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 case.