Lawrenceville Drug Defense Attorney
A Knowledgeable and Trustworthy Advocate with 30 Years of Professional Experience
If you have been accused of a drug crime, you could be facing years in prison and hefty fines. A conviction could also leave a significant mark on your criminal record that affects your future. Stacy Levy Law has been defending clients against criminal charges for 30 years and can swiftly strategize your drug defense. Whether you have been accused of possession or trafficking, Attorney Stacy Levy can help you develop a strong argument for mitigated charges.
Work with an experienced defense attorney who has the knowledge and integrity to defend you. Call (770) 545-6955 or contact Stacy Levy Law online to schedule a free initial consultation.
Illegal Substances in Georgia
Georgia penalizes drug crimes based on the “schedule,” or category, they are in. The state classifies controlled substances into five schedules, with Schedule I being the most dangerous with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
Some examples of drugs in their respective schedules are:
- Schedule I – heroin, LSD, MDMA
- Schedule II – cocaine, ketamine, fentanyl
- Schedule III – anabolic steroids, central nervous system (CNS) depressants and stimulants
- Schedule IV – Xanax, Valium
- Schedule V – mixtures containing limited amounts of narcotics
Note that marijuana is a Schedule I drug under federal law, but Georgia treats marijuana offenses a little differently than Schedule I drugs (below).
Penalties for Possession
Apart from marijuana, possession of any controlled substance in Georgia is a felony. The penalties will depend on the schedule of the drug:
- Schedule I or narcotic Schedule II drugs – 2-15 years in prison for a first offense, up to 30 years in prison for subsequent convictions
- Non-narcotic Schedule II drugs – 2-15 years in prison for a first offense, 5-30 years in prison for subsequent convictions
- Schedule III, IV, or V drugs – 1-5 years in prison for a first offense, 1-10 years in prison for subsequent convictions
The penalties for possession of marijuana will depend on the amount:
- 1 ounce or less – misdemeanor punishable by 1 year in prison and $1,000 in fines
- More than 1 ounce – felony punishable by 10 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines
Individuals convicted under Georgia drug possession laws will also face license suspension. First convictions will result in 6 months of driver’s license suspension; second convictions will result in 1 year of suspension, and third or subsequent convictions will result in 2 years of suspension.
Penalties for Distribution and Sale
It is also unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver, distribute, dispense, administer, sell, or possess with intent to distribute any controlled substance. The penalties are as follows:
- Schedule I drug or a narcotic drug in Schedule II – felony punishable by 2-15 years in jail for a first offense and 5-30 years for a subsequent offense
- Other Schedule I or Schedule II drugs – felony punishable by 5-30 years in jail for a first conviction and 10-40 years for a subsequent offense
- Non-narcotic Schedule II drug – felony punishable by 2-15 years in jail for a first offense and 5-30 years for a subsequent offense
- Schedule III, IV, or V drug – felony punishable by 1-5 years in jail for a first offense and 1-10 years for a subsequent offense
The distribution or possession with intent to distribute marijuana is also a felony and carries a punishment of 1-10 years in prison.
The sentence may increase if the crime of distribution involved illegally hiring or engaging a minor under the age of 17. Such a violation is punishable by 5-20 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines, if not more.
Georgia takes drug crimes very seriously, and a conviction could result in years behind bars and thousands in fines. If you have been accused of a drug crime, whether illegal possession or distribution, contact Stacy Levy Law immediately for legal representation. Some common lines of defense in drug-related cases are claiming unknowing possession, unlawful search from law enforcement, or entrapment, among other arguments. Attorney Stacy Levy can take a look at the specific details of your situation to determine your best line of defense in Lawrenceville.
Schedule a free consultation with Stacy Levy Law online or at (770) 545-6955 to get started today.
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