Knoxville Cocaine Possession Criminal Defense Lawyer, Tennessee Drug Crimes Defense Attorney and Knox County Criminal Defense Law Firm
Being charged with a drug crime can have very serious consequences from the moment the charge is filed. Your property could be subject to seizure, your job could be placed in jeopardy, and your children can be removed from your home.
In 2013, there were almost 50,000 reported narcotics violations in Tennessee, and of those 50,000, cocaine accounted for approximately 7,000 of those violations. Prosecutors in Tennessee are known to be extremely aggressive in prosecuting these violations, and to combat that, you need serious representation with experience in protecting the rights of those charged with cocaine possession and distribution. The attorneys at the Law Office of James A. H. Bell have decades of experience protecting the rights of individuals charged with:
● Cocaine Possession
● Possession of Paraphernalia
● Possession with Intent to Distribute
● Distribution of Cocaine
Additionally, while many people believe that you can only be charged with possession of cocaine if you the drug is on your person or in your car, under the law in Tennessee that is not the case. In Tennessee, if the drugs are “under your control”, you can be convicted of a possession offense. This means that you could be convicted of possession of cocaine if the drug was merely in arms reach or even just on your property. This is just one example of the complexities of drug laws in Tennessee and why you need an experienced attorney to represent your rights should you be investigated or charged with a drug crime involving cocaine.
The punishments for drug crimes involving cocaine can vary depending on whether you have prior convictions on record. For a first conviction, a charge of simple possession is a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year and jail and a $2,500 fine. If, however, there are multiple prior convictions, you could face a Class E felony charge, for which a conviction could cost you up to six years in prison and a several thousand dollar fine.
Don't put your freedom and future in the hands of a state prosecutor who is determined to put you jail – contact us today!
At the Law Office of James A. H. Bell we aggressively represent our clients charged with drug offenses. Our attorneys on staff consist of James A. H. Bell, one of the most experienced trial lawyers in Tennessee. Additionally, our full time in-house investigator Shayne Cooper, is a former police officer with over a decade of experience in law enforcement. He conducts an independent investigation into the facts of every case at no additional cost to the client.
Charges involving cocaine are some of the most serious in all of the justice system, if you are currently being investigated for a drug crime or have already been charged, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible so that we can go to work protecting your rights.