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Possession of Prescription Drugs in TN

Defending Against Possession Charges Involving Prescription Drugs in Murfreesboro

Everyone should be aware that certain drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, are unlawful substances and possession is prohibited in Tennessee. However, too many people fail to recognize that the possession of prescription drugs without a valid prescription is also strictly against the law. You might think that getting a few pills from a friend who has a prescription is not a big deal, though you could end up in handcuffs and facing criminal charges.

A drug possession charge is a serious issue, no matter what type of drugs are involved. You need the representation of an experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer right away. Call Dotson & Taylor to discuss your defense today.

Arrests for Prescription Drug Possession

The law prohibits having any type of prescription drugs without a valid prescription, even if the drug seems harmless to you. Some of the most common prescriptions involved in criminal cases include:

  • Opioid painkillers, including oxycodone (Percocet and Oxycontin) and hydrocodone (Norco)
  • Stimulants and amphetamines for ADHD and other disorders, such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, and Mydayis
  • Sedatives and anti-anxiety medications, including Ambien, Valium, and Xanax

The opioid crisis in Tennessee and across the United States has led to greater efforts by law enforcement officers to stop the unlawful sale, possession, and use of prescription opioids. If you are found with any type of drugs without the authority to possess them, you can be arrested on the spot.

Once you are arrested, police officers should inform you of your Miranda rights before they ask any questions about the suspected offense. These rights include the right to remain silent and the right to call an attorney. You should always exercise these rights and contact a criminal defense lawyer before answering any questions by law enforcement officers. Exercising your rights can only help your case, so never hesitate to do so.

Possible Penalties

While the first offense for drug possession (for personal use) in Tennessee is a Class A misdemeanor, never mistake this for a minor charge. Class A misdemeanor drug convictions can come with any or all of the following penalties:

  • $2,500 fine
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Drug offender school

For a third or subsequent offenses, the charge becomes a felony, which can mean one to six years in state prison. It is important to defend against drug possession charges and avoid a conviction whenever possible.

Our legal team can identify the available defenses in each particular case, which might include:

  • 4th Amendment violations
  • You had a valid prescription for the drugs
  • Challenging constructive possession allegations
  • Forensic lab errors

We also regularly engage in negotiations with the prosecutor for a favorable plea deal when appropriate to minimize the penalties of a conviction.

Contact a Murfreesboro Drug Crime Defense Lawyer to Discuss Your Charges

Dotson & Taylor represents clients facing all types of drug possession charges. To speak with an aggressive and experienced drug possession defense attorney in Murfreesboro,

call 615-890-1982 or contact us online today.