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Do The Penalties For Drug Crimes Have To Do With The Weight Of The Drugs?
When facing a felony drug crime, there are a lot of factors that are taken into consideration. It’s normal to not understand the complicated legal system and what it all means. Talking to an attorney is imperative. The Law Offices of Thomas T. Overton has helped clients who are dealing with these crimes for nearly 30 years.
What kind of drug and how much you alleged have of it can have a major impact on your charges. If this is your first offense, it will also have an impact. In Tennessee, the law classifies controlled substances by “schedules.” A schedule is determined by a drug’s level of dangerousness and its risk of addiction. The general guideline goes as follows:
- Less than 1 gram, up to 2 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000
- 1-4 grams, 2-20 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000
- 4-200 grams, 5-99 years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000
- 200-400 grams, 10-99 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000
- 400 grams or more, 15-00 years in prison, life in prison, a fine of up to $250,000
While a possession charge is a misdemeanor, all other violations of drug laws are felonies. This includes the manufacturing, delivering or selling of a controlled substance. We can help you take on these difficult charges. Everyone has a right to defend themselves.