Simple possession and paraphernalia charges in Tennessee normally require a citation and release of the accused, unless some exception applies. In any event, your bond amount is par for the course. TCA 40-11-105 provides that "...in no event may a clerk set the amount of bail in excess of ... $1,000 if the defendant was charged with a misdemeanor" unless the defendant is deemed a flight risk.
Normally a pot charge is released without bond on a misdemeanor citation. It's not a high bond but I wonder why no citation release. Are you sure it was a misdemeanor charge?
Claiborne H. Ferguson, Esq. is * Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. * Certified as a Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.
It is not an unusually high bond for a misdemeanor.
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