Norcross Drug Possession Defense Attorneys
Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance has Serious Penalties
At the federal and state level, it is illegal to possess certain substances under most circumstances. These substances are known as controlled dangerous substances and they include both prescription drugs and “street drugs” like heroin and ecstasy. The federal Controlled Substances Act and the Georgia Controlled Substances Act categorize illegal substances into five groups known as schedules . These classifications are based on the drugs’ accepted medical use and likelihood of abuse by users.
When you are facing a drug possession charge, you can defend your case against the charge with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Be proactive and start working with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as you can after you are arrested.
How Drug Possession is Charged in Georgia
In Georgia, any possession of a controlled dangerous substance is a criminal offense. It does not matter how much of the drug an individual possessed at the time of his or her arrest – drug possession is charged according to the substance’s schedule, rather than the amount of the drug possessed.
All drug possession charges are felony charges.
Possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II substance is punishable by two to 15 years in prison; and
Possession of a Schedule III, IV, or V substance is punishable by one to five years in prison.
There is one prominent exception - possession of marijuana. Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, and community service. Possession of more than one ounce of marijuana is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Our Team will Defend Your Case
There are many possible ways to defend against a drug possession charge. The right defense strategy for your case depends on your particular circumstances. A few strategies used to defend individuals charged with drug possession include:
A lack of evidence linking them to the substance;
A lack of evidence to support the charge, such as a lack of the actual drug the individual allegedly possessed;
The individual had a valid prescription to possess the substance;
The individual possessed the drug under duress or due to coercion;
The evidence used to support the charge was obtained illegally; and
The individual’s civil rights were infringed upon in some way during law enforcement’s investigation of the case.
No matter which defense strategy we employ, we will do everything we can to defend your case and guide it toward the most favorable outcome possible.
Gwinnett County Criminal Defense Lawyers are Here for You
Even a relatively minor drug possession conviction can have a significant negative impact on your life. When you are facing this type of charge, it is in your best interest to start working on your legal defense strategy with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Get started with our team at Zimmerman & Associates now by emailing us or calling (770) 350-0100 to set up your free legal consultation in our office.