Felony drug charges bring with them the threat of prison, parole supervision for years after release, fines, and a permanent record that will follow you forever.
The impact of a conviction on you and your family can be overwhelming with lasting effects.
Retaining criminal defense lawyers immediately upon investigation or indictment is necessary to preserve your rights and ensure fairness.
The prosecutor determines whether a case will be charged as a misdemeanor or felony based on several factors:
- the type of CDS, whether a Schedule I or lesser Schedule;
- the quantity of controlled substances seized;
- intent to sell; and
- to whom the drugs were sold. Sales to minors and sales in drug free zones carry enhanced penalties in the form of increased fines.
Defending felony drug charges, especially ones that include intent to sell, requires experienced counsel who know the police, the prosecutors, the local investigators, and the judges in order to assess the severity of the charges and the likelihood of conviction.
Successful defenses to felony drug charges are based on raising “reasonable doubt” to the elements of the crime by undermining the credibility of witness testimony, questioning how evidence was gathered and secured, exposing unconstitutional and unlawful police conduct, and by creating a counter narrative to the story told by the prosecution.
How a defense is put together, and especially whether a defendant will take the stand, are judgment calls that require seasoned lawyers with extensive experience in the Tennessee state and federal courts.
A charge of drug possession can lead to a federal investigation and even a state-investigated crime can have serious repercussions.
Book a free consultation with an experienced drug possession attorney at Houston & Alexander, PLLC. We will protect your rights and freedoms and reduce the impact on your future. Contact us today at (423) 267-6715 for a free consultation.