If you have been searching the internet and have come upon this page, there’s a possibility that you have been charged with a criminal offense as you traveled through one of our well-patrolled Tennessee cities on the way to or from Bonnaroo. Frequently police officers will opt to write a ticket for most minor criminal offenses, rather than making an arrest; arrests take more time for paperwork and transportation, meaning less time on the road to write tickets. If you were arrested, that means that you most likely were charged with a felony crime, as citations may be issued only for misdemeanor crimes.
By far, the most frequent charges Bonnaroo patrons face are either simple possession or DUI. Simple possession of drugs in Tennessee is a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days, plus fines, and court costs. If you have two or more prior convictions, simple possession may be charged as a felony in Tennessee.
Under Tennessee law, driving under the influence is not limited to alcohol: you are not to be under the influence of any intoxicant, including properly taken prescription medicines and marijuana. DUI is an enhanceable offense, meaning each prior conviction enhances your punishment. Mandatory jail time of at least 48 hours is imposed for a first offense conviction, and the mandatory minimum jail time increases with each prior conviction you have had.
If you have been charged with drug possession or DUI, you will undoubtedly be required to return to Tennessee in order to resolve the charge. In order for you to obtain a result that can prevent a conviction from going on your record, it will require multiple court appearances unless you hire a Tennessee criminal defense lawyer.
Call the Law Offices of James A.H. Bell, P.C.; our skilled criminal defense lawyers will be more than happy to to discuss your situation and explain how we can help you. We have the ability to reset court dates and may be able to resolve your case with just one appearance click here to visit our website for more information