Experienced Drug Crime Lawyer in Franklin, TN

Strong advocacy for clients in and near Franklin, Columbia, and Brentwood

A conviction for almost every type of drug crime will result in imprisonment and large fines. Convictions for any controlled substance such as heroin or cocaine can land you in jail for years or even decades. Subsequent drug crime offenses will result in even more prison time and large fines. On release from prison, you will likely have a difficult time finding employment and a place to live. If you’re convicted of a felony, you may lose your voting privileges and your right to carry firearms.

There is hope. There are often defenses that you can assert. At the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates, we have a strong record of success obtaining dismissals, acquittals, and reductions of drug crime charges to less serious offenses. We also pursue alternatives to the standard lock-them-up sentences, such as recovery courts which focus on treatment instead of punishment. If you are charged with a drug-related crime, don’t wait: call us in Franklin, Brentwood, or Columbia today to schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Did you know?

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, nearly 80% of all crimes have some involvement with drugs.

What is considered a drug crime in Tennessee?

Tennessee law makes it a criminal offense to knowingly:

  1. Manufacture a controlled substance.
  2. Deliver a controlled substance.
  3. Sell a controlled substance.
  4. Possess a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell the controlled substance.

It is also a criminal offense to knowingly possess or casually exchange a controlled substance.

What types of drugs charges do your Franklin criminal defense lawyers handle?

At the Law Offices of Adrian H. Altshuler & Associates, we represent defendants accused of drug-related crimes in federal and state courts, and represent clients charges with felonies or misdemeanors. Clients come to us for help when they are accused of:

We also work with clients whose professional licenses are at risk because of alleged drug abuse, as well as clients charged with other crimes while under the influence of drugs.

What are the schedules of controlled substances in Tennessee?

The state law that governs Tennessee drug crimes is the Tennessee Drug Control Act. Most violations begin with a determination of whether a drug is considered a “controlled substance.” Controlled substances, in Tennessee, are divided into the following categories:

  • Schedule I. These are the most dangerous drugs. Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and generally do not have any accepted medical use even for treatment under medical supervision. Examples include fentanyl, heroin, LSD, and methaqualone.
  • Schedule II. These drugs have a high potential for abuse, do have an accepted medical use (usually with severe restrictions), and “may lead to severe psychic or physical dependence.” Examples include cocaine, opium, cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.
  • Schedule III. These drugs have some potential for abuse, currently accepted medical uses, and “may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.” Examples include anabolic steroids, testosterone, and some hallucinogenic substances.
  • Schedule IV. These drugs have a low potential for abuse, a currently accepted medical use, and some risk of physical dependence or psychological dependence. Examples include various depressants and stimulants.
  • Schedule V. These drugs have a low potential for abuse, a currently accepted medical use, and “limited physical dependence or psychological dependence liability relative to the controlled substances listed in Schedule IV.” Examples include certain narcotics, depressants, and stimulants including codeine.
  • Schedule VI. This category includes marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinols; and certain cannabis equivalents.
  • Schedule VII. This category includes butyl nitrite and any isomer of butyl nitrite.

What are the penalties for drug offenses in Tennessee?

Generally (there are exceptions) the penalties are more severe for any criminal offense involving a Schedule I drug and lower for the subsequent categories:

  • Schedule I drug offenses: Class B felony resu