If you were recently arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance in the State of Tennessee you are probably worried about the outcome of your case and the potential punishment you face if convicted of the charges against you. The unique nature of a criminal prosecution makes it important for you to consult with an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney for specific advice regarding your case. Some general information about the potential punishments for possession of a controlled substance in Tennessee may be helpful as well.
Although marijuana remains illegal in the State of Tennessee, the penalties for possession of marijuana are typically lighter than those for possession of other drugs. Like most states, Tennessee divides drugs into two broad categories – marijuana and all other controlled substances. The controlled substance category is then further sub-divided based on the classification of the substance.
Tennessee classifies controlled substances using the same basis system as the U.S. federal government. Drugs are labeled as a Schedule I through Schedule VII drug depending on the risk of addiction and whether or not the drug has any legitimate medicinal purpose. Schedule I drugs, for example, have a very high risk of addiction and no known medicinal purpose. LSD and heroin are examples of Schedule I drugs.
The potential penalties you face for possession of a controlled substance in Tennessee will depend on what schedule the drug falls into and the amount of the drug in question. Possession of a controlled substance can be charged as anything from a Class E to a Class A felony in Tennessee with class E being the least serious felony and class A being the most serious. Consequently, you could face anywhere from one to six years in prison for conviction of a class E felony to up to 60 years in prison for conviction of a class A felony.
Whether you are facing a class E or a class A felony for possession of a controlled substance in Tennessee the consequences of a conviction will be far-reaching and long-lasting. For this reason alone it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and begin working on your defense. Contact the experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorneys at Bennett, Michael & Hornsby today by calling 615-898-1560 to schedule your appointment.