Drug Laws In Tennessee

In Tennessee, drug offenses range in seriousness. Penalties for the lesser drug crimes may only include fines or probationary periods if convicted, while the more extreme drug crimes could result in substantial jail or prison time. At the Stover Law Group, we've successfully represented clients facing all types of drug charges, including the following:

  • Simple possession of a drug or paraphernalia (intended for personal use)
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Distribution
  • Cultivation (of cannabis seeds to make marijuana or hashish or cocoa leaves to make cocaine)
  • Manufacturing such as in a lab
  • Trafficking (transporting drugs over state lines via purchase/sale or trade)
  • Prescription fraud

Controlled Substances

Your criminal charge will depend largely on the nature of the drug crime itself, the quantity you are found with and the drug's classification under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Simple possession in Tennessee is a Class A misdemeanor, while production, distribution and trafficking are all felony offenses. We've defended clients against all types of criminal charges involving illegal substances such as the following:

  • Marijuana/hashish/cannabis
  • Cocaine/rock cocaine (crack)
  • Heroin
  • LSD (acid)
  • MDMA (ecstasy)
  • Methamphetamine (crystal meth)/methadone
  • Prescription painkillers
  • Prescription opiates
  • Rohypnol (roofies)

As with DUIs and their accompanying penalties, the number of drug offenses and convictions in your past also has an effect on the severity of the charge. A second drug offense is automatically a Class E felony.

Defense Strategies

As your lawyer, William H. Stover is responsible for developing a sound defense strategy for your drug case. One effective method can be to look into the circumstances of your arrest. Under drug and marijuana laws in Tennessee, officers are not allowed to search your person or property without a warrant or probable cause to believe that you are committing a crime — otherwise it is an unreasonable search and seizure, against which you have constitutional rights. Any controlled substance discovered in your possession that was not legally obtained cannot be used against you as evidence. William H. Stover can quickly recognize situations like this and can file a motion to suppress such evidence in order to avoid a conviction.

When you face criminal charges for drug possession, distribution, production or trafficking, you need a lawyer who works to help you reach the best possible outcome. William H. Stover has been in practice for more than a decade and has handled hundreds of drug crime cases. He understands how to create options and solutions, and how to use the laws to your advantage.

An Experienced Attorney Who Understands Tennessee Marijuana Laws And Drug Charges

For more information on how William H. Stover can help you fight a drug charge, call the Stover Law Group at 615-649-6278, or contact us online to schedule a free initial phone consultation. We represent clients in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee, including Murfreesboro, Clarksville, Gallatin, Shelbyville and Lebanon.