It is now common knowledge that it is illegal to drive a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances. Did you know that it is also illegal to carry a handgun while under the influence? This applies whether a person is driving or just walking around. In fact, under Tennessee law, it is a separate crime to possess a handgun while under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substance or intoxicant. Interestingly, at least one statute limits the weapon to a handgun, and not a long gun, or rifle.
The penalty for carrying a handgun under the influence is up to 11 months and 29 days of jail time as well as up to a $2500 fine.
If you are charged with carrying a handgun while under the influence, you need a strong, experienced criminal defense lawyer to assist you. If you’ve been accused of this crime in Clarksville or the surrounding areas, reach out to us today for a free consultation. We may be able to review your case, take you on as a client, and fight these accusations on your behalf.
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