While both the possession of and the sale and trafficking of illegal drugs are serious crimes, drug trafficking is the more serious of the two and is always a felony in the state of Tennessee. Felonies are classified as Class A, B, C, D, or E, with the Class A felony being the most serious and Class E the least. The class of felony charge that goes along with drug trafficking in Tennessee depends upon the type of drug being trafficked, the amount of the drug, and the prior criminal record of the perpetrator. The more dangerous the type of drug and the more significant the amount, the lower the felony class, and the higher are the penalties for trafficking. If you’ve been charged with drug trafficking, you need to hire an experienced Tennessee drug crime attorney as soon as you are charged.
Federal law, via the Controlled Substances Act, classifies all illegal drugs and controlled substances according to a schedule, which ranges from Schedule I to Schedule V. This schedule is also used by state laws as well. Schedule I drugs are drugs that have the highest potential for abuse and that have no current medical use. Some of these include heroin, codeine, and similar opiates, along with some hallucinogens like mescaline. Even some prescription drugs are illegal if being trafficked. In general, the manufacture or delivery of more than 150 grams of morphine or heroin is considered to be a Class A felony with a prison sentence of 15 to 25 years.
If you have been charged with the crime of illegal drug trafficking, call to schedule a consultation with a Tennessee drug crime attorney today. The experienced legal professionals at the Integrity Law Firm, PLLC are equipped to deal with even the most challenging drug trafficking cases and will work hard to get you the best outcome. We serve the cities of Chattanooga, Cleveland, Soddy Daisy, Collegedale, and surrounding Tennessee communities. You can view our web page at theintegritylaw.com or reach us by phone at 423-498-5001. Call us today and let our legal professionals be your voice.
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