Crimes related to alcohol and drugs are common at all levels of society. Laws related to alcohol and drugs, however, are in a constant state of flux, and the consequences for offenses continue to get harsher as lawmakers strive to take tougher stances toward these crimes.
At Hodges, Doughty & Carson, PLLC, we provide aggressive defense to often excessive charges. Our Knoxville alcohol and drug crimes defense lawyers will work aggressively to mitigate consequences and reduce or dismiss charges in alcohol and drug-related crimes. Representation from an attorney who is not extensively experienced with the Tennessee criminal justice system can seal your fate. A criminal conviction can have heavy impacts on your ability to obtain employment, loans and educational admissions.
Call us today at 865-292-2307, or e-mail us to schedule an initial consultation. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can protect your rights.
We defend clients in middle and eastern Tennessee in the full range of drug and alcohol-related charges. Our legal team represents people accused of being first-time offenders, repeat offenders, minors in possession of minimal drug quantities and large-scale drug manufacturers. We vigorously defend clients and protect their Constitutional rights to a jury trial and freedom from illegal search and seizure. We represent clients facing charges such as:
- Possession, including marijuana, cocaine, meth, Ecstasy, heroin, etc.
- Prescription drug or legend drug possession
- Sale or possession with intent to sell
- Drug paraphernalia possession or sale
- Underage consumption
- Disorderly conduct
Tennessee Penalties for Marijuana Possession
Possession of any amount of marijuana is punishable as a mandatory misdemeanor charge, a $250 fine for a first-time offender, $500 for second conviction and $1,000 for subsequent convictions. There is also the possibility of a jail sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days, and up to a $2,500 fine. However, if you are found to be in possession of 1/2 ounce to 10 pounds, you will be charged with a felony and face one to six years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. Consequences increase almost exponentially from there.
Our counsel and representation can provide you with the legal defense needed to minimize jail time, costs and penalties to the fullest extent possible. We work tirelessly to protect your rights and your livelihood.
Underage Driving Under the Influence
Special penalties apply to people over the age of 18 but under the age of 21 that are charged with DUI. If a person between the ages of 18 and 21 has an alcohol concentration of 0.02% or more and is convicted of DUI faces a fine of $250 and their driver license is suspended for one year. Currently, a person convicted of underage DUI cannot get a restricted license. These same rules apply to a person convicted of DUI under the age of 18. This would prevent the person from driving anywhere including to work, school or religious activities.
Defending Students in Front of Disciplinary Hearing Boards
We also regularly defend students in disciplinary hearing board procedures at educational institutions. Vigilant defense from an experienced attorney can help mitigate detrimental consequences your child faces such as student loan loss, suspension or expulsion.
Contact Our Knoxville, Tri-Cities and Chattanooga Drug Possession Defense Attorneys
Call us today at 865-292-2307 to schedule an initial consultation. Contact us for more details.