Drug laws are complicated in Tennessee, and there is plenty of misinformation out there that could lead to you being unprepared in the face of a drug-related accusation or charge. If you have been involved in an alleged drug crime, seeking legal counsel immediately can make the all the difference. At Best And Brock, our criminal lawyers in Chattanooga offer free consultations to help you get started.
Penalties for a drug crime can include:
- Forfeiture of property
- Loss of driver’s license
- Community Service
- Jail or prison time
At Best And Brock, we understand that people make mistakes, and committing a crime does not define who you are as a person. If you have been involved in a drug crime, let us help you protect your future. Our lawyers treat our clients compassionately while aggressively advocating for their rights to the full extent of the law. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions.
DUI/DWI & Implied Consent Laws
By Tennessee law, a driver is driving under the influence if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is above .08 on a breathalyzer. Tennessee is an “implied consent” state, which means that by driving within the state, you have consented to take a chemical intoxication test at the behest of a law enforcement officer. Refusal of a breathalyzer will result in your license being automatically suspended for a period depending on other factors in your case. Best And Brock has handled numerous DUI cases in Tennessee, and many of our new cases have come to us by word-of-mouth. It is the mark of a satisfied client that they recommend us to others.
In some cases, there is the possibility of lighter sentencing or negotiation of penalties within the legal system. These negotiations are undertaken through the defendant’s lawyer, and the more knowledgeable and assertive the defense attorney, the better the outcome for the defendant.
Federal Drug Cases
Many criminal drug charges are federal offenses. Pursuant to federal law, 21 U.S.C. § 841, it is illegal to manufacture, create, or distribute illegal substances. The intent to distribute is included as an offense. If a person is found to have more drugs than are typically for personal use, that person might be charged with distribution or intent to sell, federal drug charges.
The consequences for a federal drug conviction vary considerably based on the type of drug and the amount that was found. Sentences for those found guilty of federal drug charges may include 10 or more years in prison and fines of $10,000 or more. If serious bodily harm occurred as a result of the crime, the guilty party could face life in prison.
Federal drug charges are mandatory for those who possess specific amounts of drugs:
- 50 grams of methamphetamine
- 10 grams of LSD
- 1,000 kilograms of marijuana
- 100 grams of PCP
- 280 grams of cocaine-based substances
- 400 grams of N-phenyl
The penalties increase for those who are repeat offenders. For example, after a prior conviction, a guilty party could receive no less than 20 years in prison. Upon release, parties are required to be placed on supervised probation, which may last 5 years or more. During the probationary period, you are not allowed to associate with a convicted felon, take or sell drugs, or commit any additional crimes.
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