Tennessee Distributing and Trafficking Drugs Defense Lawyer and Drug Crimes Defense Attorney Located in Knoxville, TN
Criminal offenses involving the distribution and trafficking of illegal narcotics are some of the most serious drug charges in this state. Being convicted of distributing or trafficking drugs carries severe legal penalties, including lengthy prison sentences, steep fines, and property forfeiture. Even where no money changes hands, simply transferring even a small amount of any prohibited substance can result in a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail. Moreover, where certain substances are involved, such as methamphetamine, merely casually exchanging the substance without any monetary gain will result in a mandatory prison sentence of at least 30 days. Being convicted of a distribution or trafficking offense can also have devastating consequences on your home life, work life, and reputation in the community.
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The penalties for distributing and trafficking illegal narcotics increase as the classification and amount of the substance involved increase. For instance, selling or delivering, or just possessing with the intent to sell or deliver, as little as half an ounce of marijuana, a Schedule VI Narcotic, can result in a Class E Felony, punishable by up to 6 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000. However, where a Schedule I Narcotic, such as heroin, is involved, and the amount is in excess of 150 grams, the sale of delivery of such a substance can result in a Class A Felony, punishable by up to 60 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $500,000.