Defending Against Drug Charges in Georgia
Have you been charged with drug offenses after a party in Georgia? The State of Georgia has what is likely the strictest drug laws of most other states throughout the Southeast, and possibly in the entire United States. Most drug charges are categorized as felonies, and there are many complicating factors involved that contribute to the severity of each charge.
The Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown in Atlanta, Georgia, has talented and experienced attorneys who can defend your rights and argue your case before the courts. The three most common drug-related charges we see at the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown are:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance
- Drug Trafficking
There are distinct differences between each offense, and you should understand a bit about each, especially if you are being charged with one of them. Don’t let a misunderstanding or a confusing situation ruin your life – call Dwayne L. Brown if you have been levied with any type of drug-related charges in Georgia.
Possession of a Controlled Substance
This charge means that you had any amount of an illegal controlled substance in your possession when questioned or apprehended by law enforcement officers. Being in possession means you had the drugs physically on your person, within reach or inside a vehicle or home that you legally own or in which you reside.
Under Georgia law, felony or misdemeanor possession charges are determined by the details surrounding the arrest. These details include the type of controlled substance as well as the amount found in your possession. Where you were found in possession of the controlled substance also matters. For example, being found with any drug in any amount within the limits of a school zone substantially increases the severity of the charges.
The penalties for possessing a controlled substance can include, probation, fines, losing your driver’s license and even jail time. As when determining the severity of charges, sometimes the circumstances surrounding the arrest can help your case. A criminal attorney from the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown can examine your case, provide you with more information and explain your options.
Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance
This charge becomes more involved with the details surrounding your arrest for possession. Any amount judged by law enforcement officers to be beyond that reasonably expected for personal use can be considered extra for the purposes of distribution by sale or giving for free. This is a more serious charge, because you are believed to be contributing to the crimes of others by providing illegal substances for their use.
Other factors that can lead to or contribute to the severity of this charge are the possession of plastic bags, weight scales, weapons or large amounts of cash. Additionally, the location of these articles and the controlled substances in question at the time of your arrest have significant weight on your case.
Possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance is an automatic felony offense in the State of Georgia. The type of drugs and amounts will affect the possible penalties. They can include heavy fines and up to 40 years of jail time.
This charge is for the specific act of bringing a certain amount of controlled substances across state or national boundaries. The offender is believed to be involved in wholesale transportation of drugs for the purposes of mass distribution. The type and amount of drugs involved will directly impact the severity of your drug trafficking charges.
Drug trafficking is likely the most serious non-violent drug charge you can face. When larger amounts of controlled substances are involved, jail time is a minimum of 25 years and fines can reach one million dollars.
Experienced Legal Representation for Drug-Related Charges in Georgia
Drug-related offenses in Georgia are serious, which is why it is essential for you to have experienced, knowledgeable legal representation to defend your rights and argue your case. The Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown is dedicated to fighting for the best possible outcome for your case. If you are charged with any drug-related crimes in Georgia, call us at 678-505-0559 to discuss your case and examine your legal options.
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