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Answering Your Drug Crime Questions

Facing drug charges can leave you with more questions than answers. The Georgia attorney you choose to represent you in your case should be able to defend your rights and future as well as provide you the information and guidance you need in your case.

At Dodd & Burnham, we are determined to get results for our clients. While we stand for you, we can also answer your questions. Read below for answers to some frequently asked questions we receive about drug crime charges in George. And for information specific to your situation, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

What Are The Consequences Of Marijuana Charges?

Depending on the nature of your charges, you will face different potential consequences. For example, having one ounce or less of marijuana in your possession can result in up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines. However, being in possession of more than 10 pounds can result in trafficking charges, which can have up to 10 years of jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.

Can I Be Charged For Prescription Medications?

Even if you can get a drug at your local pharmacist, it can still be a crime to have it under certain conditions. Getting prescription medications outside of a pharmacy or earning pharmaceuticals by way of fraud can both result in possession or intent to distribute charges.

Why Am I Facing Intent To Distribute Charges?

Even if you had no intention of selling any kind of drug, having a certain amount of a particular drug can qualify you for intent to sell charges. The amount you need to have in these cases varies depending on the volume of the drug police found in your possession.

Did The Police Conduct A Legal Search?

The Fourth Amendment protects you from illegal searches, but officers can still search you and your property under certain conditions, such as:

  • With your permission
  • After an arrest was made
  • With a valid search warrant
  • If your vehicle has been impounded
  • If a drug is in plain sight

If the police gather evidence during an illegal search, we may be able to get that evidence suppressed.

Do I Need An Attorney For A First Offense?

Many people think that a first offense in Georgia will automatically result in a slap on the wrist or a good plea deal, but that is never a guarantee. We can act on your behalf to explore all beneficial options, including looking for opportunities for dismissal, negotiating for a better plea deal, and fighting for you through litigation in court.

If you are ready to schedule your free initial consultation, call our Valdosta office at 229-474-3609 or email us here and take the first step in developing your personalized representation plan.