Drug Crimes

Drug offenses can have severe and long-lasting consequences, including incarceration, monetary fines, and the loss of employment or educational opportunities. As a highly professional drug crimes attorney, I am committed to protecting your rights and fighting for the best possible outcome in your case.

I understand the importance of early intervention and thorough investigation and will work diligently to gather all relevant information and evidence to determine if your constitutional rights were violated. In addition, I have a network of counselors, programs, and rehabilitation centers at my disposal to help those struggling with substance abuse issues. Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge, you can trust that I will provide you with the highest level of representation and advocate for your rights at every step.

Most state felony drug crimes are governed by Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-17-417, which makes it an offense to manufacture, deliver, or sell a controlled substance, or to possess a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell it. Controlled substances are separated into various drug schedules as set forth in federal and state laws.

The penalties for drug felonies are divided into classes A, B, C, D, or E, and can be enhanced based on the type and amount of drugs at issue. For example, felony drug cases involving cocaine or methamphetamine carry vastly different penalties based solely on whether the seizure involved one-half gram or more, a class B felony (range 8 – 30 years), or less than one-half gram, which is a C felony (range 3 – 15 years).

In addition, the penalties may be further enhanced depending on the facts and location of the offense. For example, a drug crime that occurs in a restricted zone (within 500 feet of a school or certain public places) or where vulnerable persons are present, can result in harsh mandatory minimum sentences served at 100%, with no sentence reduction credits. If a firearm is possessed during the commission of a felony drug crime (or any defined dangerous felony), that too carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 3 years to serve at 100%, mandatory consecutive to the underlying drug or dangerous felony.

Misdemeanors are lower-level offenses that carry a maximum sentence of 11 months, 29 days, mandatory fines, and in the case of methamphetamine, a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 days in jail.

It takes a skilled drug crimes attorney to properly analyze and diagnose the issues in a case. No matter the facts or the stakes, Mr. Wallace will formulate and execute a strategy to protect your rights and your liberty.