Violations of laws related to drugs and other controlled substances are prosecuted harshly in Georgia. A conviction of a drug crime may result in imprisonment, substantial fines and court costs, many hours of community service, the loss of driving privileges, and the broader social consequences associated with having a criminal record. It is critical to have an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side at every step of the way, working to investigate the evidence against you and develop a sophisticated strategy on your behalf. Athens drug crime lawyer Jason Slider at the law firm of Baker & Slider has extensive experience in handling these types of charges, including:
- Drug possession;
- Possession with intent to sell or distribute;
- Drug manufacturing or trafficking;
- Possession of drug paraphernalia;
- Marijuana violations; and
- Prescription drug crimes.
The potential penalties for a drug conviction depend in part on how the defendant used or intended to use the drug, whether for personal use, distribution, or trafficking. They also depend on the particular substance at issue, such as marijuana, cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, heroin, Ecstasy, LSD, or a prescription medication, and the amount of the substance that was involved. For example, the possession of Schedule 1 drugs (substances that are considered the most highly addictive and have no legitimate medical use) may result in a felony conviction and up to 10 years in prison, while the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor, with a potential sentence of up to one year in jail. For people with no prior drug charges and for certain drug offenses, there may be an option of a pretrial diversion program or of a conditional discharge that would need to be investigated.
Because of the potentially serious consequences of a drug crime conviction, it is imperative that a defendant make use of any and all possible defenses. Since most drug offense cases involve a search of property or their person and the seizure of evidence, which may or may not have been properly handled, a common defense is that there was a violation of the defendant’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. If this argument is successful, the “fruit of the poisonous tree” – often the drugs themselves – are excluded from evidence at trial, and the State’s case often falls apart.
Depending on the circumstances of the investigation and arrest, it may also be possible to assert that the defendant was not in actual or constructive possession of the drugs or that there was an insufficient quantity for use. The use of an unreliable informant may also be viable defenses in a drug crime case. At Baker & Slider, we can evaluate every aspect of the arrest and investigation and determine the full range of strategies at your disposal.
If you have been charged with a drug offense in a Georgia municipal, probate, state, or superior court, it is essential that you obtain legal representation immediately. Athens drug crime attorney Jason Slider will work hard to investigate the facts of your case and build a defense designed for your specific situation. To schedule a free appointment, call Baker & Slider today at (706) 208-1514 or contact us online. As a former prosecutor for the State of Georgia, Jason Slider has the well-rounded knowledge necessary to craft strong defense strategies for people who need a marijuana attorney or have been charged with other more serious drug crimes. He has earned an AVVO Superb rating of 10.0 and inclusion as an AV-rated attorney in Martindale Hubbell, the highest peer review rating possible from this organization. At Baker & Slider, we represent people in Athens, Jefferson, Watkinsville, Danielsville, and other communities throughout Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and surrounding counties.