There are many classifications of drug charges in Georgia, all with strict penalties and an almost guaranteed mark on an individual’s criminal record. Even though the laws are strict and the penalties are harsh, there may be ways for a Georgia resident to lessen the impact of drug charges, such as through a strong criminal defense. The first step in the process is to develop an understanding of the charges, possible penalties, and available outcomes.
Drug Charges in Georgia
There are several classifications of drug charges in Georgia, with the most common being selling drugs, possession of drugs, intent to distribute drugs, or transporting/trafficking drugs. Here is a closer look at what these terms mean:
- Selling Drugs – Selling drugs means that the individual has accepted cash, property, or other possessions in return for illegal drugs. Commonly sold drugs include prescription pain pills, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and marijuana.
- Possession of Drugs – Being in possession of drugs means that there are illegal drugs located on an individual’s property, in their vehicle, or on their person. Possession of drugs can be a complex charge in cases where the property or vehicle owner is unaware that there are drugs present, or has allowed someone else to have drugs on their property.
- Intent to Distribute Drugs – There are several factors that can result in a charge of intent to distribute drugs, including the presence of drugs or drug paraphernalia, which includes a scale, plastic baggies, large amounts of cash, etc.
- Transporting/Trafficking Drugs – Transporting or trafficking drugs means that an individual has transported drugs from one location to another, commonly over state lines. Drug trafficking is especially common from South America, and from the United States into Canada. Even so, transporting or trafficking drugs can include transportation between cities, distributors, etc.
Each of these drug charges carry penalties that can be life changing for the person charged. Many drug offenses are automatically classified as a felony. However, a strong defense against charges of less than one-ounce of marijuana could result in a reduction in the charge to a misdemeanor.
Penalties for Drug Charges in Georgia
As previously mentioned, the penalties for drug charges in Georgia can include strict consequences. The most common penalties are:
- Expensive Fines – The fines for a drug conviction can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the charges.
- Suspension of Driver’s License - A conviction for drug charges is one of the most common ways that Georgia drivers lose their license. If convicted of felony drug charges, an individual may lose his or her driving privileges for several years.
- Probation – If convicted of drug charges, the individual likely will be placed on probation, which may include attending alcohol or DUI school, random drug testing, and other prohibitive requirements.
- Incarceration – Depending on the nature of the charges, a conviction for felony drug charges can result in short jail sentences or lengthy prison sentences of up to 30-years.
If you are facing drug charges and you are concerned about their impact on your future, take action right away by calling Abt Law Firm, LLC. Let our experienced Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney examine your case and secure the best outcome possible. If you want to avoid fines, jail time, or a permanent record, then do not wait to call Abt Law Firm, LLC at 1-800-NOJAIL-9 (1-800-665-2459) to set up a free consultation in our office, at the jail, or over the telephone.