Simple Possession in Tennessee – Class A Misdemeanor
T.C.A. 39-17-418 – Simple Possession or Casual Exchange
It is an offense for a person to knowingly possess or casually exchange a controlled substance, unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of professional practice.
What happens if I am convicted of simple possession in Tennessee?
- Permanent Conviction on your record
- Up to 11 months and 29 days in jail
- Fines up to $2,500.00
- Community Service
- Drug Offender School
- $250 Drug Testing Fee for any agreement under either Pre-Trial or Judicial Diversion
CAN YOU KEEP THIS OFF MY RECORD?
Yes. There a number of ways to resolve simple possession charges to keep it off of your record. Pre-Trial or Judicial Diversion are two options. Some counties are willing to resolve simple possession citations by either what’s known as a ‘retirement’, which means that after a certain period of time, so long as you stay out of trouble, the charge is dismissed. Some counties may allow the completion of public service work to have your charge dismissed. Every county, judge and district attorneys are different.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I QUALIFY FOR DIVERSION?
Our criminal defense lawyers handle cases with the understanding that all criminal charges are serious.
A conviction for any criminal offense, even if it is a misdemeanor, is permanent. A youthful or brief indiscretion can follow you for the rest of your life.