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Marijuana Possession

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Marijuana Possession

Defense lawyer for marijuana possession in Georgia

In Georgia, marijuana possession, sale, cultivation, and trafficking is illegal. Although marijuana is not a Scheduled Substance, it does fall under the Georgia Controlled Substances Act. If you are under investigation, or have been arrested, for possession of marijuana you need to hire an experienced drug defense lawyer.

Marijuana Possession Charges in Georgia

Charges for misdemeanor possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) may result in only a citation (ticket) and fine less than $200. Other Georgia jurisdictions may sentence a person up to one year in jail and a $1000 fine. In some cases, community service may be part of your senetence.

Charges for felony possession of marijuana, one ounce to ten pounds, can result in a sentence of 1-10 years in prison. Felony possession of marijuana, more than ten pounds, is considered trafficking.

Trafficking Marijuana is an very serious felony. Depending on the amount of marijuana involved, the sentence can be five to fifteen years in prison, and an extremely high fine. Trafficking marijuana can also bring federal charges.

Marijuana Laws in Georgia

The 2010 Georgia Code, Title 16, Chapter 13, Article 2 covers the regulation of controlled substances in the State of Georgia. Specifically, § 16-13-30 covers the purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution, or sale of controlled substances or marijuana; penalties. It reads as follows:

O.C.G.A. 16-13-2(b) (2010)

Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor under O.C.G.A. § 16-13-2(b), punishable by a term of incarceration of not more than 12 months or a fine not to exceed $1,000, or both, or public works not to exceed 12 months.

Possession of more than 1 ounce is a felony, punishable by a term of incarceration of between 1 and 10 years.

Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, or sale, delivery or distribution, depending on the quantity of marijuana, is a felony punishable by a term of incarceration of between one and 30 years, and fines between $100,000 and $1,000,000. O.C.G.A. § 16-13-30(j) and 16-13-31(c).

Drug charges lawyers in Cherokee county for any type of drug charges in the State of Georgia.

If you are under investigation for, or have been charged with, possession of marijuana you should call drug crimes defense lawyer Lawrence Zimmerman at 404-351-3000.

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