Drug Crimes Attorney Serving Georgia
While drug addiction is increasingly seen as a public health problem, drug arrests are still common. In fact, there are more than a million drug arrests each year. This means that for many teens or young people who have a drug addiction, use drugs recreationally or are making poor choices around the sale or distribution of drugs, there’s a very real possibility they could face arrest and prosecution for their actions.
Drug crimes and punishments vary tremendously based on factors teens and young adults may not always understand. The drug type is important, but the amount in possession also plays a large part in sentencing and possible punishments. In serious cases, young people can face years of prison time, restrictive probation and overwhelming fines. A criminal record including drug charges may create problems with employers for years to come.
At Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm, we’re dedicated to helping clients handle drug charges in an aggressive, proactive manner. We work to make sure that a drug charge doesn’t derail a promising future.
Common drug charges
Federal law and Georgia’s state law prohibit the possession, distribution, manufacture and trafficking of controlled substances, including marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and pharmaceuticals obtained without a doctor’s prescription.
Drug crimes frequently fall under the jurisdiction of both federal and state courts, depending on what laws were violated. In certain circumstances, the young person may be tried in both courts. The amount of controlled substances and other circumstances involved determine whether the drug offense is classified as a felony or misdemeanor, as well as the severity of the penalties, fines and possible prison terms. In Georgia, further punishment for a drug conviction may include a driver’s license suspension.
The moment the police begin questioning you or you are accused of a drug crime, you need legal help. Our team is available to represent clients charged with drug crimes including:
- Controlled Substance Possession
- Possession of Drug Related Objects
- Sale of Controlled Substances
- Drug Trafficking
- Drug Distribution
- Drug Manufacturing
Drug crime defenses
When sentences are steep, our first goal is always to avoid or lessen prison time. In any situation, though, we also look to minimize the impact the charges may have on your future.
This may be done with a drug crime defense. Successful defenses often question the legality of the search or stop where the officers first found drugs. Officers must have a valid reason for pulling over a vehicle or searching a home. In a constructive possession case, an attorney may argue that you were truly unaware there were drugs inside a borrowed car or a friend’s backpack at your home.
Sometimes, a drug defense attorney can have charges reduced, arguing, for example, that you only had drugs for personal use with no intent to distribute.
In other situations, a drug defense attorney can keep the case out of the criminal justice system entirely. First-time offenders sometimes qualify for diversion programs. These programs allow you to perform alternative retribution, like community service, or attend drug counseling. If you are able to meet all of the requirements of the program, you will not be charged and will avoid having a criminal record.
Process for a drug crimes defense
Any drug charge is serious and requires a well thought out approach to avoid disastrous long-term consequences. Without proactive representation focused on protecting your future, you’re at an increased risk for a criminal record and the problems it can bring to your life.
We work with clients to:
- Conduct an Initial Drug Defense Strategy Meeting
- Conduct a fact gathering and mitigation planning session
- Investigate your case and possible defense
- Provide you with an analysis of your options and finalize the case strategy
Once we have this strategy in place and you have a full understanding of it, we’ll take the steps necessary to implement the drug charge strategy you approve.
Call our team at 770-720-6336 to schedule an Initial Drug Defense Strategy Meeting with a defense lawyer on our team.
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At Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm, we specialize in protecting your future by reducing, defending against or eliminating your drug charges. Please call our office today at 770-720-6336 to arrange an initial consultation. If you aren’t ready to schedule your consultation, then click here to download our complimentary ebook 5 Things Not to Do When You’ve Been Charged with a Crime to learn what you need to know to start protecting your future immediately.
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If you’re facing a criminal charge and are concerned about the impact on your life, contact us today and schedule a complimentary Defense Strategy Meeting.