The war on drugs is ongoing across the nation, and Georgia is known for imposing some of the harshest penalties in drug cases. Even minor offenses, such as possession of paraphernalia, can lead to jail time and a criminal record. If you are facing charges of drug or related crimes, contact Wallack Law in Atlanta today to get an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side.
Illegal drugs and prescription medications are known as controlled substances. Under state law, these substances are categorized in different schedules. The type of scheduled drug you are accused of possessing and any prior convictions are considered by the prosecution in determining your penalties. Quantity matters. The amount of the drugs in your possession and how they are contained will affect the type of drug charges you are facing.
A wide range of activities involving controlled substances are against state law, including possession, growing, selling, and other drug-related activities. Drug charges in Georgia include:
Drugs are classified into five different schedules according to their potential for abuse and addiction and their recognized medical uses. Schedule I drugs are considered to have the highest risk and Schedule V drugs are considered to have a lower risk and legitimate medical uses. The first four schedules of controlled substances are classified as follows:
Penalties are harsh for drug possession in Georgia. Unless you have less than an ounce of marijuana, drug possession is a felony.
Drugs do not have to be found on your person for you to be charged with drug possession. If you are driving a car in which drugs are found, you may be determined to be in violation of state law, and two or more people can be charged with possession of the same drugs. Drug charges can seriously impact your future – do not face them alone. Call Wallack Law in Atlanta as soon as possible to get a local criminal defense attorney by your side.