Types of Drug Crimes in Tennessee
At the Law Offices of Thomas Maynard, our team is ready to fight on your side. Our drug crimes attorneys represent individuals and their loved ones in a range of litigation related to criminal accusations, including:
- Drug distribution
- Drug possession
- Drug sales
- Drug trafficking
- Possession with the intent to sell
As your advocates, we strive to be proactive—instead of just reactive—as we seek to protect your rights and your future. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can begin examining the details of your case and fighting for justice.
How Does Tennessee Classify Controlled Substances?
Tennessee classifies controlled substances into seven ‘schedules.’ The schedules are based on the drug's danger level and the risk of addiction; in general, the higher the risk for addiction, the greater the level of danger. The schedule ranges from Schedule I (including heroin) to Schedule VII (including drugs commonly known as ‘poppers’).
These ‘schedules’ come into play when you are facing penalties and sentencing. For example, imagine you are a first-time offender who has been charged with the intent to distribute a Schedule 3, 4, or 5 drug (such as anabolic steroids or Xanax). Under Tennessee law, this could lead to incarceration ranging from 1 to 10 years. On the other hand, if you are a first-time offender who has been charged with the intent to distribute a Schedule 1 or 2 drug (such as heroin or cocaine), your incarceration could range from 5 to 30 years.
Potential Consequences if Convicted
The penalties resulting from a drug crime conviction vary greatly, depending on the nature of the charges and the specific substances involved. Whether you were charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, or something you consider to be ‘less significant,’ any kind of drug conviction can carry very real consequences. Our team at the Law Offices of Thomas Maynard can help clients throughout Lebanon and Mount Juliet, and the rest of Tennessee, as they seek protection against the following penalties:
- Suspension of driver's license
- Forfeiture of property
- Heavy fines
- Prison sentences
- Loss of essential rights, like the right to vote or own firearms
These are only the potential legal effects of a conviction. In addition to these punishments, having a misdemeanor or felony drug conviction on your record can negatively impact your ability to find employment, qualify for loans, and more.
Do I Really Need an Attorney?
If you have been arrested or indicted on drug crimes, make no mistake: you need to reach out to a lawyer. Though your charges are serious, the fierce and compassionate representation of skilled criminal defense attorneys on your side can give you a greater chance at a favorable outcome.
When you choose us to represent you, we will take the time to listen to your story and closely examine your case. An arrest requires specific steps and justifiable actions by authorities; any missteps on their part can tip the scales in your favor. We know that your future means everything to you, so we will make every effort to convince the court to reduce or dismiss your charges. No matter the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you are still entitled to your rights in the legal process. Allow us to help you defend them.