Being arrested or indicted for drug possession may be extremely stressful for both the person accused and their family. If you or a loved one is facing prosecution for a drug crime, you probably have a lot of questions. Athens drug possession attorney Jason Slider at Baker & Slider can answer these questions and craft a defense against the charges. Under Georgia drug crime laws, drug possession may be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the particular substance that the defendant allegedly possessed and the amount of it. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in the county jail. Felonies are punishable by more than a year in prison. Fines, community service, and other penalties may also be ordered by a judge following a conviction of drug possession. To avoid or minimize these consequences, it is essential to enlist a drug crime lawyer who can advocate on your behalf.Facing Charges of Drug Possession in Georgia
Generally, a defendant who is accused of possession of marijuana faces a lesser sentence than if they had been in possession of a different drug, such as cocaine. However, this is only true if the defendant was in possession of a relatively small amount of marijuana. Possession of a larger quantity (more than an ounce) may lead to a felony charge, punishable by time in prison. The defendant may also be charged with a related offense, such as trafficking or possession with intent to sell.
Other drugs are punished according to “schedules,” based upon their expected level of addiction and whether they have a legitimate medical use. Schedule 1 drugs are considered the most addictive and have no legitimate medical use. Possession of a Schedule 1 drug, such as heroin, ecstasy, or LSD, is a felony offense and punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Even possession of a Schedule III, IV, or V drug, which can include commonly prescribed medications that people may find in their possession without a valid prescription, may lead to a 10-year prison sentence.
Since so much is at stake in a drug possession case – incarceration, fines, the negative consequences of potentially being a convicted felon – it is important that a person accused of this crime speak with a skillful criminal defense attorney to see whether there may be defenses based on the facts and circumstances of their arrest. It may be that the defendant’s constitutional rights, such as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, were violated and that any evidence obtained as a result should be excluded at trial. Without the actual drugs as proof, it may be hard for the prosecution to meet its burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In addition, a defendant may be able to avoid a conviction or have the charges reduced if it can be proven that the police used an unreliable informant or if an equal access defense can be successfully raised.Consult an Athens Attorney for a Drug Possession Charge
Being convicted of drug possession may leave a defendant with a lifelong stigma, difficulty finding employment, and even long-term relationship issues. Athens drug possession lawyer Jason Slider is a former prosecutor, and he knows how long the odds are against a defendant who does not have competent counsel. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with a marijuana possession attorney or seek guidance regarding another type of drug charge, call Baker & Slider at (706) 208-1514 or contact us online. We assist defendants in Athens, Jefferson, Watkinsville, Danielsville, and other communities in Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and surrounding Counties.