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Understanding a drug paraphernalia charge

In Tennessee, possession of drug paraphernalia is a separate criminal charge usually associated with a charge of drug possession, production, intent to sell, etc. Per Section 39-17-425 of the Tennessee Code, personal possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor, the penalty for conviction of which is a jail sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days and/or a fine of up to $2,500. If, however, the conviction is for possession with the intent to sell or deliver illegal drugs, this is a Class E felony, the penalty for which is a prison sentence of up to two years and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

Drug courts strike a balance between accountability and treatment

If you have a court date looming for a Tennessee drug charge, you may have concerns about the penalties you may face if convicted, and whether you will have to serve any time behind bars. You may also recognize that you may not have acted in a criminal manner in the first place if it were not for your drug addiction, as many drug addicts engage in such behavior in an effort to feed their addictions.

Sharing a prescription is no big deal, right? Wrong

At the Law Office of Rob McKinney, we understand that there are serious drug charges that can make others seem minor in comparison. However, we know that any charge is serious, especially if you didn’t realize you might be committing a crime. Like many Tennessee residents, you might not give a second thought to handing a prescription pill to a friend or family member if you think it could help, but this might get you in legal trouble.

When ADHD medication could get you in trouble

When a doctor identifies the medication that finally makes a difference for a person diagnosed with ADHD in Tennessee, it can lead to a huge improvement in the quality of life for the patient. People who rely on their medications to function well are often careful to take them at the right times and in the right doses. This could mean having the prescriptions with them when they are away from home.

Can a drug conviction lead to a loss of financial aid?

If one of your children attends college in Nashville or another part of Tennessee, he or she may, like many college students, go to a few wild parties or engage in a little experimentation now and then. When that experimentation involves drugs, however, it can lead to some serious collateral consequences, one of which might be a loss of financial aid.

What is constructive possession?

Being charged with drug possession in Tennessee is no laughing matter. Depending on the quantity of drugs the prosecutor alleges you possessed, you could face stiff penalties if convicted. To convict you, however, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the drugs were yours. If officers found them in your pocket, that is pretty straightforward. But what if they found them in the unlocked console of your car and the car was occupied not only by you, but also by three passengers? Now it is not so straightforward. Whose drugs were they?

Will Tennessee be the next state to legalize medical marijuana?

If you are a Tennessee resident who suffers from an illness that might benefit from cannabis, a/k/a marijuana, treatment, you will be happy to know that a bill has just been introduced in the Tennessee House of Representatives. If passed into law, this bill would legalize medical marijuana in our state.

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