Under Tennessee law, you don't have to be caught with drugs on you to be charged with a drug offense. Like most states, Tennessee has a possession of drug paraphernalia law that makes it illegal for any person to have or be in control of items that can used for drug consumption. This charge is otherwise as possession of drug paraphernalia. It is a serious charge because it is considered a drug related offense. Many employers have anti-drug policies that prohibit the employment or hiring of anyone who has a drug offense. In addition, federal student aid can also be denied to those who have a drug related conviction on their record. Therefore, drug paraphernalia charges require a serious Tennessee possession of drug paraphernalia lawyer to handle your case. Do not simply go to court and hope for the best. A permanent drug conviction could destroy your life.
Drug paraphernalia refers to any item that can either be used to make or take a drug. Marijuana smokers often use pipes, bongs, and rolling papers. Cocaine users also often use pipes. Heroine drug users are often found with syringes to inject the drug into their veins. All of these types of items constitute drug paraphernalia. Many of these items are sold legally in local Tennessee head shops. Drugs do not necessarily need to be present in order to sustain a paraphernalia conviction under Tennessee laws.
Drug paraphernalia and drug possession charges often go hand in hand.
Often a person who is caught with drug paraphernalia is also going to have drugs nearby. The prosecution will often use a drug paraphernalia charge as a negotiating tool with the defense. For example, they may be willing to dismiss a paraphernalia charge if the defendant will simply plead guilty to simple possession of drugs. This may sound good on the front end, but it is important to avoid any type of drug conviction at all costs. Just because the offer helps you avoid jail time of the front end does not necessarily mean that the offer is fair. Therefore, it is important to contact an experienced drug defense attorney well in advance of your court date. A successful defense will help you avoid both jail and a permanent criminal conviction.
For reasons like this, it is imperative that you have a defense attorney discuss your options with you. Plea bargaining may or may not be in your best interest. It all depends upon the circumstances surrounding your arrest and your prior criminal history. There are many reasons for a solid drug defense and your lawyer will help build your best defense, while still detailing all of your options.
A drug paraphernalia charge should be taken seriously. Any drug conviction can cost you future employment opportunities. The resulting penalties for a drug conviction are extremely harsh. If you need help with any Tennessee drug charge, call attorney Lee Martin at 615-345-1988. He has over 16 years of legal experience and knows how to get results.