Tipton County Drug Crimes Attorneys
Aggressive Defense Against Drug Charges in Tennessee
Drug-related charges are not easy cases to handle, as many factors can influence the weight of your charge, such as the amount of drugs in question and your prior convictions. The legal team at Huffman Mason, PLLC is committed to creating aggressive and innovative defense strategies for our clients. Do not hesitate to contact us today for legal representation to fight your drug crime charge.
Are you facing drug charges in Tennessee? Call Huffman Mason, PLLC today at (901) 295-0100 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our drug crimes lawyers in Tipton County!
What are the Penalties For Drug Crimes?
If you've been caught in possession of drugs in Tennessee, you could face a number of charges depending on the amount and type of drugs, your criminal history, and the type of action involving the drug. Possible penalties include:
- Forfeiture of property
- Suspension of driver's license
- Jail and/or prison time
- Community service
Further, note that a felony conviction can carry additional consequences, such as loss of voting and firearm privileges, large fines, and exclusion from certain places of employment.
Types of Drug Crimes
At Huffman Mason, PLLC we have experience handling all types of crimes including:
- Drug Possession
- Drug Sales
- Drug Trafficking & Manufacturing
What is Simple Possession?
Simple possession is the lowest drug offense in Tennessee and is charged as a misdemeanor. The charge will be considered a misdemeanor for a first-time offender, regardless of the drug involved. Simple possession is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $2,500. If you possess half an ounce or more or are a second-time offender, you can be charged with a felony, which carries a potential sentence of 1 to 6 years in jail and fines of up to $3,000.
Possession with Intent to Sell
Intent to sell is a more severe drug offense and is considered a felony offense in Tennessee, as it is a step up from mere possession into potential drug trafficking. If a law enforcement officer determines that the amount of drugs found in your possession is greater than what would be used for recreational use, then they can charge you with possession with intent.
What are the Penalties for Drug Trafficking & Manufacturing?
The mandatory minimum penalties include jail time, and you will likely face fines and probation. The minimum prison sentence for a manufacturing conviction is one year, regardless of whether the drugs were manufactured for sale or personal use.
Is Marijuana Legal in Tennessee?
In Tennessee, marijuana is currently only legal for medical use with a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider. However, in July 2021, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a bill that reduces the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and also expunges past marijuana-related convictions. This new law applies to possessing up to one ounce of marijuana. The penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana have been reduced from criminal misdemeanors to civil penalties. Possession of one ounce or less will now be punishable by a fine of $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense, and $250 for the third and subsequent offenses. However, it is essential to note that the sale, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana remain illegal in Tennessee, and these activities can result in serious criminal charges. Additionally, marijuana possession and use are still considered federal crimes, and it is essential to consult an attorney familiar with both state and federal laws regarding marijuana. If you are facing charges related to marijuana, contact our Tipton County drug crimes lawyer to understand your rights and potential defenses!
Contact Our Tipton County Drug Crimes Lawyers Today
You should seek legal counsel immediately if you have been charged with a drug crime. The Huffman Mason. PLLC legal team can help you build an aggressive and dynamic defense. You can expect a professional and innovative defense, and our combined 40 years of experience will create a compelling and airtight defense against your drug-related charge.
Contact Huffman Mason, PLLC, today to schedule a consultation with one of our drug crimes attorneys in Tipton County!