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The penalties for marijuana possession

Although many states have relaxed their laws related to marijuana, Tennessee continues to prosecute those who violate state laws regarding marijuana. Although marijuana possession is a relatively minor offense in the realm of drug crimes, it can still have a significant impact on an individual's life. For this reason, those who are hit with drug charges need to ensure that they put forth a strong criminal defense in hopes of protecting their future as fully as possible.

How can a marijuana-related conviction affect an individual? It depends on the circumstances. An individual who is convicted of possessing less than half of an ounce, for example, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, which could be punishable by jail time of up to nearly a year and a fine that can be as high as $2,500. Subsequent offenses can increase the penalties. A third or subsequent conviction for possession of marijuana is considered a Class E felony, punishable by up to six years in prions and a fine of up to $3,000.

Possessing marijuana plants can result in serious charges, too. This may be because plants can yield a higher quantity of this substance, and those who possess multiple plants may be assumed to be selling the drug for financial gain. For this reason, Tennessee makes possessing 20 to 99 marijuana plants a Class C felony. Those convicted of this crime could be hit with up to 15 years in prison and a fine upwards of $10,000.

As one can see, even though marijuana is oftentimes considered a lesser drug, it can still leave an individual facing serious consequences if he or she is convicted of a marijuana-related crime. This is why many Tennesseans who are accused of a drug crime find it beneficial to discuss their case with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Taking this step could help a defendant create a strong legal strategy aimed at favorably resolving the case.

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