Drug Crimes

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Knoxville Drug Crimes Defense Lawyers 

The penalties for a drug crime conviction in Tennessee are often severe. Even a first-time, misdemeanor offense for drug possession can result in up to a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. If you have been arrested or charged for a drug crime in Knox or Anderson Counties, do not wait to contact S|D Law for the representation you deserve. We have advocated tirelessly for the rights and freedoms of thousands of individuals. Our Knoxville drug crimes defense lawyers are at the ready to do the same for you. To discuss the details of your case and find out what our firm can offer, schedule a free in-person or virtual consultation. 

Call (865) 276-8441 or send us a message online. We represent clients in Knox and Anderson Counties. 

Tennessee Drug Charges 

In Tennessee, drug charges are grouped into five categories based on the type of drug and the nature of the offense. 

These categories include:

  1. Simple Possession: This is when a person is found to have a controlled substance such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, but the amount of the drug is small enough that it is likely not intended for distribution. 
  2. Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver: This is when an individual is found to have a controlled substance and there is evidence they intended to sell or distribute it to others. Examples of evidence include large quantities of the drug, packaging materials, and drug paraphernalia. 
  3. Sale of a Controlled Substance: This is when a person sells any quantity of a controlled substance.
  4. Drug Trafficking: This is when an individual is involved in the transportation, distribution, or sale of a volume of drugs anywhere between 0.5 oz to hundreds of pounds.
  5. Manufacturing or Cultivation: This is when a person participates in the production or cultivation of controlled substances. Examples of this offense include growing marijuana or manufacturing methamphetamine.

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Penalties for Tennessee Drug Offenses 

The penalties for drug crimes in Tennessee range from misdemeanors to felonies. Simple possession is a misdemeanor and can result in up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500. On the other end of the spectrum, a sale of a controlled substance is a felony and can lead to years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines, depending on the amount sold. 

Penalties for the other three types of charges are as follows: 

  • Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell is a felony offense that can result in as little as a year in jail or up to 30 years. The fines for a conviction can amount to tens of thousands of dollars, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for the most severe offenses.
  • Drug trafficking is a felony in Tennessee. The penalties for this offense depend on the type of drug and the amount. Individuals who have been convicted of this crime can face years in prison and thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
  • Manufacturing or cultivating a controlled substance in our state is a felony. Penalties for this crime include years to decades of imprisonment and fines that, much like trafficking, can range from thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.  
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