Can I Face Imprisonment if Found Guilty of Marijuana Possession in Georgia?

Can I Face Imprisonment if Found Guilty of Marijuana Possession in Georgia?

The Georgia marijuana possession laws specify harsh penalties for possession of relatively small quantities of marijuana. But the law also provides a number of ways to mitigate the consequences of conviction. Seeking support from an experienced criminal defense attorney can make a difference to the results of your case. Quantity and intent of marijuana possession can greatly affect the penalties. According to the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency, even a person convicted on misdemeanor charges involving one ounce or less of marijuana can face up to $1,000 in fines and up to one year of imprisonment. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the law automatically interprets possession of ten pounds or more as trafficking, which is a felony offense. Depending on the quantity involved, an individual can face between $10,000 and $1,000,000 in fines, with mandatory prison sentences ranging from five to 15 years. On the other hand, the law provides certain flexibility under the right circumstances. For example, individuals with clean criminal records who possess a small amount of marijuana can potentially receive a conditional discharge or probation. Your Georgia defense lawyer may recommend you enroll in a substance abuse program prior to trial to help reduce penalties. Even relatively minor marijuana possession convictions can leave you with a criminal record that affects many aspects of your life, including the ability to find a job. The criminal defense attorneys at Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, LLP take all charges seriously and conduct an aggressive defense to obtain the best possible results for your...
Roadblocks in Georgia,  DUI and Drug Offenses

Roadblocks in Georgia, DUI and Drug Offenses

Most of us have driven up to a police “check points” or “roadblocks” where we have been stopped and questioned by an officer.  There are several different reasons given by law enforcement officials for these roadblocks.  For example, some roadblocks are described as “safety checks” where the officers are looking to see if the driver and his or her passengers are wearing seatbelts.  Other roadblocks are to check the validity of the individual’s driver’s license, proof of insurance and/or proof of vehicle registration.  Regardless of the stated purpose of the detention, a police roadblock is often a “net” that allows the police to “catch” many different types of criminals.  DUI drivers, drug traffickers, drivers of stolen vehicles, and fugitives with outstanding warrants are just some of the individuals that get nabbed. The United States Supreme Court and Georgia Courts have long upheld the validity of roadblocks as an effective crime fighting tool under certain circumstances.  The Courts have said that roadblocks that have as the primary purpose the detection of general criminal wrongdoing will not survive the scrutiny under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution but others that have certain specific reasons for establishing roadblocks will pass Constitutional muster.  Some of the Court approved legitimate purposes for roadblocks include:  driver’s license checks, vehicle registration checks, sobriety checks, and the interception of illegal aliens. Because the Courts do not like the police to stop motorists without some showing that they have committed a crime or at least a traffic violation, case law has set out certain guidelines the police must follow in order for a roadblock to be deemed...