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Drug Crimes In Georgia: Tough Penalties For Drug Use And Distribution

Last updated on November 2, 2022

In Georgia, the laws and penalties for drug use and distribution are strict. I have been serving clients as a criminal defense attorney in Colquitt County and the surrounding community for decades. I am passionate about fighting for justice on behalf of my clients. My legal team at Joseph D. Weathers, PC has the experience to help if you’ve been charged with a drug crime.

Controlled Substance Crimes In Georgia

In Georgia, Drug Schedules classify substances into five categories based on the drug’s potential for medical use and the drug’s potential to become addictive. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous and have the least value for medicinal purposes. Schedule I drugs in Georgia include heroin, ecstasy, LSD and marijuana. Schedule II drugs include codeine and oxycodone. Schedule III drugs include steroids and acetaminophen or cough medicines with codeine. Schedule IV drugs include Xanax and Ambien. Schedule V drugs include cough syrups with lower doses of codeine.

There are several different categories of drug crimes:

  • Manufacturing a controlled substance
  • Drug purchase, possession and use
  • Distribution and the sale of drugs

Depending on the classification of the drug, how much of the drug was involved and the category of the drug crime, charges can range from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Penalties For Drug Crimes In Georgia

Penalties for drug charges in Georgia are serious. Even if a drug possession crime is charged as a misdemeanor, penalties could still result in a fine of up to $1000 and a year in prison. Felony crimes involving the distribution and/or sale of a schedule I or II drug could result in as many as 30 years in prison. Mandatory minimum sentences and fines make drug crimes even more serious. An experienced defense attorney can help. At Joseph D. Weathers, PC, I have been helping clients fight drug charges for over 30 years.

Facing Drug Charges? Call Today.

If you have been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, or charges relating to drug possession, don’t wait. Call today at 229-589-8973 or email me using my online form to schedule your initial, free consultation.