Roswell Drug Crime Lawyer
Drug use is common in Georgia. There are many substances that are illegal in the state. Many people are arrested for using marijuana, narcotics, and even prescription drugs. A person can be arrested for various drug crimes, including possession, possession with intent to sell, distribution, trafficking, and manufacturing.
Georgia punishes drug crimes harshly. Even the smallest amount of drugs in your possession can result in penalties such as jail time and fines.
In just a moment, you could be arrested and facing penalties for a drug crime. You’ll want to fight this charge to the best of your ability. A Roswell drug crime lawyer from Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C. can assist you with your case.
Examples of Georgia Drug Laws
The penalties for the possession of even a small amount of illegal drugs are harsh. For example, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possession of more than 1 ounce is a felony, which could mean up to 10 years in prison. The sale or distribution of marijuana is a felony, punishable as much as 30 years in prison, along with fines ranging from $100,000 to $1 million.
Georgia law classifies drugs under five schedules. Schedule I drugs are considered to be the most dangerous and include marijuana, LSD, and ecstasy. Schedule II drugs are restricted to medical purposes and include cocaine, methamphetamine, and hydrocodone. Schedule III drugs are primarily steroids. Schedule IV drugs include Xanax and Valium, while Schedule V drugs include antidiarrheal drugs and other drugs that must be lawfully prescribed.
Georgia Code covers all illegal drugs except for heroin and opiates. Instead, Georgia deals with heroin offenses in a more severe way. For example, a person who possesses 4 grams of heroin will be charged with drug trafficking. The penalty is five years in prison at a minimum as well as a fine of $50,000.
Unlawful possession of any Schedule I, Schedule II, or Schedule III drug is a felony punishable by 2-30 years in prison depending on the quantity. Unlawful possession of a Schedule III, IV, or V drug is a felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison.
Unlawful sale or distribution of any Schedule I or II drug is a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, depending on quantity. The sale of any Schedule III, IV, or V drug is a felony, punishable by 1-10 years in prison, depending on quantity.
Contact Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C. Today
Drug crimes are treated seriously in Georgia. If you have been accused of such a crime, it could affect your life forever. For the right legal help, contact Andrew L. Schwartz, P.C. Want the best outcome possible? We’ll find a way. For a free consultation with an experienced Roswell drug crimes lawyer, call (678) 853-2500.