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Drug charges carry serious penalties

In Tennessee, two main factors control what kind of trouble you will be in if facing a possible drug charge. The factors are the type of drug involved and the amount of the drug. Tennessee has adopted a classification system for different drug types. Each class of drug carries potential penalties if you are found to be criminally involved with it.

The criminal justice system is complex and there are severe consequences if you cannot manage to successfully navigate it. The experienced Murfreesboro criminal defense attorney David L. Scott from Law Office of David L. Scott has the legal knowledge and skill to successfully defend you against any drug charge you come up against. Don’t try to go through this alone, there is too much at stake.

How do drug charges vary by drug type in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, drugs are classified in different “schedule” categories. The classifications are based on several factors including:

·         Potential for abuse

        ·          Potential of physical or psychological dependency

        ·         Whether or not the drug has any accepted medical use

Drugs range from Schedule I to schedule VII. The classifications are as follows:

        ·         Schedule I: This includes drugs with the highest risk of being abused. Additionally, these drugs  have no accepted medical use and there is a high risk of addiction or dependency. Heroin and opiates fall into this category. Manufacturing, delivering, or possession with intent to sell a Schedule I drug is generally considered a Class B felony. This could land you in prison for 8-12 years.

        ·         Schedule II: These drugs carry a strong potential for abuse, but do have some legitimate medical uses. Codeine, PCP, and methadone fall into this drug classification Depending on the amount and whether there was an intent to sell or manufacture, drug charges with a Schedule II drug are considered Class A, B, or C felonies. This means you could be jailed anywhere form 3-6 years for a Class C felony to 15-25 years for a Class A felony.

        ·         Schedule III: There is moderate potential for abuse of these drugs. They include narcotics, appetite suppressants, and anabolic steroids. Drug offenses involving Schedule III drugs are usually Class D felonies.

        ·         Schedule IV: This category includes tranquilizers and sedatives. Possible dependency is involved and there are some accepted medical uses. Class C or D felonies usually result from Schedule IV drug charges.

        ·         Schedule V: These are narcotics that have some medicinal uses and low dependency risks. Tylenol with codeine is one such drug. Schedule V drugs carry possible Class E felony charges

        ·         Schedule VI: This is the classification marijuana falls within. The risk of physical dependency is low. Large amounts of marijuana may result in felony charges, but generally, charges will be within the misdemeanor range.

        ·         Schedule VII: This group only includes Butyl Nitrate, also referred to as “poppers.”

No matter the drug charge, our Murfreesboro drug defense attorney aggressively defends you

Jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record is a lot to face on your own. Tennessee criminal defense attorney David L. Scott has 20 years of experience rigorously defending clients and he is here to help you fight all criminal charges. Contact the Law Office of David L. Scott today by calling 615-896-7656 or go online to schedule a free case evaluation.

 
 
 

 

 

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