Possession And Casual Exchange Of Marijuana In Tennessee

Although recent surveys and legislation across the United States has shown that many Americans favor the decriminalization of marijuana for primarily medicinal purposes, in Tennessee marijuana is a Schedule VI illegal substance. Even though simple possession of marijuana is a Class A misdemeanor per Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-17-418, drug offenses in Tennessee are taken very seriously and can be aggressively prosecuted. If you are convicted of simple possession of marijuana you could be sentenced up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a mandatory minimum fine of $250. After two or more … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Decision Requires Search Warrant For DUI Blood Test

People charged with DUI or DWI in Tennessee had their rights expanded, as of last year, and therefore may have a new approach to their defense. In April 2013 The United States Supreme Court ruled that in drunk driving investigations, the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream does not constitute an exigency in every case sufficient to justify law enforcement conducting a blood test without a search warrant. The bottom line of the Court’s decision in Missouri v. McNeely was that every case will be judged on its own facts, so the investigating police officer can never know whether … [Read more...]

3 Legal Tips for Bonnaroo

How to Get There While traveling, avoid the Scenic Route. Take the interstates and ignore your GPS. The rural highways may be faster but the more rural counties surrounding Manchester, TN cash in, quite literally, on the opportunity to stop and cite those on the way to Bonnaroo. Your Rights You can expect if you are stopped the officer or state trooper will request to search your vehicle. You have the right to refuse a search of your vehicle. It’s your right under the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Use it. Expect to be searched anyway but know that you saying "No", does … [Read more...]

11 Legal Situations Which Could Affect Your TN Carry Permit

Much like a drivers license, a handgun carry permit in Tennessee is not a right, but a privilege which can be taken away, or not granted at all, to individuals in certain situations. The following list are a few situations which individuals should be aware of when resolving a criminal case in Tennessee and how that cases resolution could affect their ability to either obtain a carry permit, or could result in the suspension or revocation of their carry permit in Tennessee. Please note that this list is not all inclusive, but does address most of the situations which could affect a person … [Read more...]

Criminal Citations in Tennessee

How am I charged with a crime if I was not arrested? For misdemeanor criminal offenses in Tennessee, law enforcement may choose to issue a citation instead of making an arrest. So long as the person does not have any active warrants or prior failure to appear charges, the officer may choose to issue a citation and not make an arrest. For felony offenses, although rare, the State may use a criminal summons. Does not being arrested mean the charge is not that serious? Being charged with a criminal offense means you could potentially go to jail. It’s serious. Class A misdemeanors are … [Read more...]

TN DUI Law Requiring Mandatory Blood Draws Ruled Unconstitutional

Tennessee law previously required certain individuals upon arrest to submit to a mandatory blood draw for BAC testing. Earlier this year the United State Supreme Court held that any mandatory blood draw without a warrant was a violation of the Fourth Amendment. The result being that all blood draws without consent require a search warrant. Each jurisdiction in Tennessee is handling the new ruling different. Some have considered allowing officers to send an emailed statement to a magistrate or judge at any time and obtaining the warrant electronically. Others are going immediately to a … [Read more...]

TN Drug Possession Laws Bonnaroo 2013

Here are some pointers and FYI’s in hopes you can avoid a possession citation or arrest while you're at Bonnaroo. Drug crimes in Tennessee are complex and potential consequences if convicted can require looking at a number of factors, including the type of drug, whether any potential enhancements may apply (such as whether you were charged within a school zone) and the range of the offender if it is a felony charge. This is intended to be a summary of Tennessee's drug laws, however if you have either been arrested or received a citation for a drug offense, you should call a Tennessee … [Read more...]

What are scheduled drugs in Tennessee?

What are scheduled drugs? Drugs are categorized based on a number of factors, including risk of dependency, addiction, and whether or not they have any legitimate medical use. Schedule I for example, are considered to be the most dangerous, whereas Schedule VII would be considered to be the least dangerous. Below is some further explanation as well as example of drugs included in those categories.  Schedule I drugs include those that are the most dangerous and have a high risk of addiction or dependency and no legitimate medical use. Drugs included under this heading include LSD, … [Read more...]

Drug Possession in TN – Simple Possession and Possession with Intent

Drug Possession in Tennessee The difference between misdemeanor Simple Possession and felony Possession with Intent in Tennessee There is one difference between misdemeanor and felony drug possession: What you were planning to do with the drug. Did you have it for your own personal use, or rather with the intent to distribute or re-sell it? WHY WAS I CHARGED WITH A FELONY? The law sets out certain drug amounts which any amount over that is presumed to be possession with intent to distribute or re-sell. With marijuana, any amount of .5 an ounce is considered possession with … [Read more...]

Simple Possession Citations Received at Bonnaroo

            KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - BONNAROO DRUG CITATION AND ARREST STATS 424 drug citations issued on the Bonnaroo campgrounds alone during the four day festival Several thousand more drug citations issued to people traveling to Bonnaroo on Tennessee highways and interstates 44 people arrested for drugs on the Bonnaroo campgrounds - slightly more than in 2011 Hundreds more arrested traveling to Bonnaroo on drug related charges in Tennessee Save our number - Bonnaroo Lawyers  at 615 - 829 - 8259. Be careful, be smart, … [Read more...]

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