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What are the penalties for cocaine possession in Tennessee?

A number of illegal substances are addressed in the drug laws of the state of Tennessee, and each substance carries with certain punishments and sentences for convictions on different charges. Alleged criminal acts involving cocaine are met with serious legal sanctions that can deprive individuals of their futures and impose heavy burdens upon them and their families. This post will address some of the ways that individuals may be penalized for allegedly possessing or selling cocaine in the state.

Only a small quantity of cocaine is necessary for a person to be considered in possession of it. Merely possessing half a gram of the substance may yield a felony possession charge. The level of felony that a person may face for cocaine possession can change based on the circumstances present at the time of their arrest. For example, if a minor is given cocaine by an adult who is two or more years older than the minor, the adult may face a felony possession charge. A person's possession charge may also rise to the level of a felony if they had previously been convicted on drug charges.

The sale and distribution of cocaine in the state of Tennessee is also prohibited. While casual exchanges of drugs may be considered acts of possession, profiting from cocaine sales may result in sales, distribution or trafficking charges. These charges are also often penalized as felonies and can place convicted parties in jail for their alleged crimes.

Criminal charges involving cocaine are serious and should be addressed with proper attention and care. Many individuals are able to prepare strong defense plans to their pending drug charges. But, as with all legal matters, readers must find their own advice for their unique criminal law dilemmas.

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