Being caught in possession of a controlled substance is a serious offense. However, being accused of intending to sell those drugs or other serious felony drug charges can be far more damaging. If you are facing serious felony drug charges in Tennessee you need an experienced defense attorney fighting on your behalf in the courts.
We are prepared to challenge these accusations in court and defend you from an aggressive prosecution. We will file motions to suppress evidence against you and discover any the information the police have gathered against you in order to refute it and raise reasonable doubt.
How are Tennessee Drug Charges Categorized?
Tennessee law classifies drugs into certain “schedules” based on how dangerous they are and the risk of abuse they pose. Those schedules are as follows:
Schedule I drugs include those that are the most dangerous and have a high risk of addiction or dependency and no legitimate medical use. Drugs included under this heading include LSD, heroin, and mescaline.
Schedule II substances still have a high risk of abuse but may have legitimate medical uses. These include things like opium, cocaine, methadone, methamphetamines, and amphetamines.
Schedule III drugs are slightly less dangerous than Schedule II substances, but still have a moderate risk of abuse. Schedule III substances include anabolic steroids, testosterone, ketamine, and some depressants.
Schedule IV drugs have a slight risk of dependency and have very acceptable medical uses. Some Schedule IV drugs are clonazepam, tranquilizers, and sedatives.
Schedule V substances have a very low risk of dependency and include things like Tylenol with Codeine.
Schedule VI includes marijuana which is thought to have a very low risk of physical dependency.
Schedule VII includes only Butyl Nitrate also called “poppers”.
Tennessee Felony Controlled Substance / Drug Charges
It is a crime to do any of the following:
1) Manufacture a controlled substance
2) Deliver a controlled substance
3) Sell a controlled substance, or
4) Possess a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell
How you are charged for these offenses and the sentence you may face depends on the substance you are caught with, what you were doing or intending to do with it, and the amount you have.
For instance, if you are caught in any of the above violations and the controlled substance is classified as a Schedule I substance, the charge you will face is a Class B felony which is punishable by 8-30 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
However, if the controlled substance in question is methamphetamines (a schedule II substance) you face Class B felony charges if the amount you had is over .5 grams or Class C felony charges if the amount is less than .5 grams.
Charges under this law range from Class E felonies (the least severe) to Class A felonies carrying a potential sentence of up to 60 years.
Ref: TCA 39-17-417
Free Case Evaluation for Tennessee Criminal Drug Charges
If you are facing serious felony drug charges in Tennessee, there is no time to waste in preparing a legal defense. The sooner we can get working on a case, the more likely it is that we can challenge the evidence against you, and work to protect you from the most serious outcomes.
We can provide you with legal information specific to the charges you are facing. But more importantly, we can offer suggestions and hope in how we can protect you in court.
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