Knoxville Drug Crime Attorneys
Tennessee Drug Crime Laws
It is not unusual for a person to be charged with multiple drug offenses at once. Simply being found with drugs on your person or property can lead law enforcement to draw all kinds of conclusions. Though you should only be charged for crimes that can be definitively proved, the prosecution will typically add many other charges to your case in order to make it more damming.
Drug charges may include:
- Drug possession
- Manufacture, delivery, or sale of drugs
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Prescription drug crimes
Additionally, violation of certain drug laws within one thousand feet of a school, daycare, library, recreational center, or park results in enhanced charges and penalties. Our experienced Knoxville drug crime lawyers know how to fight charges that should never have been made in the first place. Investigating cases, finding contradictions in testimony, and reviewing police procedure to ensure your rights were not violated is part of our job.
We offer free initial consultations. Call (865) 544-2010 to request an in-person or over-the-phone appointment.
What Are the Drug Penalties in Tennessee?
For Schedule I Drugs (including heroin and psychedelics) and Schedule II Drugs (including opiates/opioids, cocaine and methamphetamines), purchase or possession may result in 2-15 years in prison for a first offense and 5-30 years for a second offense.
Additionally, the sale or intent to distribute these drugs may result in 5-30 years in prison for a first offense and 10-40 years or life for a second offense.
For Schedule III Drugs (including anabolic steroids), Schedule IV Drugs (including Xanax and Valium) and Schedule V Drugs (including Tylenol with Codeine), purchase or possession may result in 1-5 years in prison for a first offense and 1-10 years for a second offense.
Lastly, the sale or intent to distribute these substances may result in 1-10 years in prison.
Eldridge & Blakney, PC Drug Legal Counsel
At Eldridge & Blakney our criminal defense lawyers are fully committed to our clients. We understand that criminal offenses, especially drug crimes, can impact the rest of your life, and this is why we aim to present the strongest defense possible for every case.
There are many laws pertaining to drug crimes and they vary state to state – not to mention the federal regulations, which can include criminal offenses that are legal within the state. This is why people can still be arrested for marijuana possession in Tennessee even if their state has legalized it. Our Knoxville drug crime lawyers are knowledgeable in both state and federal drug law. We can provide the informed counsel you need to get through this.
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