The trafficking, possession and sale of cocaine is a crime in Georgia and the rest of the United States. Cocaine is perceived as one of the most illicit and dangerous drugs on the market, and punishment associated with cocaine-related crimes are more severe than other drugs. In the state of Georgia, the laws that govern cocaine possession, production and distribution are particularly strict.
Possessing even the smallest quantity of cocaine in Georgia can result in a convicted defendant spending as many as 15 years in jail. This amount of time in jail for possessing a tiny quantity of the substance might seem unreasonable to many defendants, but it's the reality of the current drug control system we live under in this nation.
For individuals convicted of possessing over 28 grams of cocaine (or 1 ounce), the punishments are even more devastating -- as authorities will assume that the individual was engaged in the trafficking and selling cocaine.
Such a conviction comes with punishments of between five and 30 years in prison. In most cases, first-time offenders will serve less time in prison, but they will likely get hit with a minimum of a one-year prison sentence. For a second offense conviction of cocaine trafficking or cocaine sales, individuals could spend as many as 40 years behind bars.
Due to the severity of punishments for those convicted of cocaine-related drug offenses, Georgia residents accused of these crimes will want to manage their criminal defenses carefully. By speaking with an experienced defense attorney, defendants can get a better idea of how they should defend themselves against the charges in court.
Source: FindLaw, "Georgia Cocaine Laws," accessed Nov. 08, 2017