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Drug Crimes
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Aggressive, Experienced Drug Crimes
Attorney in Nashville, TN

Drug charges are serious, you may face severe consequences if you're convicted. In addition to jail time and fines, you could lose your job, reputation, and even your ability to see your children. You must contact an attorney as soon as possible if you've been charged with possessing or distributing controlled substances. An experienced attorney will examine all aspects of your case, including the evidence against you and how law enforcement officials obtained it. 

Andrew C. Beasley, PLLC, has a strong track record of helping clients achieve positive results. As a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, we understand the prosecution's strategy and how to counter it to protect my client's interests throughout the legal process. Please call my office for a free consultation and review of your case today.

Drug Possession Penalties

The severity of the penalties you face will depend on a wide range of factors, including the type and amount of drugs involved. In general, you could face heavy fines, imprisonment, mandatory enrollment in a drug education course, community service, and a mark on your criminal record.

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The specific penalties will be impacted by the type of charge, such as:

  • SIMPLE POSSESSION: Class A misdemeanor, carrying up to 1 year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.
  • SUBSEQUENT POSSESSION OFFENSE: Class E felony that carries up to 6 years in prison and $3,000 in fines.
  • POSSESSION OF PARAPHERNALIA: Class A misdemeanor, carrying just under one year in jail and potential fines.

These repercussions could be increased depending on the specific type of drugs that were found. Some drugs are considered more dangerous and thus elicit more severe penalties and aggressive stances from the prosecution. The most common include marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. Further, the punishment could be heightened if a defendant has previous offenses on their record.

Drug Crimes FAQs

What Are Defenses Against Possession With Intent To Sell Charges?

In Nashville, you can be charged with possession with intent to sell, even if you never committed the crime of distributing or selling drugs. Law enforcement can arrest and charge you with this offense if you possess a certain amount of illegal substance, assuming you intend to engage in further criminal activity.  A conviction carries the penalties for possession and the penalties of distributing drugs. Marijuana charges vary in Tennessee. 

The higher the amount of drugs involved, the more likely law enforcement will seek possession with the intent to distribute or sell charges. Investigators will also look into how the drugs were packaged, whether large amounts of cash were found on the scene and other factors that may indicate a drug operation. Still, proving these claims can be challenging for the prosecution, especially when an aggressive legal advocate is on your side who can utilize the defenses above. If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, it is crucial to seek legal counsel from an experienced Nashville criminal defense lawyer. We have the knowledge necessary to defend you and your future. 

However, many defenses can be employed against these charges, such as:

  • Demonstrating that the drugs were simply for personal use
  • Proving that you did not exercise possession over the substance
  • Showing that an illegal search and seizure was used to obtain evidence
  • Lack of sufficient evidence to prove possession with intent
Can My Drug Conviction Be Expunged From My Record?

It may be challenging to have drug crime convictions expunged from your record. For an expungement to occur, the charges must be dismissed, a judge or jury must return a verdict of not guilty, you must have been arrested without being officially charged, or be in another approved situation. However, if you do not have a previous offense on your record and the charges are less severe, you may be eligible to have the proceedings deferred and placed on probation instead so that no judgment of guilty is entered against you. This will depend on the severity of your charges, your record, and any deal made with the prosecution.

What Does It Mean To Be Over The Threshold Amount Of Drugs?

Possession of drugs can be upgraded to possession with the intent to commit further crimes in certain situations. For example, if you are found to be in possession of a large amount of cocaine, law enforcement may deem that this was not for personal use but instead for resale or distribution. Possession over the threshold amount of drugs for a particular substance can carry heavy penalties and call for a more tough defense.

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