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Savannah Drug Crimes Lawyer
Also Serving Clients Throughout Pooler & Tybee, GA
Drug crimes are among the most common criminal charges prosecuted in Georgia courts. They can range from simple possession of a street drug for your own use to large-scale drug trafficking. At Tignor Law Firm, we have represented clients throughout the greater Savannah area in all types of criminal drug charges involving illegal street drugs as well as the possession and distribution of unauthorized prescription medicines. With over a decade of experience devoted exclusively to criminal defense, we are well-versed in Georgia’s drug laws, the local courts, and in how prosecutors work to gain a conviction. We put that experience and our fierce advocacy for our clients to work for you in all drug charges.
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Drug Offenses in Georgia
Like other states, Georgia categorizes illegal drugs according to five “schedules” based on their potential for abuse and whether or not they have medical value. These schedules range from Schedule I and II, considered the most dangerous, down to Schedule V which are the least addictive. Thus, the type of drug found in your possession and the schedule it falls under determine your potential penalties.
Other factors will also impact your charges and consequences, such as the quantity found, the type of activity in which you were involved (such as possession for yourself as opposed to possession with intent to sell or distribute), your prior criminal history, if any, and other circumstances.
Possession of all drugs in Georgia are charged as felonies, except for marijuana. Common drugs involved in these cases include cocaine, crack, heroin, methamphetamine, Ecstasy, and marijuana.
Drug charges can include:
- Possession with intent to sell/distribute
- Sales and distribution
Charged with a drug offense? Contact Tignor Law Firm online or by calling (912) 470-4755 to schedule a free initial consultation with our Savannah drug crime attorney.
Penalties for Georgia Drug Charges
The penalties for possession of Schedule I or a narcotic Schedule II drug carries two up to 15 years in prison. Repeat offenses carry up to 30 years in prison.
If you are found in possession of non-narcotic Schedule II drugs, you could also face two up to 15 years in prison. Repeat offenses can carry five up to 30 years in prison.
Possession of all other drugs carry one to five years in prison with repeat offenses punishable by one to 10 years in prison.
Marijuana has its own separate penalties. Possession of one ounce or less is charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of $1,000. Possession of more than one ounce is charged as a felony with prison terms and fines based on the quantity found in your possession.
Drug convictions also result in a criminal record that can be accessed on background checks when applying for employment, housing, educational loans, professional licenses, and more.
Turn to Tignor Law Firm for Compassionate Legal Help
At Tignor Law Firm, we understand the stress and uncertainty associated with drug charges. People of all ages and in all walks of life can find themselves under arrest for illegal drug possession. We are here to help you fight for your future. Our Savannah drug crime defense lawyer can give you an honest assessment of your case, explain how the law may affect you, and what options may be available. Throughout it all, we will work with you to help you reach the best possible result.
Request your free case evaluation by contacting us via email or by calling (912) 470-4755 today.
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