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Whether it involves a minor caught with alcohol or someone of any age apprehended with illegal drugs, possession of these substances is a crime. In some circumstances, a teen or young adult can be arrested for drug possession or underage possession of alcohol just by being an innocent passenger in a car with someone else who is carrying the controlled substance.
A possession charge can be a misdemeanor or a felony and carry fines, probation or jail time, and other penalties, depending on the type and amount of substance, age of the person caught, and other factors. Some of the most common possession charges faced by Georgia teens and young adults include minor in possession of alcohol (MIP), drug possession, and charges related to illegally possessing THC oil.
If you are being charged with holding one of these substances, you need representation from a dedicated drug defense attorney. A Cherokee County possession of illegal substances lawyer could protect you or your child’s rights and find the best defense strategy for your case.
Not only is it illegal for a minor to drink alcohol, but anyone under the age of 21 who is caught in possession of or attempting to purchase alcohol can be arrested and charged with MIP. An MIP charge is a misdemeanor in Georgia but can still carry fines, jail time, or both.
If convicted, a teen or young adult can be left dealing with a criminal record for the rest of their life. If an officer issues a ticket for possession instead of arresting a minor, this is still a serious charge and in most cases is also considered a misdemeanor offense. If charged or ticketed for a Minor in Possession, it is imperative to contact an experienced Cherokee County attorney to evaluate the charges and set a defense strategy.
Possessing a controlled substance like marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, or pharmaceuticals without a prescription is illegal. Most drug possession charges are felonies. Small amounts of marijuana are an exception; if caught with less than one ounce of marijuana, a teen or young adult faces a misdemeanor.
Individuals can also be charged with possession of drug-related objects, such as objects used to grow, ingest, inhale, or package an illegal drug. Possession with intent to distribute is another possible charge if the individual is suspected of transferring the drug to another person.
State law breaks controlled substances into five categories. The penalties for conviction of drug possession vary by the category of drug as well as the amount possessed. Penalties can include fines, jail time, probation, license suspension, sentencing to rehab or another program, or any combination of these. Charges can stay on a teen or young adult’s record for life.
Defending a drug possession charge includes identifying ways to minimize the long-term impacts of a conviction on a person’s life and ensuring that criminal law and constitutional rights, such as proper search and seizure, were not violated. A detail-oriented Cherokee County lawyer could keep all these factors in mind when working on your unique drug possession case.
Only limited amounts of “low THC” oil are legal, and only people with specific medical conditions can take advantage of these products after registering with the state. If a registered person is caught carrying more than the allowed 20 fluid ounces, or if any person who does not have a registration card is apprehended with even the slightest bit of low THC oil, that person could be charged with possession of a controlled substance and face either misdemeanor or felony charges depending, depending on the amount in their possession.
No other THC or marijuana products are legal statewide. In most cases, the charge is a felony if an individual is apprehended with more than an ounce of marijuana or any amount of THC not classified as low THC oil. Illegally possessing THC oil is as serious a charge in Georgia as possession of any other controlled substances.
Possession of any controlled substance can result in severe consequences if convicted. If you are accused of possessing an illegal drug or you are underage and charged with an MIP, consult the knowledgeable our knowledgeable defense attorneys to get started on your case.
A Cherokee County possession of illegal substances lawyer could assess the evidence against you or your teen child, figure out how to best proceed, and protect legal rights at all stages of the case process. Contact us online today to learn more.