Aggressive Defense When You’re Facing a Drug Crime
Protecting the accused in Maryville since 1993
The laws governing drug crimes are among the most complicated there are. Some laws are unique to Tennessee; others are ruled by the federal government. Since the so-called War on Drugs, anyone accused of a drug crime has faced a long, difficult slog through a system that only seeks to punish – sometimes indiscriminately.
At Shepherd and Associates, P.C. you’ll find a helping hand reaching out to you. I began my career as Public Defender, so I understand better than most how a drug crime conviction can affect your life in permanent ways. As a criminal defense attorney in Maryville, I put my extensive background and resources to work for you when you’re facing drug charges of any kind. You can place your trust in me, Kevin Shepherd, to defend you at every step.
Common drug crime charges
Many times, my clients have expressed to me that they don’t understand what kind of drug charge they’re facing. The Tennessee Code can be difficult to understand, and the distinctions between the charges are sometimes so minute, you don’t actually know what you’re facing. The most common drug charges include:
- Possession of a controlled substance. A possession charge varies by the type of drug you have. For example, if you’re found guilty of possessing a Schedule I drug (like LSD or heroin) you face far more severe consequences than if you’re convicted of possessing a Schedule VI drug (like marijuana). The schedules are decided by the risk of dependency; since heroin has a higher rate of dependency than marijuana, it’s a higher number on the schedule list.
- Possession of paraphernalia. A paraphernalia charge indicates that you use drugs for personal use. If a police officer finds syringes or rolling papers, you could face a paraphernalia charge.
- Possession with intent. Intent can mean many things: intent to sell, intent to distribute or intent to manufacture. These are far more serious accusations. How much of a controlled substance (or paraphernalia) you possess determines which class of felony you face. You also face substantial prison time and fines.
- Trafficking. Blount County falls just outside the perimeter of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), so drug trafficking charges are more common in this area than in others. They’re also incredibly serious. Since trafficking laws are purposely vague, they encompass possessing, selling, distributing, financing, manufacturing – the list goes on. If you’re convicted of trafficking across state lines, you could spend the rest of your life in prison.
- Prescription fraud. Prescription drugs are among the most highly abused and distributed in Tennessee. Prescription fraud involves obtaining legal drugs in an illegal manner. Prescription fraud charges may involve additional theft or burglary charges, be linked to Medicaid fraud or even include purchasing drugs online from a supplier in another country. It’s a complicated law, and you need an experienced lawyer to help you.
When you’re facing criminal charges involving drugs, you want an attorney with the skills and resources to mount a proper defense of your rights. I am that criminal defense attorney. I have successfully brought cases involving drug crimes to conclusion for more than 20 years. I make sure that you understand what is ahead of you at every step, and create innovative strategies that are tailored to your specific case. I fight not only for your rights, but for your future.
Contact a Maryville lawyer if you’re facing drug crime charges
A drug crime conviction can turn your entire world upside down. At Shepherd and Associates, we are dedicated to protecting your rights and your freedom. To schedule an appointment with me, please call 865.225.9655 or fill out my contact form. We’re in this together.