Drug possession charges can result in years behind bars and potentially a lifetime of carrying the “convicted felon” label. This means it can affect your job, your education, your housing, your personal relationships, and even your marriage. Though such charges are often taken lightly, they are quite serious and should be treated accordingly.
What you considered to be a small amount of drugs can result in a seriously severe sentence if a judge is inclined to believe that you need it.
In the state of Georgia, it is illegal to possess certain drugs. These can include drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and illegally obtained prescription drugs, among other controlled substances.
When someone is found to have committed a delinquent act that would have been charged a criminal offense, he or she can potentially receive the following penalties (according to O.C.G.A. §15-11-66):
When a person is convicted of a crime, not only does the entire family suffer. That is why I are such strong believer in giving people a second chance.
Many are not fully aware of the magnitude of their actions and don’t deserve tough sentences. Some even have learning disabilities and impulse control problems like A.D.HD. or A.D.D. and really just need medication or a good therapist.
It is not unusual for sentencing to include counseling, detention in a facility.
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Georgia law classifies drug possession penalties by the type of drug you are found in possession of. These drugs are categorized by “schedules” as listed below:
Also highly addictive,
drugs in this category include steroids like testosterone and ketamine.
These are substances that are sometimes prescribed by physicians for a variety of issues. When taken outside of the orders of a doctor, they are considered illegal.
If YOU HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF A CRIME BUT HAS NOT YET BEEN CHARGED, CALL US IMMEDIATELY. WE MAY BE ABLE TO PREVENT THE FILING OF FORMAL CHARGES.
Crimes are crimes committed by individuals. Many attribute the rise in crime to the increased availability of street drugs, growing levels of poverty, and inadequate prevention and intervention programs in schools.
I do provide criminal defense for adults. If you have gotten in trouble with the law feel free to go to my free case evaluation and submit your case to me to review. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Crimes are separated into two separate groups, felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are those crimes punishable by imprisonment of one year or less, and include crimes like DUI, resisting arrest without violence, loitering and prowling, and disorderly intoxication.
Felonies and misdemeanors are then further broken down by degrees. The break down into degrees is used to differentiate the level of severity of a particular type of crime. Given that explanation, the analysis of the different level of crimes is easy.
Misdemeanors a lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail time for up to one year. Typical misdemeanors include: petty theft, disturbing the peace, simple assault and battery, drunk driving without injury to others, drunkenness in public, various traffic violations and public nuisances.
Felonies are those crimes punishable by imprisonment of more than one year. They include rape, murder, robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and some ‘white collar’ crimes.
Capital crimes are those select crimes viewed as the most heinous and the most severely punished. Capital crimes are punishable by death. That doesn’t mean that every person convicted of a capital offense will be sentenced to death.
1st Degree Offenses are punishable by imprisonment of not more than 30 years in most circumstance.
Second degree offenses are next and consist of crimes punishable by no more than 15 years in prison.
Third degree offenses carry a punishment term of five years or less. Common examples are assault, battery, theft, fraud and various drug possession charges.
I have practiced criminal defense since 1983. I have represented defendants charged with every imaginable crime including murder!
As a Criminal Defense Attorney in Atlanta I have seen prosecutors walk away winning many cases due to the fact that the defendant was not represented with competent criminal defense lawyer. I know the laws and the procedures to stop that from happening to your case.
Before you go anywhere else, please go to my FREE case evaluation form and fill it out or feel free to call me 404.584.5060.
I promise the turn around in hearing from me is short lived because I know you need legal advice.
Everyone is entitled to a defense. This is ingrained in our psyche.
But it is not universally accepted.
It is important to understand the court system in georgia, your rights as a US citizen and what are the base charges there are for your case.
Misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance DISMISSED
Felony Possession of Controlled Substance 5 YRS PROBATION
Misdemeanor Driving while license suspeneded DISMISSED
‘Our son was so frightened when he made the mistake of shoplifting. You were so wonderful about reassuring him and us, and you got him probation as well as a referral to a community program. He got back to a normal AND crime-free life with no time served! Thank you!”