Allegations involving the illegal possession or distribution of controlled substances are extremely common. A conviction for having even a small amount of marijuana in your possession can change your life, so it’s essential that you mount a vigorous defense as quickly as possible.
Fortunately, a Brunswick drug lawyer is available to help. A dedicated defense attorney will hear your side of the story and develop a defense that’s specifically tailored to your situation. This may include challenging the police tactic that led to an arrest, questioning whether you had the substances in your possession, or questioning whether the State can prove that you intended to distribute the substances.
Drug law in Georgia is harsh. Unlike other locations that have decriminalized or even legalized substances such as marijuana, this activity is still illegal in Brunswick and the state.
Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 16-13-30(j), possessing more than one ounce of marijuana is a felony that carries a minimum one-year sentence and a maximum ten-year prison sentence. However, when the amount of marijuana is less than one ounce, the offense is a misdemeanor that can bring a jail sentence of up to 12 months.
Possessing harsher drugs brings more severe penalties. The potential sentences depend on the drug and the amount involved in the case. To fight any potential drug charges and penalties the prosecution might throw, you must retain a lawyer in Brunswick early on to fight allegations and defend your future.
While allegations related to the possession of drugs are serious, severe penalties apply when the government believes that a person is selling drugs. Selling or possessing with the intent to sell any Schedule I or Schedule II substance is a felony that can bring up to a 30-year prison sentence.
Unfortunately, prosecutors have many means to argue that a person possessed drugs with the intent to distribute them. Large amounts of cash, client lists, packaging materials, and even the storage means for drugs may all be evidence of a distribution scheme.
However, aggressive legal counsel can help refute the notion that you were selling drugs. An attorney can also challenge the legality of the Brunswick police work that led to the supposed evidence you might be facing in the drug case.
Drug cases are complex and can escalate quickly. Even having a trace amount of marijuana on your person is a crime, and a conviction can require you to serve significant time in jail. Even more concerning are allegations of drug distribution, where the court must impose lengthy jail sentences as a matter of law.
A Brunswick drug lawyer will help you fight this outcome. Our team can listen to your side of the story and help contest whether drugs were in your possession or your property. We can also help to argue for fair bail terms, question the legality of evidence collection methods, and make arguments in court that could help to create reasonable doubt. Give the office a call to explain your circumstances.
J. Ryan Brown Law, LLC