Many things can potentially influence how severe of charges a person can face in connection to allegations of having committed a given drug crime in Tennessee. In some instances, one such thing can be what location the alleged drug crime is alleged to have occurred at. This can be seen in a brief look at cocaine sale charges law in the state.
Under Tennessee law, the charge of selling cocaine is a felony charge. However, what exact felony level the charge is can vary. Usually, what level of felony charge a person can face in relation to a given alleged incident of selling cocaine is dictated by how much cocaine is alleged to have been sold. However, some things can lead to a person accused of selling cocaine facing a higher level charge than they would normally face for the amount of cocaine they allegedly sold.
One of these things is if the location the person is accused of having made the alleged cocaine sale at is in a drug-free school zone. Under Tennessee law, a person accused of selling cocaine in such a zone can face a charge that is one classification higher than the charge they would normally face given the amount of cocaine they are accused of having sold.
Given that there are often many different aspects of the allegations brought against a drug crime suspect that can impact what the suspect's legal situation is and what exactly they could be facing in criminal proceedings related to the allegations, carefully looking into the various details of the allegations that have been leveled and the evidence the prosecution is using to support the various different aspects of the allegations can be quite important in a drug case. Defense attorneys can conduct deep investigations for drug crime suspects into the allegations leveled against them and the prosecution's evidence.
Source: FindLaw, "Tennessee Cocaine Laws," Accessed May 11, 2015