Criminal Defense Topics
Drug Trafficking Laws
Drug trafficking offenses bring very serious felony charges which may be prosecuted as a State and/or Federal crime. The primary factor for a drug trafficking charge is the amount of drugs involved. Being caught transporting drugs across state lines can complicate a drug trafficking defense.
Most drug trafficking cases in Georgia are felony crimes resulting in prison sentences and fines. Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor crime.
Conviction of misdemeanor drug charges results in fines and incarceration not more than 12 months. For first-time offenders, your defense lawyer may be able to affect getting reduced penalties.
Drug Distribution and Selling Drugs
Drug distribution involves acts of selling, transporting, importing, exporting and delivery of illegal drugs or unlawful controlled substances. Distribution ranges from street-level drug sales to nationwide or global movement of illegal substances.
If a person is caught with a 1/2 ounce of marijuana they will probably be charged with misdemeanor possession. Being in possession of drugs packaged for sales or amounts considered to be greater then for personal use can bring distribution charges. For example, being in possession of 1/2 ounce of marijuana that is packaged in dime bags clearly indicates an intent to distribute.
Federal Charges for Drug Trafficking
Most people who fine themselves in the position of facing federal drug charges were arrested by a federal officer. This can happen when the arrest comes from a federal investigation, sting operation, or a seemingly minor act such as smoking weed on federal property such as a wildlife refuge or national park grounds.
If you have been arrested or formally charged with a drug related crime you need to hire an expert drug charges defense lawyer. Call us at 770-956-1400 to arrange time to discuss your situation and get answers to your questions.