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You’ve been arrested for DUI? Now what?
John Barnes, Brandon Fersten, and Oscar Butler, Attorneys

If you’ve come to this page you probably want to know what to expect when you or a loved one have been charged with a drug crime. The good news first, if you were charged with Simple Possession or Casual Exchange, there is a high likelihood that the charge is a misdemeanor, not a felony.

The bad news is that even misdemeanor drug crimes are prosecuted vigorously in Knox, Blount, Sevier, and surrounding counties. Drug convictions, even misdemeanor ones, can also carry serious consequences in the future when applying for jobs, financial aid, and any other activity in which a background check is required.

However, just because you’ve been charged does not mean that you will be convicted. Many simple possession cases are resolved with a permanent conviction on the defendant’s record. Getting a resolution that keeps your record clean is usually the first and most important goal when we represent people on misdemeanor drug charges. These charges also carry jail time, which can cause serious problems with a current job and with responsibilities like a mortgage or children.

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime you are likely stressed, maybe scared, and almost certainly have questions. The problem with looking for the answers on the internet is that every case is different. The likely outcome depends on the specific facts and circumstances of your case. There is a wealth of knowledge and information available to you via Google, but none of that information will give you as clear an idea of what to expect as talking with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Fortunately we are happy to speak with you and to answer questions about your case. You may not even need to come into the office. If you would like to discuss your Knox, Blount, Sevier, Roane, Loudon, Morgan, Jefferson, Anderson, or Greene County drug case, give us a call at 865-269-9296

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