At Baker Associates, we have worked diligently to develop a strong rapport with other professionals in the legal and law enforcement communities. As former Tennessee state prosecutors, our Nashville criminal defense attorneys understand the inner workings of the government’s legal machine and work to gather evidence that allows us to fight drug offense charges by finding weaknesses in the government’s case.What Do You Do if You Have Been Charged or Indicted for a Drug Offense?
- Retain a defense attorney with experience in defending drug offenses and
- Remain silent until you have an opportunity to consult with an attorney.
There is a large variety of drug offenses such as drug possession, drug trafficking, or illegally obtaining prescription medication. Drug violations have steadily decreased since 2015 and over 50% of the narcotics violations are for simple possession of drugs. Below are two of the most common drug charges prosecuted in Tennessee.
Simple Possession or Casual Exchange: Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-418
- It is an offense for a person to knowingly possess or casually exchange a controlled substance
- It is an offense for a person to distribute a small amount of marijuana (less than 1/2 ounce)
A violation of this statute is a Class A misdemeanor. However, if the casual exchange is between a minor and an adult who is at least two years older than the minor and is aware the person is a minor, the violation is classified as a felony.
Manufacture, Sale, Delivery, and/or Felony Possession: Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-417
- It is an offense for a defendant to knowingly:
- Manufacture, deliver, or sell a controlled substance; or
- Possess a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell.
If you have been charged with a drug offense in Tennessee and need a criminal defense lawyer, contact Baker Associates today for a free evaluation of your case.