Georgia is tough on drug crimes, but multiple options exist for non-violent and first-time offenders who may benefit more from rehabilitation than prison. Without the help of an experienced GA drug crimes attorney, however, it can be extremely difficult to make use of alternative sentencing programs.
Why You Need a Drug Crimes Lawyer
A conviction for possession of even a small amount of an illegal substance will result in a minimum six month driver’s license suspension. Second and subsequent convictions carry a longer license suspension. If you are facing charges for any type of criminal offense, the skilled legal team at the Law Office of Adam D. Brown, LLC can help. Contact us today at (404) 883-8893 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
Drug Possession Penalties
Drugs are classified into four categories—Schedule I, II, III, and IV. Penalties for drug possession convictions vary based on multiple factors, including the type of drug you are in possession of, and whether it was your first or subsequent offense.
- Possession of Schedule I and Schedule II drugs: Up to 15 years for first offense, up to 30 years for subsequent offenses.
- Possession of non-narcotic Schedule II drugs: Up to 15 years for first offense, up to 30 years for subsequent offenses.
- Possession of Schedule III, IV, and V drugs: Up to five years for first offense, up to 10 years for subsequent offenses.
- Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and include heroin, ecstasy, PCP, and LSD.
- Schedule II drugs are also considered quite dangerous and include Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Adderall.
- Schedule III and IV drugs have a low risk of abuse and include Xanax, Ambien, and certain muscle relaxants.
Drug Trafficking and Distribution
Drug trafficking and distribution refers to the selling and transporting of controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Penalties vary widely based on various factors, such as the type and quantity of drugs and whether or not there were children present. In general, however, sentences are severe and can range from three years to life in prison.
Drug trafficking is a felony offense that applies to the illegal distribution of controlled substances including prescription drugs. If you have been charged with drug trafficking, contact an experienced GA drug crimes attorney immediately.
In addition to the criminal penalties you may be facing for drug charges, there are a whole slew of long-term consequences, including the inability to secure housing, insurance, employment, school loans. A conviction for drug possession can also affect your child custody rights. There is also a serious social stigma attached to drug charges. An experienced GA defense attorney can help you protect your rights, freedom, and reputation.
Further, drug-related objects, such as materials for cultivating, growing, packaging, inhaling, or injecting drugs, can be punishable with jail time and hefty fines.
Alternative Sentencing Options
Felony drug convictions with sentences of 10 years or less may be reduced to a misdemeanor, upon approval of the court.
First-time offenders, at the court’s discretion, may be eligible for a period of probation in lieu of a criminal conviction. This is known as conditional discharge. As part of this program, the defendant may be required to enroll in a substance abuse treatment program. In most cases, if the defendant adheres to all the rules and does not violate probation, he/she will avoid a criminal record.
Contact the Law Office of Adam D. Brown, LLC Today
If you have been charged with any type of drug crime, the skilled legal team at the Law Office of Adam D. Brown, LLC can help. Our experienced defense team will assess your case to determine how to move forward, and we will remain by your side throughout the entire process. We will work tirelessly to get your charges reduced, or dropped altogether. Don’t go through this challenging time on your own. We can help. Contact the Law Office of Adam D. Brown, LLC today at (404) 883-8893 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.