Drug Crime Attorney
The Controlled Substance Act is part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 and contains a variety of Federal drug laws which affect people of all ages throughout the United States. In the Controlled Substance Act, drugs are classified in a schedule, which places controlled substances into five categories, which are dependent upon the medicinal value, harmfulness, and probability for addiction of the narcotic. Each schedule has its own set of penalties and punishments, depending upon certain factors. For example, any drug offense which involves a Schedule I drug, such as LSD, heroin, or methamphetamines will carry with it a much more severe penalty than an offense involving a narcotic named within Schedule II through V.
Violating Title 16, Chapter 13, Article 2 of the Controlled Substance Act may result in very serious charges and punishments. The G.C.S.A. details various drug related crimes which are illegal in the State of Georgia, which include the selling, distribution, possession, and purchasing or narcotics. The following are specific drug crimes which may carry with them serious penalties if an individual is convicted in Georgia:
- Drug possession- Willfully and knowingly possessing a controlled substance is a violation of State and Federal laws. In addition to possessing a drug, in some cases it is illegal to possess substances or products which can be used to manufacture or cultivate drugs. Depending upon the amount of drugs a person has when arrested, he or she may be charged with simple possession (small amount of narcotics) or with more serious charges if it is believed the drugs were to be sold or distributed.
- Drug possession with intent to sell- Possessing a large amount of a controlled substance may result in a charge of possession with intent to sell. Even if the person possessing the substance has no intention of selling or distributing, they are many times charged with intent to sell anyway. This is a very serious charge and carries with it harsh punishments if convicted.
- Drug trafficking- Every year countless people use automobiles, ships, airplanes, and other modes of transportation to bring narcotics into the United States, which is known as drug trafficking. Drug trafficking is also a statewide and nationwide crime, meaning that it does not have to originate in a foreign country to be considered drug trafficking. Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and marijuana are drugs which are heavily trafficked in the U.S.
- Drug distributing- Drug distributing is a situation in which a drug manufacturer sells narcotics to a retailer or wholesaler, which then sell the drugs to other groups or individuals. Any accusation of drug distributing or dispensing must be taken seriously, as the penalties associated with a conviction are severe.
Fight your drug crime allegations with the help of an aggressive drug crime lawyer. With our help, you may be able to avoid serious criminal penalties and other negative consequences of a drug crime conviction.