Drug charges are no laughing matter in Georgia. Possession of illegal or controlled substances may result in prison time or heavy fines after prosecution or a plea deal. In many cases, drug possession may be one of several charges connected to a single arrest. Those facing charges may be able to get some or all charges dropped or reduced with legal representation.
A musician from Louisiana was arrested on drug possession and other charges after a traffic stop in Coweta County. Police officers reported the man's car swerving on the road and nearly sideswiping a nearby vehicle. When the man was pulled over, police searched the car based on the probable cause of the scent of marijuana inside the car.
Officers then found a bag of marijuana and vaporizer, which allegedly was loaded with marijuana extract. Also reported was a loaded handgun under the passenger seat and investigators also claimed a bag of cash was inside the car.
The musician's previous run-ins with the law, which included previous drug charges in Louisiana, may or may not be held against him in the prosecution of current charges. A judge can rule in individual cases if previous charges or convictions may constitute a pattern of behavior before a jury considers the case.
People charged with drug possession and related charges are always entitled to the presence of an attorney in every part of a case, from arrest to court appearances. Legal help can mean the difference between the harshest sentence and the lightest if prosecutors can cooperate and judges accept lesser or dismissed charges.