Established Murfreesboro Drug Defense Lawyers
Skilled defense against narcotics charges
As authorities continue to crack down on drug crimes in Tennessee, the likelihood of being arrested on narcotics charges increases. Depending on what you’re charged with, being convicted could result in a prison sentence and a hefty fine. In some circumstances, courts can also order offenders to cover government costs associated with the removal of hazardous materials, or any private property damage stemming from illegal activities. When you are confronted with these possibilities, the knowledgeable Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley provide the strong defense strategies you need.
Most Tennessee crimes can be linked to drugs
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation estimates that the vast majority of crimes committed in the state are somehow linked to illegal narcotics. Here’s what’s happening:
- People are making methamphetamine at hundreds of sites scattered across the state
- More people are now making heroin their drug of choice
- With the introduction of fentanyl – an especially lethal ingredient – heroin now poses a greater threat to users and authorities than ever
- Prescription drug abuse is also taking a heavy toll in communities throughout the state, and the problem is so pervasive that Tennessee ranks among the top five states in the country for the activity
Tennessee drug laws – know the basics
State law prohibits the deliberate sale, delivery, or creation of narcotics. Furthermore, it is illegal to have drugs commonly referred to by law as controlled substances if you intend to produce, distribute or sell them. The penalties for violating these laws vary depending on several circumstances, including but not limited to the type and amount of drug involved. For example:
- The willful violation of drug laws involving 0.5 grams or more of cocaine or methamphetamine is punishable upon conviction as a Class B felony. A maximum fine of $100,000 may also be imposed.
- If the amount of cocaine or methamphetamine – or substance containing those narcotics – involved in the offense is less than 0.5 grams, the crime is punishable as a Class C felony upon conviction. A maximum fine of $100,000 may also be imposed.
- Anyone who knowingly engages in, or collaborates with others to engage in, criminal activity that involves a substance containing at least 15 grams of heroin risks being convicted of a Class B felony offense. Once a guilty plea is entered or a jury reaches a guilty verdict, you can be fined up to $200,000.
On top of that, simply having or sharing controlled substances – including those that aren’t prescribed by a qualified health provider – is also illegal. So if you get caught with drugs that you plan to use yourself or share with a friend, you’ll be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. If you’ve been caught and convicted at least twice before, the offense becomes a Class E felony.
In Tennessee, narcotics charges are serious – consult our Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys today
At Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley our dedicated Murfreesboro drug defense lawyers provide clients facing narcotics charges with the support they need from the initial meeting through the entire process. Visit our office at 112 South Maple Street in Murfreesboro, or call us at (615) 893-1331. You can also contact us online to schedule an appointment.