Possession with the Intent to Distribute (PWI), sale or delivery, and cultivation of marijuana are much more serious crimes than simple possession. They are treated as felonies and carry lengthy jail sentences.
The problem is that even if someone is caught distributing a small amount, even if it is not for commercial gain, they are facing penalties that could put them in jail for many years. A common example of this is someone who buys an ounce and gives some to a friend.
Whenever facing a felony drug charge, it is highly recommended to seek professional legal counsel. Call 1-855-9-ATL-DUI for a free consultation.
Penalties with Intent to Distribute, Sale or Delivery, Cultivation:
|Offense||Penalty Grade||Jail||Maximum Fines|
|10 lbs or less||felony||1 – 10 years||$ 0|
|10 – 2000 lbs||felony||5 – 30 years||$ 100,000|
|2000 – 10,000 lbs||felony||7 – 30 years||$ 250,000|
|More than 10,000 lbs||felony||15 – 30 years||$ 1,000,000|
|Within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a park, or a housing project, or in a drug free zone||felony||20 -40 years||$ 40,000|
Additional consequences for a felony marijuana offense can include:
- Employment- For many licensed professional, a marijuana conviction could lead to a suspension or revocation of their license. School teachers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, pilots, servicemen and women can be at risk depending on their disciplinary history. This is why it is best to contact a professional attorney to learn about the charges against you.
- Driving License Suspension- Convictions for marijuana possession with the intent to distribute, sale, or cultivation results in a license suspension. The details are listed below:
Offense Suspension Restoration Restoration Fee 1st within 5 years 180 days Conditional after 180 days $210 2nd within 5 years 3 years Conditional after 1 year $310 3rd within 5 years 5 years Conditional after 2 years $410
There are many conditions that must be met before a license is restored. Please contact a qualified Georgia drug lawyer for more details.
- Criminal Background Checks- A felony drug conviction will show up on your criminal record for the rest of your life. This can make finding meaningful work almost impossible. Most employers will shy away from hiring a convicted felon even if the incident happened many years ago.
- Increased Auto Insurance Rates- Many people do not realize it, but a drug conviction can prompt your insurance company to increase your rates, often times drastically.
- Civil Asset Forfeiture- The government may seize assets (for example your car) that were used in a crime. There are complicated procedures by which you may be able to recover these assets.
Felony marijuana charges are very serious because of the lengthy jail sentences and how they can change the rest of your life
To learn how to protect your rights, please call Atlanta Marijuana Attorney Doug Chanco for a free consultation at 1-855-9-ATL-DUI.