I am not a TN lawyer so I cannot comment on matters of TN law or procedure. However, had you asked this question in Florida, where I have been a practicing criminal defense attorney for a quarter of a century, then I would say that you are looking at a permanent criminal conviction and State prison time. (How much I do not know... in FL it would be 15 years, but, again I cannot speak to TN.)
I would also tell you that a) you may or may not enjoy viable defenses to the charges, affirmative or otherwise, or there may be factual, legal, procedural or substantive mechanisms by which to attack and beat the charges in your unique case, I do not know and the forum to find out is NOT on line; rather it is in the sanctity of attorney's offices, where your statements are privileged and cannot be used against you and b) that the best way for you to get competent advise is going to be to consult with an experienced and local criminal defense lawyer who can follow-up on your information with questions of her/his own, as well as review the police reports and whatever evidence that you may provide and then offer an informed opinion.
My advise (regardless of your State is to): GET OFFLINE (caps intentional) and into a skilled and experienced Newport, TN area criminal defense lawyer's office. Use the "Find a Lawyer" feature on AVVO to locate proximate lawyers, make an appointment, show up on time, bring whatever evidence, documents or witnesses that you may have, engage in a meaningful face-to-face consultation and get yourself some advise which is legally sound and has been custom tailored as possible to meet your specific reasonable needs in your unique case.
That said, again I am not a TN lawyer and you are best advised to find a Newport, TN area criminal defense lawyer, engage in a meaningful consultation and get yourself some advise which is legally sound and has been custom tailored to meet your needs in your case.
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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You are looking at prison, probably for many years. Does that help you in some way. The thing is this, that most defendants merely want to know how long they will be in prison, and that decision is not made until many, many things are known. There are many things that can be done for anyone charged with crime by a private criminal defense attorney. You want to gloss over all of the required procedures and get right to how much time, without even considering whether there are defensive motions and tactics that can either get the evidence suppressed or the case dismissed.
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You need to talk to a local defense attorney to get a good answer to your question. The answer varies not only from state to state, but also from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In the jurisdiction where I practice most often, a first time drug sale would get you a minimum of 2-3 years in prison (if only one sale and for a personal use amount), followed by at least 8 years on probation. But again - this varies according to where you are. Seek legal counsel immediately.
It's a Class D felony, which carries 2-4 years as a range 1 offender (someone with 0-1 priors). All of that may be on probation, split confinement, or in prison. Restitution must be paid if applicable, and a mandatory minimum fine of at least $2000.00 will be imposed if convicted. With no prior history, you may be eligible for judicial diversion which means that if you successfully complete probation, you can have the charge wiped from your record. Contact a local defense attorney and let us advise you as to potential defenses and options you may have based on your circumstances.
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