What are the potential consequences for drug possession?

| Jun 25, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

There are many different laws in Georgia that are designed to try and keep people safe. There are traffic laws in place to keep people safe while driving, laws prohibiting assaults, thefts and other actions that can harm people’s person or property. There are also laws prohibiting selling and using drugs which can also harm people. The consequences for these various crimes depends on the severity of the offense.

For drug possession the consequences depend generally on the type of drug possessed and the amount a person has in their possession. Various drugs are placed into various schedules depending on various factors such as how addictive they can be and whether there is any legitimate medical use for them. There are five schedules (I – V) with schedule I drugs being the most dangerous and V being the least dangerous.

People who are caught with drugs classified in schedule I or in schedule II can be punished by a jail sentence between 2-15 years for a first-time offense and up to 30 years for a subsequent offense. Possession of drugs in schedule III, IV or V could result in 1-5 years in prison and subsequent convictions could result in up to 10 years in prison. However, after being charged with a drug possession charge, there could be defenses available to people and they could avoid these potential consequences.

Many people are charged with drug possession in Georgia each year. The consequences could be very severe, but people are innocent until proven guilty. There various defenses that may be available starting with whether the police had a legal reason to search the person. People have rights after they are arrested and experienced attorneys may be able to help protect those rights.