In Atlanta, drug sentencing guidelines are based on the type of drug that was involved in the crime, and the quantity in possession. A judge will also look into the amount of money that was involved which constitutes as fraud, and whether or not any firearms were used.
Drug Possession Penalties
In the state of Georgia, being in possession of any drug (other than marijuana) is charged as a felony. The different drugs are broken up into five categories which are known as schedules. Here is an explanation of the different drugs and their penalties:
Schedule I or Narcotic Schedule II drugs – Drugs with a high potential for abuse and are not acceptable for medical use are punishable with 2-15 years in prison or as much as 30 years.
Non-Narcotic Schedule II drugs – In this category are drugs that have a high potential for abuse and the potential for psychological or physical dependence that have accepted medical uses under severe restriction. Being in the possession of these drugs can be punishable with 2-15 years in prison. Repeat offenders can see up to 30 years.
Schedule III, IV, or V drugs – In these schedules are drugs that have a lower chance of abuse, and a limited, low, or moderate potential for psychological or physical dependence, and are acceptable for medical use. 1-5 years in prison is possible and subsequent convictions can sentence you to up to 10 years in prison.
Hiring A Drug Offense Defense Lawyer
If you’ve been charged with a drug offense, you’ll need a lawyer who knows all of the complicated federal and state sentencing guidelines and who will fight to get you a penalty reduction. For an experienced attorney and personalized advice, call Richard Grossman of Atlanta, Georgia today.