Even though possession of illegal drugs is a serious offense in Tennessee, possession with the intent to sell, deliver or manufacture is far worse. If you find yourself facing such charges, it is crucial that you speak to a criminal defense lawyer to learn what your legal rights and options may be.
If you have questions about drug-related criminal offenses in Tennessee, Shults Law Office can help. We recognize the importance of examining every aspect of your case, particularly if the charges against you rely heavily upon disputable evidence.
Fine Line Between A Misdemeanor And Felony Drug Crime
While drug crimes carry some of the most severe penalties in all of criminal law, they can become even harsher depending on the allegations. For instance, even though some lesser offenses are class A misdemeanors ― such as the simple possession of marijuana ― many others are felonies, including:
- The manufacturing of an illegal drug
- The delivery of an illegal drug
- The sale of an illegal drug
- The possession of an illegal drug with the intent to manufacture, deliver or sell
If police arrest you on one of these offenses, you will face a felony, although the level of felony depends on the amount of the drug involved and its classification, or schedule.
For example, possession with the intent to sell a Schedule I drug, such as heroin, is a class B felony, punishable by up to a $100,000 fine and eight to 30 years in jail. However, if the same offense involves 15 grams or more of heroin, the charge increases to a class B felony.
Similarly, if the alleged crime involves less than .5 grams of cocaine or methamphetamine ― Schedule II drugs ― it is considered a class C felony, and rises to a class B felony if more than .5 grams is involved.
Drug Charges Are Serious, Contact An Attorney Today
Narcotic and drug crimes can be very complex, with even the slightest variation in facts leading to different charges and potentially harsher penalties. If you have been arrested on a drug-related offense and need to speak to a knowledgeable drug crimes attorney, contact Shults Law Office today.
For a FREE initial consultation, email our firm or call us at 865-280-1084. We represent clients in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas.