Spoon and lighter being used as drug paraphernalia

Drug Paraphernalia Charges in Tennessee

Possessing materials to make drugs isn’t as bad as having the actual drug themselves, right? That might be the case in the public eye, but law enforcement may disagree. Depending on the materials someone may have, even if a person is found with no drugs and only drug paraphernalia, that person could face serious consequences.

Drug paraphernalia is any object used to facilitate drug use, such as pipes, bongs, syringes, and other items. While some of these items may have legitimate uses, they are often associated with illegal drug use.

Drug paraphernalia can be dangerous because it is used to help those who use drugs. Using illegal drugs is not only risky and potentially deadly but can lead to criminal consequences.

Penalties for Drug Paraphernalia Possession

In Tennessee, the following penalties are typically associated with drug paraphernalia charges.

Class A Misdemeanor

This is the most significant misdemeanor someone can be charged with in Tennessee. Someone facing a Class A Misdemeanor could find themselves facing:

  • Imprisonment of up to 11 months and 29 days;
  • A fine of up to $2,500;
  • Probation; and,
  • Court costs.

While the maximum fine will not be more than $2,500, if an individual has a prior drug-related conviction, the minimum fine is usually higher than someone who doesn’t have a prior conviction.

Class E Felony

This is the lowest felony charge someone can face in Tennessee, but nonetheless, it should be taken seriously. Those who are charged with a Class E felony could face:

  • Imprisonment up to six years;
  • A fine of up to $3,000;
  • Probation; and,
  • Court costs.

If you are facing charges of selling or possessing drug paraphernalia, it is important to talk to a possession of drug paraphernalia lawyer. This attorney can help you understand the charges against you and build a strong defense.

If you find yourself facing these allegations, look no further than Meade Law Group. We will work for the best possible outcome of your case so you can get back to living your life. Contact our dedicated attorneys today online or by phone. (423) 464-7779