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Like other states, Georgia has laws regulating the use of illegal and prescription drugs. However, the state is particularly more heavy-handed with penalties for drug crimes. If you are facing criminal charges for a controlled substances offense, obtain the help of a skilled Atlanta drug crime lawyer immediately.

At The Abt Law Firm, LLC, our Atlanta drug crimes lawyer is prepared to handle even the most serious controlled substances matters. Backed by over two decades of experience and a commitment to providing exceptional legal representation, we can effectively guide you through your case. We recognize how frightening and stressful it can be to be facing a felony or misdemeanor drug charge. 

That is why we will work closely with you at every stage of the justice process. Our Atlanta drug offense team will get to know you, learn about your circumstances and needs, and can develop the most aggressive strategy on your behalf. We know that good people can fall on hard times, and often a person can be wrongly convicted for something they didn't do. With this in mind, we can work relentlessly to seek a favorable outcome in your case and seek to avoid the harsh and life-changing penalties associated with a drug crime conviction.

What Are the Types of Drug Charges in Georgia?

Because drug use can endanger the public's health and safety (and in some cases can lead to an increase in crime), various laws exist prohibiting conduct involving controlled substances – whether illegal drugs or prescription medications.

A few of the various drug crimes include:

  • Drug paraphernalia: It's illegal for any person to have or use an instrument designed to make, grow, analyze, package, conceal, ingest, or engage in any other conduct with controlled substances.
  • Drug trafficking: Georgia's statutes on drug trafficking prohibit people from selling, making, or delivering controlled substances.
  • Drug manufacturing: If a person produces any controlled substance, they may be charged with a crime.
  • Drug possession: No person may have under their control an illegal drug, such as marijuana or heroin, or a prescription medication for which they do not have a valid prescription.

Regardless of the charge you’re facing, our Atlanta drug crimes lawyer can deliver the dedicated legal representation you need to seek an optimal result.

To speak with a member of our team, call us at (678) 582-2272 or contact us online today. Your initial consultation is free.

Georgia's Controlled Substances Schedules Explained

Controlled substances include illegal drugs as well as prescription medications. In Georgia, these substances are separated into 5 different categories depending on their seriousness.

The 5 groups of controlled substances are referred to as schedules and include the following:

Schedule I

These are considered the most serious drugs. They have no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

Substances in this category include, but are not limited to:

  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Peyote
  • THC

Schedule II

These substances also have a high potential for abuse, but they generally have a severely restricted accepted medical use. They may also lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

Drugs in this group include, but are not limited to:

  • Opium
  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl

Schedule III

Substances in this classification are less likely to be abused than those in Schedule I or II. Additionally, the risk of physical or psychological dependence is lower.

These drugs include, but are not limited to:

  • Benzphetamine
  • Lysergic acid
  • Oxymesterone
  • Testosterone

Schedule IV

This schedule includes substances with a low risk of abuse or physical or psychological dependence.

They include, but are not limited to:

  • Barbital
  • Butorphanol
  • Clotiazepam
  • Quazepam

Schedule V

These substances are considered the least serious. Their potential for abuse and physical or psychological dependence is lower than that for the substances in any of the previous schedules. Drugs in this category include those with limited quantities of narcotics.

Understanding Penalties for Drug Crimes in Georgia

The punishments a person can face for a drug crime conviction are harsh. The exact penalties a court can levy depend on the type and amount of substance involved, as well as the offense allegedly committed.

A few of the potential conviction penalties include the following:

  • Possessing or using drug paraphernalia: Up to 12 months in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines
  • Trafficking 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams of ecstasy: Between 3 and 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000
  • Trafficking 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams of cocaine: At least 15 years' imprisonment and/or a fine of $300,000.
  • Possessing marijuana: Between 1 and 10 years in prison and/or between $1,000 and $5,000 in fines.

Securing a Bond for Drug Trafficking Charges in Georgia

Getting a bond for drug trafficking in Georgia is difficult. Defendants are often denied bond due to flight risk. If a bond is granted, it's typically set very high (usually $100,000-$1 million), making it hard to secure. Consult a Georgia criminal defense attorney for legal advice on your situation.

Know Your Rights: Navigating Drug Crime Cases in Atlanta

It's important to understand your rights if you are facing drug crime charges in Georgia. Our experienced drug crime attorney in Atlanta, can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected throughout your criminal case. We will work tirelessly to build a strong defense and seek the best possible outcome for your situation.

Key rights to be aware of in drug crime cases include:

  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to legal representation
  • The right to a fair trial
  • The right to challenge evidence against you
  • The right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures

By understanding and asserting your rights, you can improve your chances of a favorable outcome in your drug crime case. 

Contact our Atlanta criminal defense attorney today to schedule a consultation and discuss your legal options.

Choose the Right Atlanta Drug Crime Defense Team

Backed by over two decades of experience, E. Jay Abt fights for results that make a difference in the lives of his clients. Every story has two sides, and our Atlanta drug crime attorneys can make sure that yours will be heard in the courtroom. Over the years, our firm has developed a relationship with local courts, ensuring that your case receives the attention it deserves. At The Abt Law Firm, LLC, we know how the prosecutors in the area work and will build your defense around their strategies and tactics.

Get Started on Your Defense Today: Contact our Atlanta drug crimes attorney at (678) 582-2272 for a free consultation and begin the fight for your future!

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