Drug Related Offenses
If you have been arrested for a drug related crime in Memphis you are probably feeling scared and confused about what the future may bring. Drug crimes are
some of the most aggressively prosecuted crimes in the state, and the nation, especially in the case of a drug trafficking charge. A drug crime conviction
can significantly jeopardize your future. You may face fines, a prison sentence, and other court ordered penalties that can alter the course of your life.
If you have been accused of a drug crime in Tennessee, the most important step you can take is hiring
an experienced criminal defense attorney who can protect your legal rights and ensure that you are not manipulated or unjustly charged by law enforcement
or the prosecutors.
Attorneys at The Chiozza Law Firm have the knowledge, resources, and experience to effectively protect you against unlawful drug charges, whether it is
simple possession or drug sales.
Some of the drug related offenses under Tennessee law are:
Manufacturing of a controlled substance
Simple possession of a controlled substance, prescription or illegal drug;
Delivery of a controlled substance;
Sale of a controlled substance;
with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell a controlled substance;
Counterfeiting controlled substances;
Fraudulent prescription of controlled substances;
The penalties associated with these crimes can be steep, though the severity of the penalties is related to the type of controlled substance involved.
Drug Crime Penalties
Controlled dangerous substances are categorized into Schedules. Depending on the Schedule the controlled substance is found under, or in some cases the
specifically named controlled substance, the penalties a person convicted of a drug crime faces may be different. In most cases, however, the crime is
considered a felony (though of varying degrees). Generally, a felony drug charge can result in a potential prison sentence of up to 60 years as well as a
fine of as much as $100,000.
The penalties you face upon conviction for a drug crime are severe and so you must do everything within your power to aggressively defend your rights.
Protecting Your Future
Being accused of a drug crime does not mean you are guilty. In fact, one of the key characteristics of an offense being characterized as a drug crime is
that the person committed the offense "knowingly." Oftentime, misunderstandings and manipulation by others can put you in a compromising situation without
your being aware.
If you have been arrested for drug possession or any other drug related offense please contact an attorney to explore your legal options and discuss your
case. Talking to friends or exploring the internet for answers will only lead to undue stress and more questions. The only way to adequately learn about
the process is to call an attorney with experience in defending drug related offenses. You may not be able to change the past, but an attorney at The
Chiozza Law Firm can help explain what to expect in the future following an arrest. We will discuss your matter with you in a confidential and respectful
way outlining your possible options and working with you to defend yourself against these criminal charges. Call us at 901-526-9494 or email us to set up a
free consultation so that we can provide you peace of mind while going thru this.