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Tennessee Cocaine Laws

Posted June 10, 2013Lee Martin - Drug Cases

Tennessee Cocaine Laws are severe and harsh.  In Tennessee, a conviction for cocaine possession, manufacture, delivery, or sale could result in a lengthy prison sentence and heavy fines.

Tennessee laws classify cocaine as a schedule II drug because it has a high potential for abuse and could lead to physical dependence.  This means you will face serious penalties, heavy fines, and a mandatory prison term.  If you have been charged with a cocaine related drug offense, you need an experienced, skilled, and aggressive Tennessee criminal defense attorney who knows the "in's" and "out's" of Tennessee cocaine laws and its defenses.

There are two popular forms of cocaine.  The powder form (hydrochloride salt) dissolves in water and can either be snorted up the nose, ingested by mouth, or injected into the veins of the user.  The other form is known as "freebase" and is usually smoked.  Crack cocaine was developed as a poor man's version of the pure freebase form.  Crack is a mixture of cocaine and a cheaper additive (usually baking powder) when processed creates form of rock crystal.  This rock crystal is heated up by the user and releases a vapor that gets the user high.  Freebase cocaine increases the intensity of the high and is extremely addictive.

Cocaine is used by a variety of people from all aspects of life.  Among young professionals who have money to spare, cocaine is a luxury party drug used by party goers at the club scene.  The cheaper crack cocaine version is usually used by people who live in the inner city.  Cocaine is the second most popular illegal drug used in the United States.  Marijuana is the most popular.

Despite information to the contrary, cocaine is considered a stimulant and not a narcotic.  Many assume that cocaine is a narcotic because it was originally banned under the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act.  Cocaine is a stimulant because it stimulates the nervous system.  Its users experience alertness, elation, increased motor skills, and a longer lasting attention span.  However, cocaine also has negative side effects.  Anxiety, restlessness, and convulsions are common.  Depending upon the strength and form of coke used, the sensation can last from 15 minutes to an hour.  Cocaine is very addictive and cocaine users require larger doses and frequency over time as their addiction grows.  The most popular forms of cocaine testing are blood and urine tests.  A cocaine conviction and resulting probation will require mandatory-random drug screens.  If the drug test finds cocaine in the probationer's sample, Tennessee courts will often file a probation violation warrant and impose jail time.

Because of the "war on drugs", Tennessee cocaine laws are very strict.  The Courts are not lenient on defendants who have been caught possessing cocaine, manufacturing cocaine, or selling cocaine.  Depending upon the amount of cocaine, Tennessee cocaine laws require mandatory fines ranging from $750.00 to $100,000.00 and a prison term of 11 months and 29 days up to 30 years.  As you can see, Tennessee cocaine laws are extremely harsh.  If you have a prior drug conviction(s) or possess cocaine near a school zone, the penalties could be greatly increased.

Tennessee Cocaine Simple Possession Laws require a mandatory fine of $750.00 to $2,500.00.  The maximum jail term is 11 months and 29 days.  As a condition of probation the Court could order mandatory-random drug screens and a drug treatment if necessary.

Tennessee Felony Cocaine Laws require a jail term of 3-15 years if the amount if less than .5 grams and a jail term of 8-30 if the amount is over .5 grams.  The fine shall not exceed $100,000.00.

Defense of cocaine cases require a special knowledge of Tennessee drug laws.  You need a Tennessee drug lawyer skilled at arguing violations of your Constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizures.  In particular, both knowledge of warrantless field searches and search warrants is required.  Cocaine and all drug cases always involve a Fourth Amendment analysis and special police drug task force officers are the worst violators of these rights.  If you are charged with a cocaine crime in Tennessee, give Lee Martin a call at 615-345-1988.

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