Even a charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana is nothing to ignore. While these drug charges are misdemeanors, they can impact your life. They can result in a jail sentence, required drug treatment, a fine, and could even take away your privilege to drive and result in the suspension of your license. In Georgia marijuana is the only drug that has a misdemeanor level, all other drugs are more serious crimes that carry longer prison sentences, as well as other severe penalties.
If you have been arrested on any type of drug offense in Georgia, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible about your rights.
I have been consistently involved in drug cases in my time as a Fulton County Prosecutor as well as a criminal defense attorney. I have training from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police as a Drug Recognition Expert. I use my skills and experience to benefit my clients who deserve quality legal representation in possession of marijuana cases.
A conviction on marijuana possession for less than one ounce can lead to the following penalties:
- Jail- Up to one year (possible probation)
- Fines- up to $1,000
- Misdemeanor Offense
- Conviction will remain on your permanent criminal history and may cause other complications and affects on your job and personal life
Many people believe that an arrest will result in a conviction. However, that is not necessarily true. Marijuana possession cases involve issues of law and science.
Questions that must be answered as to your rights. It must be determined: how did the police came into contact with you? How did the police find the marijuana? Did the police officer ask for your consent to search? Answering these questions can help to determine if the search itself was legal. If the search was not legally conducted, then any evidence could be suppressed and prevented from being able to be used in court against you.
THE SCIENTIFIC RELIABILITY OF THE EVIDENCE
When you are charged with a drug offense, the State is required to prove all of the evidence against you, including that the substance was in fact an illegal drug. For all recognized felony drug charges, there are scientific test which can be used to determine if the substance is actually the narcotic the officer alleged. However, there is no recognized scientific test to determine if a substance is in fact a part of the canabis family! In Georgia, police officers use the modified Duquonese levine test and the fast blue test in order to confirm that you were in possession of marijuana. Yet neither of these tests are scientifically validated! In fact, there is no known “control substance” available in Georgia for law enforcement to use to verify that the substance taken from you and tested is in fact marijuana.
Atlanta Drug Crimes Defense Attorney
Misdemeanor drug crimes in Georgia includes the charge of possession of marijuana.
But, just because you have been charged with a crime does not mean that you are guilty or that you have to accept the penalties that you are facing.
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