Here at the Miller Law Practice, LLC, we understand that people make mistakes, and though we believe that a simple mistake should not come with potential lifelong penalties, the criminal justice system here in Georgia does not always agree. This is why if you are currently facing a drug possession charge, you must continue reading and contact our Cobb County drug possession lawyer today.
Do I Need a Cobb County Drug Possession Lawyer?
If you’ve been charged with drug possession, you cannot afford to proceed without a knowledgeable Marietta criminal defense attorney who can work to disprove your charges, or, at the very least, have the consequences of your charges significantly mitigated.
Consequences of Marijuana Possession in Georgia
For the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in Georgia, you will face a misdemeanor charge that may entail up to one year in jail and a potential $1,000 fine (or up to 1 year of community service). That being said, if you are caught with one ounce or more of marijuana, you may spend anywhere between 1-10 years in prison.
Consequences of Cocaine Possession in Georgia
If you are convicted of possessing less than 28 grams of cocaine in Georgia, you will most likely face a felony charge, for which you may spend anywhere between 2-15 years in jail. For a second or subsequent cocaine possession offense, you may spend anywhere between 5-30 years in jail.
Consequences of Heroin Possession in Georgia
Possessing less than 2 grams of heroin may result in you spending anywhere between 1-3 years in prison, while possessing between 2-4 grams of heroin may land you in prison for anywhere between 1-8 years. Possession of any more than 4 grams of heroin is considered drug trafficking under Georgia law, and will result in far greater criminal penalties.
Consequences of Illegally Possessing Prescription Drugs in Georgia
If you are caught in possession of a Schedule IV drug, such as Xanax or valium without a prescription, you may face a felony charge that can warrant anywhere between 1-3 years in prison.
Potential Defenses Against Cobb County Drug Possession Charges
There are various potential defenses against drug possession charges, and the defense our firm uses will largely depend on the circumstances of your case. That being said, the most common defenses against drug possession charges are as follows:
- Proving that the drugs found in your possession actually belong to another person
- Proving that you are the victim of entrapment
- Proving that the officer conducted an unlawful search and seizure
- Proving that the drugs were planted
Pretrial Diversion in Georgia
In certain cases, such as if this is your first drug possession charge, you may qualify for pretrial diversion, which will most likely warrant community service, a fine, a drug addiction evaluation, and certain other conditions in exchange for the dismissal of your case and the expungement of your record. Our firm can work to determine whether you qualify for this program. Additionally, in other cases, you may submit a Conditional Discharge or a First Offender plea at your sentencing, wherein you will be placed on probation in lieu of having the criminal offense on your record, provided you follow all terms of your probation from start to finish.
Contact Our Cobb County Drug Possession Lawyer
If you are currently facing drug possession charges, our firm is here to help fight those charges in any way we can. Contact the Miller Law Practice, LLC today so we can begin mounting the strongest defense possible on your behalf.