Possession of Illegal Drugs
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Drug Possession Laws in GA
In Georgia, the possession of a controlled substance can bring misdemeanor or felony charges depending on what type of substance was discovered by police.
Possession of a substance on the Federal Drug Schedule is a felony crime with penalties including fines and up to 10 years in prison. Possession of large amounts of illegal or controlled substances can bring more serious charges such as drug trafficking.
In Georgia, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and not more than 12 months in jail. Marijuana possession over one ounce is a felony with penalties of a fine up to $5,000 and 1-10 years in prison.
Drugs Not in Proper Container
Drugs not in original container is a common type of possession charge. People charged with this offense often had no idea they were breaking any laws. If you have a prescription, you must keep all pills in the original container with your name on it. If you have even one pill, of your own prescription, in your pocket and outside of the container . . . you’re guilty. If you are in possession of a prescription container that is not in your name it could be cause for this charge. While a lawyer can probably get these situations dismissed, it’s still going to cost money to resolve.
If you have been arrested or formally charged with drug possession you need to hire an expert drug possession defense lawyer. Call us at 77-956-1400 to arrange time to discuss your situation and get answers to your questions.