Murfreesboro Drug Possession Attorneys are Your Most Powerful Resource Against Even the Most Serious Drug Charges
Rely on our more than four decades of experience to fight for your rights and protect your best interests
Drug possession charges range from relatively minor to very serious depending upon the specific circumstances of your situation. At the law firm of Dotson & Taylor, our Murfreesboro drug possession attorneys have the legal skill and experience, in both negotiation and litigation, you need for your best chance at a successful drug case resolution. Our lawyers’ investigative resources are thorough. Our talents at negotiation are well-known. Our combined decades of service to the falsely-accused have built a notable reputation for results in Murfreesboro and throughout Tennessee. Whether you’ve been arrested for the first time for a small amount of marijuana, or are facing severe penalties for distributing large amounts of narcotics, we’re ready to help you craft the best defense possible.
A comprehensive guide to understanding what drug possession charges mean
To understand Tennessee’s criminal drug laws, it is important to understand the basics. Tennessee law specifically prohibits knowingly possessing or casually exchanging a controlled substance unless you have a valid prescription from a licensed doctor. Simple possession charges are typically misdemeanor offenses. However, if you give drugs to a minor that is two or more years younger you may face felony charges. If you have two or more prior drug possession convictions, you may also automatically face felony charges. Typically, the primary consequences of a simple drug possession charge involve community service in a drug or alcohol treatment center and participation in a drug offender school. The consequences are much more serious if you are found in possession of any type and amount of methamphetamine. Methamphetamine possession convictions are punishable by at least 30 days in jail.
Penalties for drug possession in Tennessee are highly dependent on the type and amount of drugs involved
In Tennessee, drugs are divided into six different Schedules depending upon their specific attributes. The classifications are:
Schedule I – Schedule I drugs are considered to have the highest potential for abuse and no accepted medical use in the United States. These drugs include opiates and its derivatives, depressants and hallucinogens.
Schedule II – These drugs have a high potential for abuse, but are accepted for medical use under strict restrictions. Common Schedule II drugs include oxycodone, hydrocodone and codeine.
Schedule III – Schedule III drugs have a potential for abuse, are used for accepted medical treatments and may lead to a moderate or low physical dependence and high psychological dependence. Many stimulants, depressants, barbiturates and steroids fall into Schedule III.
Schedule IV, V and VI drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and dependence. Marijuana and its synthetic counterparts are considered Schedule VI drugs due to their extremely low potential for abuse and dependence.
Possession of a Schedule I narcotic is one of the most serious drug offenses and is a Class B felony punishable by up to $100,000 in fines, jail time and mandatory registration with the state Drug Offender Registry. If you’ve been found in possession of a controlled substance, you need to speak with an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
Let our experienced Murfreesboro drug possession attorneys develop the strongest defense for you
At Dotson & Taylor, our criminal defense attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and mitigating the consequences of your arrest. We represent clients in drug possession cases from Middle Tennessee cities such as Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Franklin, Brentwood, Woodbury, Hendersonville, Gallatin, Lebanon, Mount Juliet, McMinnville, Manchester, Shelbyville, Lewisburg, Spring Hill and Columbia. To discuss your case, contact us online or call 615-890-1982. Your first consultation is free.