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In Georgia, drug trafficking is a felony offense that comes with harsh penalties. The exact prison sentence and fine you can face depend on the type and amount of drug involved. Regardless, having a drug crime conviction on your record and being subject to severe punishments can tremendously impact the course of your life. To increase your chances of obtaining an optimal result in your case and avoiding or minimizing penalties, it's best to pursue the matter with help from a seasoned lawyer.

At The Abt Law Firm, LLC, our Atlanta drug trafficking defense lawyer has over 20 years of experience. Throughout our practice, we have successfully handled 2,500+ cases, getting charges dropped or dismissed and obtaining acquittals for past clients. We are prepared to put our knowledge, skills, and resources to work for you. When you choose us, you can trust that a member of our team will stand by you through every step in your case. You'll have the answers and guidance you need to navigate the complexities of your matter and feel confident in the way it progresses.

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What Is Drug Trafficking?

Various types of conduct are considered drug trafficking.

The offense generally involves the following with controlled substances:

  • Sale
  • Manufacture
  • Delivery
  • Importing
  • Possession

Typically, what separates drug trafficking from other possession, selling, or delivery offenses is the amount of the drug involved. In many cases, a person may be charged with drug trafficking when they engage in conduct with 28 grams or more of a controlled substance (or 10 pounds or more of marijuana).

What Are the Penalties for Drug Trafficking?

Drug trafficking is a felony, and the prison sentence ranges from a few years to a few decades. Usually, upon a conviction, a judge must impose a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment. The fines range from tens of thousands to a million dollars.

As mentioned previously, the type and amount of drug will determine the punishments:

Trafficking in Ecstasy

The penalties for ecstasy trafficking are as follows:

  • 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams:
    • Between 3 and 30 years in prison and
    • Between $25,000 and $250,000 in fines
  • 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams:
    • Between 5 and 30 years in prison and
    • Between $50,000 and $250,000 in fines
  • 400 grams or more:
    • Between 10 and 30 years in prison and
    • Between $100,000 and $250,000 in fines

Trafficking in Cocaine

If a person is found guilty of trafficking cocaine or a mixture containing the drug, they face the following:

  • 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams:
    • A minimum of 10 years in prison and
    • A fine of $200,000
  • 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams:
    • A minimum of 15 years in prison and
    • A fine of $300,000
  • 400 grams or more:
    • A minimum of 25 years in prison and
    • A fine of $1 million

Trafficking in Morphine, Opium, and Heroin

If a person traffics morphine, opium, heroin, or certain other Schedule I or II drugs, they could be penalized as follows:

  • 4 grams or more but less than 14 grams:
    • A minimum of 5 years in prison and
    • A fine of $50,000
  • 14 grams or more but less than 28 grams:
    • A minimum of 10 years in prison and
    • A fine of $100,000
  • 28 grams or more:
    • A minimum of 25 years in prison and
    • A fine of $500,000

Trafficking in Marijuana

Anyone who sells, manufactures, grows, delivers, imports into the state, or possesses marijuana can be sentenced as follows:

  • 10 pounds or more but less than 2,000 pounds:
    • A minimum of 5 years in prison and
    • A fine of $100,000
  • 2,000 pounds or more but less than 10,000 pounds:
    • A minimum of 7 years in prison and
    • A fine of $250,000
  • 10,000 pounds or more:
    • A minimum of 15 years in prison and
    • A fine of $1 million

Trafficking in Methamphetamine

A person who traffics methamphetamine or amphetamine can face the following punishments:

  • 28 grams or more but less than 200 grams:
    • A minimum of 10 years in prison and
    • A fine of $200,000
  • 200 grams or more but less than 400 grams:
    • A minimum of 15 years in prison and
    • A fine of $300,000
  • 400 grams or more:
    • A minimum of 25 years in prison and
    • A fine of $1 million

Whatever controlled substance was involved in your alleged offense, discuss your case with our drug trafficking defense attorney in Atlanta.

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Although you are facing a criminal charge, that does not mean you're guilty. Options may be available to challenge the accusation. Our Atlanta drug trafficking defense lawyer is ready to explore every legal avenue to seek a favorable outcome for you.

For personalized counsel and aggressive defense, call us at (678) 582-2272 or submit an online contact form.

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