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Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Attorney: Drug Possession

Experience you can trust.

In recent years, the State of Tennessee has been trying to sending a message of zero tolerance for drug infractions. The number of drug charge prosecutions has continued to climb and the penalties are severe. Jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record are what you face when charged with drug possession.

With more than 20 years of experience, Murfreesboro Attorney David L. Scott has a thorough understanding of criminal law and he knows what it takes to effectively defend his clients against all criminal charges. A criminal conviction is a permanent stain on your record. Don’t wait to contact the Law Office of David L. Scott today.

What are the Tennessee drug possession laws?

Possession of a drug, or controlled substance, does not necessarily mean you had drugs on your person. Possession can mean you had drugs near you. When the amount of drugs you were found to be in possession of was in a small enough quantity that you would not be charged with felony possession, intent to sell, or drug trafficking, then you may be charged with simple possession.

Simple drug possession or casual exchange is the lowest drug offense. Depending on what else you had on your person, you may also sustain an additional charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia can include a wide variety of objects, some of which are legal items under different circumstances. A pipe can be considered drug paraphernalia if you admit that it has been used to smoke marijuana. It really depends on not what the item is, but on the item’s use. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor.

For a first-time drug possession charge, it does not matter what drug was found in your possession. It could be marijuana, cocaine, or heroin. The drug possession charge would still be a Class A misdemeanor unless the type or quantity of the drug increases the penalty to a felony. If convicted, you could face:

·         Up to 1 year in jail

·         Up to $2,500 in fines

·         Drug education course

·         Community service work

Subsequent offenses may be punishable as a felony depending upon the drug possessed and the manner of transfer.  Additionally, you will most likely be ordered to take a drug education course and possibly perform a certain number of community service work hours.

Some judges may be willing to allow completion of public service work and/or drug related classes to have your charge dismissed. You may also be required to resolve the simple possession citation through “retirement” meaning you stay out of trouble for a certain period of time and the charges will be dismissed. The possibility of this kind of arrangement can all depend on the county, judge, district attorney and who you hire as your own attorney.

Contact an experienced Murfreesboro drug possession defense attorney

There is nothing simple about a simple drug possession charge. Tennessee can treat individuals charged with a drug offense as already guilty. Know that, despite this, you always remain innocent until proven guilty. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, we stand by our clients in their most trying of times. Dedicated criminal defense attorney David L. Scott aggressively defends his clients within every inch of the law. Contact the Law Office of David L. Scott today by calling 615-896-7656 or go online to schedule a complimentary case evaluation.




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722 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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Nashville, TN 37205

Phone: 615-203-8062

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