Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in TN
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Tennessee law holds that you can be convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia
if the prosecution proves you used, or possessed with intent to use, drug
paraphernalia to “plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture,
compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack,
store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce
into the human body” an illegal drug (TCA § 39-17-425).
The possession of paraphernalia is a separate drug charge. Many otherwise
legal items can be considered drug paraphernalia in certain circumstances.
These items can include rolling papers, spoons, pill crushers, soft drink
cans, and other items. Usually, a possession of drug paraphernalia charge
accompanies a charge of drug possession.
Penalties for Possessing Drug Paraphernalia
- If you are convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia for personal use
in Tennessee, you could be facing a Class A misdemeanor with the following
- A jail sentence, up to 11 months and 29 days
- A fine up to $2,500
- Court costs
Based on your number of prior convictions of drug paraphernalia, Tennessee
law specifies mandatory minimum fines for this offense. A first conviction
can carry a $150 fine and a second or subsequent conviction carries a
You may face other serious consequences in addition to those listed above.
If you are convicted for this offense, you can lose college scholarships
or the ability to be admitted to college/university. A simple drug possession
conviction can also impact your ability to maintain employment or result
in a negative action to your professional license. It can also negatively
affect you if you are seeking employment.
Contact a Murfreesboro Criminal Defense Lawyer Immediately!
If you have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, it is important
to act quickly and consult with our Murfreesboro
drug crimes attorney who can help you navigate the complex drug crime laws.
Contact Clarke Law Firm today at (615) 645-1501 for a