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Penalties and fines for cheating a drug test in Tennessee

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Criminal Law

Drug testing is often a requirement in various situations, such as pre-employment screening or legal proceedings. Companies may also conduct regular checks to ensure the safety and productivity of their workplaces.

However, some people may try to alter the results of these tests. Tennessee law considers this a serious offense that can result in criminal charges.

Ways people cheat drug tests

Cheating on a drug test often involves the use of substances or devices that can distort the results. Some common methods include:

  1. Using synthetic urine: Some individuals might try to pass the test by substituting their urine with synthetic urine.
  2. Diluting urine samples: This method involves adding water to the urine sample, reducing the concentration of drugs and making them harder to detect.
  3. Using substances to adulterate the sample: Certain substances can interfere with the test’s ability to detect drugs, and some people might add these to their urine samples.
  4. Substituting someone else’s urine: In some instances, individuals might opt to use another person’s urine instead of their own.

In Tennessee, cheating on any drug test, whether at home or administered professionally, is illegal and carries severe penalties.

Consequences of this offense

Manipulating the results of a drug test and unlawfully selling synthetic urine is a crime. A person intentionally using or possessing any substance or device to falsify a drug test could face a Class A misdemeanor charge, which can result in up to 11 months of imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500. This includes using synthetic urine or other products to manipulate the test results.

Selling synthetic urine for purposes other than approved educational, medical, or scientific use can result in a Class C misdemeanor charge. A Class C misdemeanor could result in imprisonment for up to 30 days and a fine of up to $50. However, the actual punishment often depends on the specifics of the case and the individual’s prior criminal history.

Rightful selling as a defense

In the case of selling synthetic urine, it’s not illegal if the seller has authorization and the sale is for legitimate use. But, the seller must keep records of the purpose of each sale for at least five years. Those facing allegations of cheating on drug tests might use this as a defense. But, leveraging this defense can be complicated. A legal professional can be beneficial in these situations and in managing other aspects of a criminal case.