Federal and state governments are currently taking a hard stance when it comes to drug charges and offer very little leniency in these cases. Although drug charges can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor the jail time and fines involved are often substantial. If you have been charged with a drug-related crime then you should contact us immediately. We have the experience you will need to fight your charges, perhaps getting them reduced or even dismissed entirely.
What exactly is a drug charge?
In Georgia, a drug charge would be a crime related to the possession, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances. If you do not have a prescription for a drug then it is also illegal to possess, manufacture or distribute them as well.
There are various types of drug charges in Georgia and they include:
- Being under the influence of drugs
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Possession with intent to sell
- Trafficking in drugs and drug-related objects
- Prescription fraud
- Cultivation, manufacture and distribution of drugs
The three most common drug offenses in Georgia are:
- Possession – Possession can vary in severity depending on many different factors. The main two are the type of drug found in your possession and how much of it there was. It also makes a difference if you were near a school zone, if you have previous drug convictions or if the police suspect that you were trying to sell the drugs. If you have a charge of possession with intent to sell, then the penalties and fines will be much harsher.
- Drug trafficking – This is similar to possession with intent to sell but on a much larger scale. It involves selling, transporting, smuggling and importing drugs across international or state borders and the government takes it very seriously.
- Prescription fraud – It involves attempting to illegally obtain legal drugs like painkillers and it is a growing problem in many states.