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Drug charges in Georgia vary by type and amount of drug

Drugs are known to knock people off track and ruin lives, often through the stigma of a criminal conviction for possession or use of a controlled substance. But what if you were in trouble for someone else's crime? What if you didn't know a drug was illegal? It is important to fight for your rights.

A conviction on drug charges in the Peach State can carry a heavy set of consequences. Any drug conviction results in a mandatory suspension of their driver's license for six months. A second conviction could end driving privileges for two years.

One of the most common drug possession charges in Georgia involves marijuana, which includes reduced penalties compared to a decade ago. An ounce or less of the restricted plant material is a misdemeanor, but more than an ounce can land a person in jail for up to 10 years and liability for a steep fine.

Other drugs are classified by classes of danger and medical use. Heroin, for example, is a Schedule 1 narcotic because it is highly addictive and has no proven medicinal qualities. Penalties for having or using heroin are variable, ranging from two to 30 years in prison, depending on the quantity or a proven intent to sell or distribute drugs to others.

If you are facing drug possession charges, it is advisable to get a lawyer and consult with him or her before discussing the matter with law enforcement officers or prosecutors. An attorney can help get charges dismissed or reduced, as well as review the facts of a case that resulted in a charge.

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