Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Barnette Law Offices, LLC – Tennessee Drug Crime Attorney’s

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Drug charges cover a broad range of offenses, from the less severe, such as simple possession of a small amount of certain drugs, to the more serious, such as participation in an ongoing drug-related criminal enterprise or manufacturing and distributing drugs.

Even minor charges can be stressful, however, and carry the risk of serious penalties upon conviction; the more serious charges, of course, can give rise to even more severe consequences.

An experienced Tennessee criminal defense attorney such as Jason Barnette of Barnette Law Offices, LLC in Nashville can take some of the terror out of drug charges by answering questions and guiding an accused offender through the complex legal process that awaits.

Due to the fact that even smaller or more minor drug charges can result in a criminal record that can last for the rest of your life, it is important to contact a Tennessee Drug Crime Defense Lawyer at Barnette Law Offices, LLC as soon as possible in order to protect your legal and Constitutional rights against a federal drug charge or state drug charge.

Federal Drug Charges:

The United States judicial system is divided into state and federal courts. Whether a person accused of a drug-related crime is prosecuted in the federal or state criminal system depends on what laws were violated, the severity of the offense(s), and the policies and procedures of each court system.

Out of the millions of felony prosecutions filed each year, less than ten percent are filed in the federal system. Often a particular criminal behavior will violate both a state and a federal law, and drug charges are no exception. In theory, the offender could be prosecuted in both systems for the same criminal activity, but in practice this rarely happens.

Most federal and state prosecutors divide up criminal charges based on availability of resources, which statute most closely fits the criminal conduct, available punishment in each system, and each system's policy considerations. If accused of a drug charge, it is crucial to contact a skilled Nashville Drug Crime Defense attorney such as Jason Barnette as soon as possible who is licensed to practice in both the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and before all Tennessee state courts.

The main federal law at issue in drug cases is the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, which codified federal drug law into a uniform system. The Act classifies drugs into five categories, listed in schedules, and establishes regulatory requirements and penalties for the misuse of the drugs on each schedule.

The Act also allows the United States Attorney General to add drugs to the schedules as necessary. Most states have drug laws that mirror the federal act, but the penalties may be less harsh and more flexible under state sentencing schemes than under the federal sentencing guidelines.

A conviction for simple possession, for example may receive a sentence under state law of drug treatment rather than jail time, and probation may be available to first-time offenders for even the more serious crimes.

We at Barnette Law Offices, LLC can explain the differences between the Tennessee state and federal court systems, both in general terms and with regard to drug charges in particular.

Drug Charges:

If you have been charged with drug possession or intent to sell, you need a Nashville Drug Crime Lawyer or Tennessee Drug Crime Attorney such as Jason Barnette to protect your rights.

A drug charge can significantly affect your life including your ability to work or drive a vehicle. You will often risk jail time. Do not let your rights go unprotected. Contact a Tennessee Drug Crime Defense Lawyer at Barnette Law Offices, LLC today.  We are dedicated to protecting your Constitutional rights.


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