Drug Possession Charges in Nashville, Lebanon & Middle Tennessee

Drug possession is, quite simply, the crime of possessing illegal drugs for any purpose, including:

  • Personal use
  • Distribution
  • Sale

The severity of a drug possession charge in Nashville varies depending on several factors, including:

  • The type and amount of drug involved
  • The circumstances of the arrest
  • Jurisdiction

Based on these variables, penalties for drug possession in Nashville can range from a small fine to jail time.

If you are charged with drug possession in Nashville and need legal help, contact the attorneys at Lowery, Lowery & Cherry PLLC today.

Drug Possession Laws in Tennessee

By law, drug possession is defined as having or being in control of any controlled substance or unauthorized prescription medications. If you possess drug paraphernalia, or any accessories that relate to drug use, production or drug distribution, you can also be charged with drug possession. Anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of all criminal arrests in the United States involve drug possession charges.

Based on the specific circumstances, someone charged with drug possession might also be charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute. These circumstances include:

  • The amount and location of the drug
  • How the drug is stored
  • The presence of a scale or other measuring device
  • Possession of large sums of money

Drug Possession Penalties

Penalties for possessing drugs with the intent to sell them are generally much higher than for simple possession, and they are also more severe if you possess drugs with a higher potential to cause injury or death. The specific drug crime charges you face may also vary based on the type and amount of drug in your possession as well as any past drug convictions you may have.

The penalties are often twice as harsh if evidence suggests that the drugs were intended for sale to minors.

Nashville & Lebanon, TN Drug Possession Attorneys

The attorneys of Lowery, Lowery & Cherry PLLC possess over 60 years of combined legal experience, and pride themselves on providing their clients with an energized and highly focused approach along with an impressive range of legal expertise.