Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Lawyer Aggressively Fights Marijuana Possession Charges
25 January 2017IN: Criminal Law
Dedicated to creating a defense strategy that minimizes jail time and other penalties
Cultural values surrounding marijuana use have changed significantly in recent decades. Many people use marijuana recreationally, and some even use it for relief from chronic illness. States like California and Vermont have laws allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal reasons, and some states — like Colorado and Oregon — have even passed laws allowing the use of recreational marijuana. Unfortunately, Tennessee still has rather strict laws surrounding marijuana use. Even possession of a small amount of marijuana can lead to very harsh penalties, including a year in jail. The Murfreesboro criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of David L. Scott is ready to defend those charged with marijuana possession. Trust us to explore all possibilities and create a strong defense strategy.
What are the penalties for marijuana possession in Tennessee?
Even if you are a first-time offender, if you have any amount of marijuana in your possession, you can be charged with a misdemeanor and be sentenced to one year in jail and fined up to $250. The more times you are arrested, or the greater the amount in your possession, the steeper the penalties will be. Here is a breakdown of the penalties for a charge of marijuana possession:
- 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $500 for a second offense with a half ounce or less
- 1 to 6 years in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 for a third offense with a half ounce or less (now a felony charge)
- 1 to 6 years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 for possession of more than a half ounce but less than 10 pounds
If you are found in possession of a large amount of marijuana — even if it is for your personal use — you can be charged with possession with the intent to sell or deliver, which carries more serious penalties. The most serious penalties include up to 60 years in prison and fines of up to $200,000. Any extenuating circumstances, such as the involvement of minors or possession in a restricted area like a prison or a school zone, can increase the penalties. A drug conviction can stay on your criminal record for years, which can make it difficult for you to get or keep employment. That’s why it is so important to work with an experienced Murfreesboro drug lawyer to fight the charges. Our skilled Murfreesboro drug lawyer carefully reviews your case to determine the right defense and fights hard to protect your rights and your future.
Potential defense strategies for a marijuana possession charge
There are many legal options for defending a marijuana charge, as the evidence used to prosecute these cases is often questionable. Our lawyer may question:
- Whether the police had a legal right to search you
- If the police can prove that the marijuana found on your property actually belongs to you
- The poor quality of audio or video recordings that are meant to prove illegal activity
- The reliability of witnesses offering testimony
- The authenticity of the testimony provided by informants who may have been promised legal protections or a reduced sentence for their cooperation
Our Murfreesboro drug lawyer has defended many marijuana cases and understands the numerous ways to challenge the evidence that may be used to prosecute the case. By building a strong defense, we can reduce the chances that you will serve any time in jail or pay steep fines.
Call to work with an experienced Murfreesboro drug lawyer with a record of results.