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Heroin charges in Tennessee are a serious matter

It should come as no surprise that Tennessee maintains fairly harsh drug sentencing laws — but you may be surprised to learn just how severe those consequences can be when it comes to hard drugs. Heroin carries nearly unbelievable penalties that may seem more appropriate for repeat violent criminal than an individual carrying or selling heroin.

Part of the issue here is that heroin is a Schedule I drug, meaning it is criminalized at both the state and federal level. If you face drug charges related to heroin, you should use every tool you have to fight these charges. If the judge hearing your case chooses to throw the book at you unimpeded, you may lose years of your life behind bars and thousands of dollars in fines, all for a foolish mistake.

For scale, consider some of the maximum sentences on the books. In some cases, you could face up to 60 years in prison (yes, 60) and up to a half-million dollars in fines. While it is not likely that you will receive this sentence, it demonstrates just how harsh the law can be toward heroin offenders.

Do not give the prosecution in your case any more time than you must to build a case against you before you begin building your defense. An experienced defense attorney can help you begin building your defense immediately, using the law to protect your rights and ensure that you do not simply roll over and receive an unfair sentence from courts that wish to "make an example" of your circumstances. You have a full life ahead of you; don't let a foolish error rob you of it.

Source: Goble & Yow PLLC, "Drug Charges," accessed Sep. 22, 2017

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