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Marijuana CrimInal Defense


Marijuana crimes tend to vary greatly in the state of Tennessee. While the overall penalties tend to range from misdemeanor convictions with relatively small fines and possible jail times, marijuana crimes can include possession, distribution, cultivation, and transportation, making marijuana a diverse criminal violation within the state. Having a top marijuana criminal defense attorney is critical

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Types of Marijuana Crimes


  • .5 oz or less (first offense) – Penalties include a misdemeanor charge with a maximum jail time of one year and $250 in fines.
  • .5 oz or less (subsequent offenses) – Penalties still include a misdemeanor charge and maximum jail time of one year, but now the maximum fine gets raised to $500.


Sales of Marijuana (includes possession with intent to sell)

  • Between .5 oz. and 10 lbs. – A felony charge carrying a prison time ranging from one to six years and a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • Between 10 lbs. and 70 lbs. – Still a felony, but the jail time range goes up to between 2 to 12 years and the maximum fine goes up to $50,000.
  • Between 70 lbs. and 300 lbs. – The felony charge now ranges from 8 to 30 years, but the fine has now gone up to $010,000.
  • More than 300 lbs. – The highest level of sales penalties: a felony charge carrying jail time ranging from 15 to 60 years and a fine not to exceed $200,000.


It should be noted here the listed penalties will become heavier for subsequent repeat violations.

• Cultivation 

This is an interesting criminal charge in regard to marijuana, as the penalties get ranked based on the number of plants found in the possession of the cultivator in question. Every charge will be a felony, but jail time and fines increase based on the number of plants in question.

  • 10 plants or less – One to six years and $5,000
  • Between 10 to 19 plants – Two to 12 years and $50,000
  • Between 20 and 99 plants – Three to 15 years and $100,000
  • Between 100 to 499 plants – Between eight to 30 years and $200,000
  • Anything over 500 plants – Between 15 to 60 years and a maximum fine of $500,000

Marijuana Criminal Defense Attorney

As a seasoned criminal defense attorney with many years of experience and familiarity with Tennessee marijuana laws, Attorney David Clarke can be the difference between victory or defeat in your case.

Why Choose Attorney Clarke?

In addition to experience, Attorney Clarke has distinguished himself among the best of Tennessee’s trial lawyers. He has a proven track record of success defending clients across a spectrum of charges including defense against charges involving marijuana. Clarke brings his diverse legal background to bear in every case.

And since marijuana crimes are still an issue in Tennessee law, his attention to your case will be an important deciding factor. Even for misdemeanor charges, you can’t afford to have an inexperienced or uncaring attorney.  No charge is inconsequential. You want to avoid a conviction even if just a misdemeanor.

Contact Us Today

As an attorney experienced with marijuana charges and defenses, Attorney Clarke will vigorously defend you against allegations of marijuana-related crimes. To learn more about the services we offer and how we can best serve you and your specific legal needs, contact us today.

David Clarke, Murfreesboro Attorney

As a Murfreesboro attorney, I handle criminal defense cases and personal injury cases. I realize that when someone hires me for one of these legal issues, they are going through one of the toughest times in their lives. When hired on your case, I will meet with you as often as necessary and will promptly return your phone calls and/or emails. I work with you to develop a strategy and plan for your case to ensure the best possible outcome for your specific case.

For a consultation on your case, complete our online form or call (615) 796-6299 or for Español: 615-809-1255

To discuss your specific case, please contact our offices.