Given that Georgia’s drug crimes are high and its tolerance for drug possession is low, it’s safe to assume that anyone facing drug charges might end up in prison. However, there are multiple factors to consider, and penalties change based on the type of drug, the amount and the individual’s intentions. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced attorney if you or a loved one has been charged with drug possession.
On a national level, drugs are divided into categories called schedules. For instance, Schedule I substances might include heroin, LSD, ecstasy and hallucinogenic mushrooms. These are considered the most serious substances under federal law. Cocaine (as well as crack-cocaine), opium, methadone, oxycodone, methamphetamines and many other prescription drugs are labeled as Schedule II substances. In the state of Georgia, being in possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug, even if it doesn’t belong to you, is still a violation of the law. In effect, the drug does not have to be on you. It may simply be in your vehicle or in your home. The bottom line is—as long as the drug is considered “within your control,” it is a criminal offense. Contrary to what many believe, even having an ounce or more of marijuana in Georgia is subject to a felony offense.
While many offenders understand the implications of being charged with drug possession and continue to do so anyway, there are instances where seemingly innocent individuals get charged because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Because sentencing can be harsh, an attorney is your best bet for beating your original charges.
With The Right Approach, The Law Will Help You
At M. Qader A. Baig & Associates, LLC, we take pride in providing trusted legal counsel to clients, because we believe that with the right approach, the law will help you. When you’ve been charged with drug possession for the first time, Attorney Baig brings a comprehensive perspective to your case, having worked on both sides. Because he understands the dilemma and what you could be facing, he is best positioned to be an advocate on your behalf. For a free consultation to discuss your case, call M. Qader A. Baig & Associates today.