Drug Possession Law
Drug possession charges, also known as simple possession or casual exchange, are very serious and carry heavy consequences in Murfreesboro TN. Simple possession charges are misdemeanors in Tennessee. This means they carry a maximum penalty of a fine up $2,500 and up to 11 months and 29 days in jail if convicted. Convictions will lead to having a criminal record that will mostly likely affect one’s career and diminish future employment opportunities.
Constructive Possession is when drugs are not found on you but they are in your immediate area. Common examples might be drugs in a common area of a home or in a car. When multiple people live in the home or are in the car and none claim ownership then everyone may be charged with possession.
Possession of Drugs with Intent to Manufacture, Deliver, or Sell
Possession of a drug with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell is a much more serious offence than simple possession. In Tennessee these crimes are a felony resulting in 12 months in jail at the very least and, at the most, could result in years of prison time.
The difference between simple possession and possession with intent to sell in Murfreesboro usually boils down to the amount of drugs officers find along with any drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia can large amounts of cash, scales, and packaging for individual dug sales. If drug paraphernalia is found with drugs you have prescriptions for you can still face possession with intent to sell charges.