Possession of Illegal Substances
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.
Underage Possession of Alcohol
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 an MIP, it is imperative to contact an experienced criminal law attorney to evaluate the charges and set a defense strategy.
Possession of Drugs
Possessing a controlled substance – including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, pharmaceuticals without a prescription, and other drugs – 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.
Georgia 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 charge on a person’s life and ensuring that criminal law and constitutional rights, such as proper search and seizure, were not violated. It’s important to hire an experienced criminal lawyer who will focus on a resolution that protects your future.
Low THC Oil and Other THC Products
Only limited amounts of “low THC” oil are legal and only for persons with specific medical conditions who are registered 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 on the amount of low THC oil in their possession.
No other THC or marijuana products are legal in the state of Georgia. 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 or a loved one have been accused of possession of an illegal substance, or if you are underage and charged with an MIP, consult the knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys at Ghanouni Teen & Young Adult Defense Firm. Call us today at 770-720-6336.
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