If you are charged with any drug offense, an experienced drug lawyer (criminal attorney) can help. Your attorney will need to plan and execute viable defense strategies based on your unique case, including challenging the legitimacy of the search and seizure.
Cynthia Sherwood, SBL’s founding attorney has 1,000’s of hours of experience defending drug charges in both State & Federal court. Her defense strategies are methodical. She knows all the variables to a great defense and, most importantly, how to use those variables to tell a client’s story.
Our end goal is to return you to the life you had before this drug charge. While it’s not always possible, we can usually get pretty close.
We handle a wide variety of state and federal drug-related offenses, including:
Successful drug lawyers often defend drug charges using pretrial motions and negotiations. A simple example is the suppression of evidence for unlawful search and seizure. For simple possession or casual exchange, court officials will often show leniency in light of any proof that a defendant has been actively trying to overcome addictions or improve their life.
Whether it was a charge of simple possession, intent to distribute or conspiracy charges, many factors can come into play that will affect the fate of the case.
Some contributing factors include:
It is imperative that if charged with or under investigation for a drug crime, you should consult a drug lawyer to evaluate your case and represent your interests. Although many states have moved toward legalization, decriminalization, and leniency for drug offenses, Tennessee is not one of them. The enforcement and punishment of drug offense is strict in TN.
The state helped to lead the nation in 2014 with the legalization of industrial hemp production, but it’s currently enacted laws lag far behind much of the country regarding marijuana policy. TN has actually circumvented local governments to enforce it’s strict stance. The cities of Nashville and Memphis enacted local ordinances to support marijuana decriminalization measures. Governor Haslam signed into law in 2017 a bill that overturned local control of marijuana decriminalization. Nevertheless, the Tennessee General Assembly considered decriminalization during the 2017 session—the bill did not pass.