strict laws regarding controlled substances, including marijuana. The penalties you face will depend on the type of drug found in your possession, the quantity, your previous criminal history, if any, and whether or not you are charged with possession with intent to sell or just personal possession. The award-winning Franklin criminal defense lawyer at Larsen Law PLLC can help you work toward a favorable outcome.
What Does Possession Mean?
Possession means you were found smoking or otherwise consuming some type of controlled substance. It can also mean the drugs were found on your person, in your vehicle, your home, your business, or somewhere near you. Whether or not the substances in question actually belonged to you, you will need the services of a skilled attorney who knows how to investigate and strategize on your behalf.
Under Tennessee law, first-offense drug possession whether it is marijuana, heroin, or some other controlled substance, is charged as follows:
- Class A misdemeanor
- Penalties include up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500
In cases where the quantity is more than simple possession and/or you have two previous marijuana convictions or one previous conviction of heroin, cocaine, or another hard drug, you will likely face a felony charge. Felony charges are punished by one to six years in prison and fines of up to $3,000. Furthermore, if you are found with drug paraphernalia, you will face a separate charge for that offense, which is another Class A misdemeanor.
If convicted of methamphetamine or other amphetamine-related drug possession, you may be added to the Tennessee Drug Offender Registry which gives the public access to this information. Tennessee also requires that anyone convicted of a drug possession crime take a drug education course.
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