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Tennessee Drug Paraphernalia Charge – What to Know

Throughout Tennessee, you can legally purchase vape pens and other smoking-assisted products, but these can still be considered drug paraphernalia in certain circumstances. Believe it or not, the criminal charge of possessing drug paraphernalia is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and 11 months 29 days in jail. A paraphernalia crime in Tennessee is usually found when a defendant is also charged with more serious drug-related offenses.

For instance, an individual in Tennessee found to be possessing 1 pound of marijuana and scales will be charged with the felony Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Manufacture/Deliver/Sell and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Each separate crime carries a different sentence.

The following items can be considered drug paraphernalia in Tennessee:

· Vape pens and cartridges

· Rolling papers

· Roach clips

· Bongs or pipes

· Needles or spoons

· Bags or containers used to store or transport narcotics

Being charged with any crime, even possession of drug paraphernalia can have long-term effects on you. The criminal defense lawyers at The Chiozza Law Firm are eager to work for you, trying to limit your exposure to possible criminal charges. Our attorneys have over 60 years of combined experience working with prosecutors in Shelby County. We have consistently represented Memphis and Shelby County residents who have made mistakes and are looking for confidential, knowledgeable, and compassionate legal representation. We also believe in charging a reasonable fee for our services, one you can afford while allowing us to fight for your rights. Facing criminal charges of any type is stressful enough, therefore we believe in charging a reasonable fee that won’t place additional and unneeded stress on you or your family. We happily work out fee arrangements with all our clients.

Call 901-526-9494 to speak with an attorney or feel free to drop by our office, conveniently located just a block behind 201 Poplar in downtown Memphis. No appointment is necessary, and all consultations are confidential and free of charge. To learn more about the crimes and punishment related to misdemeanors and felonies please click here.


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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 1:46 PM
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