Georgia Marijuana Possession Explained
Have you recently been arrested for a marijuana-related charge in Georgia?
If so, it is important to contact an experienced defense attorney immediately. There are many people who mistakenly believe that a person charged with a first misdemeanor offense for possession may receive nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Nothing is further from the truth! Marijuana possession is a serious crime and the punishment will shock you with its harshness.
In Georgia, possessing less than one ounce of marijuana (pot) is a misdemeanor offense. The punishment for marijuana possession is up to one year in jail and fines of up to $1,000. However, you may be placed on probation in lieu of jail time.
The punishment that concerns most people is the driver’s license suspension that comes with a marijuana possession conviction. You read that statement correctly -- your driver’s license will be suspended even if your arrest did not involve the operating a motor vehicle. If your conviction is your first misdemeanor offense, the license suspension is for 180 days. You will also be required to complete a DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and pay a $200 license reinstatement fee. If the conviction is your second misdemeanor offense within 5 years, your license will be suspended for one year.
If you are arrested for possessing one or more ounces of marijuana, you will be charged with a felony. The punishment for felony possession includes from 1-10 years in prison, along with hefty fines.
If you are arrested for marijuana possession within 1,000 feet of a school, playground, park, or drug-free commercial zone, you face up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $20,000. For a second offense, you will spend 5-40 years in prison and pay fines of up to $40,000.
As you can see, a marijuana possession charge is extremely serious. If you have recently been charged with this crime, you should contact The Law Offices of Head and Kohn. Their specialty is defending citizens who are accused of marijuana-related crimes in Georgia. Attorneys Head and Kohn both have proven track records of winning cases and having charges dismissed or reduced.
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