Drug Crimes

Georgian residents regularly find themselves facing the potential of jail time or prison for drug-related offenses. The penalty depends on the severity of the charge and the severity depends on the amount and type of drug found in the individual’s possession. While some drug offenses, like marijuana, are considered misdemeanors, others, like the possession of heroin or cocaine, are felonies and come with serious consequences. If you have been arrested with drugs, it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney that can zealously represent your needs. The Alfred Law Firm is an experienced criminal defense law firm. We understand the impact these charges can have on a person’s life and will represent each client zealously. Contact the Alfred Law Firm for a consultation.

Controlled Substance Act

According to Georgia Law, drugs are called “controlled substances” and are broken down into “schedules.” These are classifications that separate drugs by their potential for abuse and acceptable medical use. The list is broken down below:

  • Schedule I: High potential for abuse and addiction and no accepted medical use.
  • Schedule II: High potential for abuse and addiction but comes with accepted medical uses under severe restriction
  • Schedule III: Lower chance of abuse and addiction but has an accepted medical use
  • Schedule IV: An even lower chance of abuse and dependency and an acceptable medical use.
  • Schedule V: The lowest potential for abuse and dependency and accepted medical use.

Knowing a drug’s schedule is important when charged with a drug crime. Schedule I drugs include, but are not limited to marijuana, heroin, LSD, and MDMA. Schedule II drugs include cocaine, codeine, morphine, methadone, and hydrocodone. Schedule III drugs include ketamine, anabolic steroids, and suboxone. Schedule IV drugs include Ambien, Xanax, Valium and others.

Penalties for drug possession: Most penalties for drug possession correlate to their schedule. Aside from marijuana, most possession charges are prosecuted as a felony. Schedule I and II drugs subject a person to jail time between 2-15 years. Schedule III, IV, V drugs can subject a person to 1-5 years in jail.

Marijuana laws

The attitude about marijuana has changed nationwide. Marijuana continues to remain illegal in Georgia, but the consequences don’t follow the drug’s schedule. Unless you participate in the medical marijuana program, being caught with the drug can still impact one’s future immensely. Simple possession is treated as a misdemeanor. This is anything less than one ounce. This crime can subject a person to up to one year in prison and a $1000 fine. More than an ounce is a felony, subjecting a convicted person to up to 10 years in prison and hefty fines. The consequences continue to get worse as the weight of the drug increases or evidence of sales, intent to sell, or trafficking is present.

Contact The Alfred Law Firm

Being caught with drugs is a serious offense. The consequences can be devastating. It is important to have a quality attorney that can develop and execute an effective criminal defense strategy. Alfred Law Firm is an experienced criminal defense law firm. We are dedicated to our clients’ futures. We understand how impactful these cases can be. If you need a law firm to assess your case, guide you through your legal matter and zealously represent your needs, contact The Alfred Law Firm.

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