Criminal Defense

Simple Possession, drug sales and conspiracies, assaults, murder and attempted murder, domestic violence, shoplifting, theft, embezzlement, felonies, misdemeanors, violent and non-violent crimes.

 

Drugs: Tennessee Drug Schedule

Tennessee law categorizes drugs according to a schedule similar to the Federal drug schedules.  The Tennessee drug schedule includes 7 categories (Schedule I – VII). Drugs listed in Schedule I are considered more dangerous and addictive.  They are punished with stiffer penalties in smaller quantities than drugs in Schedules II – VII.  Drugs such as opiates and codeine may appear in multiple schedules due to weight…

 

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Marijuana

While marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized in other states, it is still illegal in Tennessee to have marijuana or the things used to consume it (pipes, bongs, grinders, etc.) in your possession.

 

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Cocaine

Cocaine possession is treated harshly under Tennessee law.  More than .5 grams is generally charged as Possession with Intent to Sell.

 

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Prescription Drugs

It is a crime to possess prescription drugs in Tennessee without a valid prescription.  Carrying your pills “loose” outside of a prescription bottle or pill box can lead to criminal charges.  A Simple Possession charge can sometimes be cleared up with proof of a valid, current prescription.

 

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Simple Possession

According to T.C.A §39-17-418, any drug can be “simply possessed” in Tennessee depending on the circumstances.  Felony drug charges can even be reduced to misdemeanor simple possession with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

 

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Asset Seizure And Forfeiture

When the police take your property, certain procedures must be followed.  The police must obtain a forfeiture warrant signed by a judge for your property and you have the right to have an administrative hearing before the property seizure becomes permanent.

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Drugs: Intent To Sell And Drug Conspiracies

Metro Police and other investigative agencies are charging more and more citizens with drug dealing for relatively small quantities of drugs.

 

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Crimes Of Violence

If you are accused of a violent crime in Tennessee it is important to begin your defense early. Witness testimony and evidence in your favor can quickly disappear if not preserved.

 

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Bond And Bail

In Tennessee, bond and bail are often used interchangeably. Initial bond amounts are set by magistrate judges when they review police officer’s arrest warrant statements. The only consideration is often the statements of the police officers and any criminal background information that may be in court records.

 

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