Drug Charges Can Cost Your Freedom
On January 19, 2022, law enforcement arrested a Milner, GA man and his Maine resident partner for a number of drug-related crimes, ranging from possession of drug paraphernalia to possession and intent to sell and deliver several different drugs, including marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, methamphetamine and THC edibles. These men now face the potential of spending decades in jail. Having an experienced criminal justice attorney with experience in defending drug crimes could make an enormous difference in their outcomes.
Drug Crimes Carry Tough Sentences
Indeed, Georgia law doesn’t go easy on sentencing when it comes to convictions for drug possession or trafficking charges. For example, if convicted of felony possession of Schedule I narcotics, a first-time offender can face 2-15 years in prison. Add on a conviction of Intent to Sell a Schedule I narcotic, and the sentence can run from 5-30 years for a first-time offender. So, it’s easy to see why you need a determined, dedicated attorney on your team when you face these types of charges in court.
Nearly 6000 people were admitted to the Georgia prison system for drug charges in 2021. Many of these inmates won’t be going home for a very long time. Because many people settle for a public defender for their drug offenses, they may not have had the most vigilant defense available due to a lack of time and resources.
Public Defenders are Overworked and Under-Resourced
While it’s true that many defendants are entitled to a public defender to represent them in court, there are problems with that option. First, while plenty of talented attorneys work as public defenders, they are almost always overwhelmed with the sheer number of assigned cases. Add to that the lack of taxpayer money to provide sufficient resources for things like extensive investigation and expert witnesses, and it’s easy to see why your case may not get the attention and dedication it would from a private attorney.
When facing misdemeanor charges, this lack of resources and time may not be life-changing. But if you face felony drug charges, it’s a different story. Your freedom, finances and future all depend on having an experienced attorney on your side of the table.
What Can an Experienced Defense Attorney Do for You?
When you’re facing big charges, you need an attorney who knows the law inside and out. A good defense attorney knows how to prepare for your case to give you the best possible defense. A conviction of a drug felony can affect the rest of your life. In addition to the years lost to prison, you can also have difficulty in every other area of your life. Relationships suffer, jobs are lost and finding a safe place to live and a decent job becomes extremely difficult with a felony drug record.
A qualified criminal defense attorney will investigate every area of the charges against you. Your attorney will work to discredit evidence, file motions to prevent certain witnesses from testifying against you and more to give you the best opportunity to have your charges reduced or even dismissed if possible. In addition, your attorney will work with the prosecution to fight on your behalf to get you bailed out of jail before trial, reduce jail time and fines and more.
Having a highly-regarded attorney sitting at your side in a courtroom can go a long way toward helping you deal with this frightening and challenging time. Your attorney can ensure that you are treated fairly, with due process and not left fighting for yourself.
Dwayne L. Brown and his team provide experienced and understanding legal defense services in Montgomery and Atlanta, and the surrounding areas. Contact the team today at (404) 738-6000.
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