Atlanta Drug Offense Lawyer
Fighting Drug Charges in Fulton County
If you live in Atlanta, Georgia, it is important to realize that the state and county laws against drugs and controlled substances are some of the harshest in the country. Unless you have a specific, narrowly limited prescription, then any manufacturing, distribution, or possession of even the smallest amount of narcotics or drugs is considered to be illegal. With the recent war on drugs programs offered by government officials trying to sway politics to their side, law enforcement officials have been encouraged to act in even stricter manners, arresting and interrogating people for the slightest provocation.
This is why you need a skilled Atlanta drug offense attorney to work for you. The Law Office of Ahmad R. Crews is determined to support you when you have been accused of this serious offense.
Georgia Marijuana Laws
In most states, possessing, selling, growing, or trafficking any amount of marijuana is viewed as an illegal act. About half of the country does allow cannabis for medicinal use, but one must have a certified prescription for this. In Georgia, the cannabis oil used for medical purposes is allowed, but you cannot grow the plants yourself, and there is no clarity how this oil is supposed to be obtained when it cannot be grown.
Outside of limited allowances for medicinal purposes, Georgia has very strict laws for possession, selling, or transporting marijuana, and prosecutors will not go easy on you for having even small amounts of the drug on your person. If you have more than a single ounce of marijuana with you or at your property in the state of Georgia, you can face a felony charge resulting in up to 10 years of incarceration.
What are Prescription Drug Offenses?
It may seem strange to have such strict laws about prescriptions, but Georgia is very harsh to those who disobey the rules about legal amounts of prescription drugs.
Some of the examples of when you cannot legally possess prescription drugs include:
- Having a drug on you that does not come with a prescription, even if this drug is just being temporarily held for a family member or a friend.
- Altering a prescription or forging a signature
- Selling medicinal prescriptions or acting as the buyer on behalf of another person
- When you alter or forge a prescription, or engage in “doctor shopping” to obtain a prescription
Is Selling Drugs a Felony in Georgia?
Selling drugs is a felony in Georgia. Unlawful sale/distribution of any Schedule I or II Controlled Substance is a felony punishable by a term of incarceration of one to 30 years in prison, depending on quantity. Sale of any Schedule III, IV or V Controlled Substance is a felony punishable by one to ten years in prison, depending on quantity. So depending on the drug that you are selling and the quantity, you will face harsher penalties. Unlawful possession of any Schedule I Controlled Substance, Schedule II narcotic, or Schedule II non- narcotic is felony punishable by a term of incarceration of 2 - 30 years, depending on the quantity.
What are the Penalties for Possession of Prescription Drugs in Georgia?
The penalties for possessing prescription drugs in Georgia vary depending on what type of drug it is.
- Possession of any Schedule I or narcotic Schedule II drugs: punishable with 2-15 years in prison. Subsequent convictions are punishable with up to 30 years in prison.
- Possession of non-narcotic Schedule II drugs: punishable with 2-15 years in prison. Subsequent convictions are punishable with 5-30 years in prison.
- Possession of Schedule III, IV, or V drugs: punishable by 1-5 years in prison. Subsequent convictions are punishable with 1-10 years in prison.
Felony Drug Offenses
Because drug laws are so strict in the state of Georgia, having any class of controlled substances on your person or at your property can turn into a felony charge. There is only one exception – if you possess less than an ounce of marijuana, you will be charged at a maximum level of a misdemeanor. Getting a felony conviction is a grave situation, since incarceration can last for over a year, and you will likely have to pay for expensive fines of the court, in addition to costly drug abuse counseling and treatment. It is important to contact our Atlanta drug offense lawyer as soon as possible to keep such a serious conviction from going on your record forever.
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