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Felony drug charges in Georgia need a rigorous defense

The state of Georgia takes drug law enforcement very seriously. If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance or possession with intent to sell, the penalties could change your life. There are myriad reasons why an innocent person could be facing these very serious charges. Maybe you were borrowing a friends' car and didn't know what was in the trunk. Law enforcement could have considered you guilty by association because someone you were with was carrying a large amount of a controlled substance.

Whatever the circumstances, Georgia drug crimes can cost you. If you or someone you love is facing a felony drug charge, you need to seek the help of an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney. Your attorney can review the details of your arrest and charges and help you determine the best defensive strategy. The sooner you begin cooperating with a defense attorney, the better your chances of a favorable outcome.

Most Georgia possession charges are felonies

In many states, small amounts of possession of many drugs are misdemeanors. In Georgia, that is only true of marijuana. If you are charged with the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in its natural state, that is a misdemeanor. Literally any other scheduled substance carries felony charges. Whether you are charged with possession of heroin, Molly or a marijuana extract, you could be looking at a criminal record that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

Even in cases with small amounts and lesser punishments, a felony drug conviction on your records can be devastating. It can make it difficult to find a decent rental apartment or house. Your employer could fire you, even if you don't miss work due to incarceration. If you're in college, your federal student aid is going to disappear. Even worse, finding a job in the future will be incredibly difficult. Employers are often comfortable overlooking misdemeanors in your past, but felonies are another matter.

Protect your rights and your future

Public defenders are often overworked. Even the most skilled public defender is only an expert in one or two areas of the law. This lack of experience and knowledge can cause issues for someone who is trying to fight a drug charge. You need an attorney with experience in felony charges in Georgia, one who understands drug laws and how the courts handle them. In some cases, you may be able to have your charges reduced or dismissed if you complete substance abuse treatment. In others, you may be able to have the evidence removed from the court's consideration.

Whatever the circumstances, your attorney's help could be the difference between jail and a criminal record and moving on with your life.

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