Drug Crimes Defense Attorney In Knox County

Cameron Bell, Attorney At Law, offers skilled and experienced criminal defense representation, including defense against drug charges. Here are just some of the drug-related offenses our clients have been accused of:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug trafficking
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Illegal use, possession or storage of prescription drugs
  • Criminal and civil forfeiture associated with drug crimes

Penalty Enhancements And Other Consequences

In Tennessee generally and in Knox County specifically, prosecutors rarely go easy on defendants in drug cases. Due to the application of additional charges and sentence enhancements, defendants often end up facing far worse consequences than they anticipated. Some of these include:

  • Charging above and beyond possession. Being charged with simple possession is bad enough. But prosecutors often try to bring additional charges for intent to distribute.
  • Charges of possession in a drug-free school zone. If you were caught possessing drugs in or near a school zone (which includes being within 1,000 feet of a park or church), your possession charges could be increased, resulting in mandatory minimum sentencing if convicted.
  • Civil and criminal forfeiture. These laws make it very easy for law enforcement agencies to seize and keep any assets that can be loosely connected to criminal activity. Without being convicted (or even charged in some cases), individuals have been forced to forfeit cash, motor vehicles and other valuable property.

Drug convictions can also lead to additional, non-criminal consequences, especially for students. When college students are convicted of a drug offense, they often face separate disciplinary actions through their school or university. A conviction can result in suspension or expulsion from school and/or the loss of a scholarship.

Should You Take A Plea Deal?

The vast majority of criminal cases (especially drug cases) are resolved through plea deals. This is largely because prosecutors are able to threaten defendants with more serious charges and sentence enhancements if they exercise their right to a trial.

Some criminal defense attorneys pressure their clients into taking a plea deal or they simply agree to one without discussing it with their clients. That won't be the case when you hire Cameron Bell, Attorney At Law. We will never take a plea deal without your consent, and we will not try to convince you to take a deal unless it is in your best interests to do so.

Instead, drug crimes defense lawyer Cameron Bell will discuss all of your options with you, as well as the probable outcomes associated with each option. Then, you will have the final say in how we proceed.

Call Our Firm Today For A Free Initial Consultation

With an office in Knoxville, Cameron Bell, Attorney At Law, offers free initial consultations to prospective clients throughout Knox County. To schedule an appointment with an experienced attorney, call us at 865-219-3545 or fill out our online contact form.