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What to Do About a Drug Charge in Tennessee

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Campbell County Drug Lawyers

Every year, many thousands of Americans are arrested on drug charges. Law enforcement and the courts aggressively pursue drug possession and trafficking convictions. Drug-related violations of any kind can come with life-changing implications. If you have been arrested for a drug crime, it is imperative you consult with a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately. 

Impact of a Drug Conviction 

In the state of Tennessee, drug charges can be quite harsh. A first-time possession conviction results in a Class A misdemeanor. With a conviction can come fines of over $2,000 and up to one year in prison. If you have been previously convicted of two or more criminal acts, a possession charge automatically constitutes a felony. Criminal punishments depend on the amount of narcotics and the type of substance involved.

If law enforcement believes you intended to sell illegal narcotics, the legal punishment is much more substantial than a simple possession charge. Any charges of distribution or intent to distribute usually result in felonies. In Tennessee, drug-related felony charges range from an E to A felony. Class E felonies carry a maximum prison sentence of two years, whereas a Class A felony conviction could result in 25 years in prison. 

A drug-related crime of any severity can severely impact your life, outside of the potential fines and jail time. Having a drug conviction on your criminal record can hinder your ability to find employment or housing, and can eliminate financial aid for schooling opportunities. 

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Drug Crimes Lawyer

If you have been arrested for a drug offense, it is important to act quickly. With the assistance of a quality legal team, you may be able to avoid substantial fines or possible jail time. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, our team is prepared to aggressively represent you throughout the legal process in pursuit of the best possible outcome. To schedule a free consultation with a Campbell County criminal defense attorney, call us today at 423-449-7980. 

Sources:

https://codes.findlaw.com/tn/title-29-remedies-and-special-proceedings/tn-code-sect-29-38-104.html

https://codes.findlaw.com/tn/title-39-criminal-offenses/tn-code-sect-39-17-417.html

https://codes.findlaw.com/tn/title-39-criminal-offenses/tn-code-sect-39-17-425.html

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