Being charged with a drug offense crime in Georgia can be frightening and stressful. Any Georgia drug charges are serious offenses, and demand an aggressive defense in court to assure that your rights are protected.
“Drug offender” is a label no one wants to carry. You are likely frightened of what a drug conviction can mean for your future. In addition to jail time and fines, some convictions make it harder to gain employment, will require suspenson of your driver’s license and you will be stuck with a permanent criminal record.
At McArthur, McArthur & Overend we are always prepared to fight on your behalf. We will often file a motion to suppress evidence against you, on grounds of an illegal search. Police officers can only search you or your home or person under specifically defined circumstances. You have a right to be free from unreasonable search under Georgia law and the US Constitution.
We have handled many drug cases in both State and Federal Court and know that experience can be critical. But all cases are different and we need to hear the specifics of your case, and go over the facts to design the best defense possible.
The first step is always a consultation. And we provide that for free with no obligation, so please contact us today to take advantage.
Georgia Criminal Drug Classifications
The Federal government and the Georgia General Assembly classify drugs according to “schedule”. The schedule is determined by the addictive nature of the drug and is used to determine criminal charges and penalties involving the drugs.
Schedule I drugs include those that are the most dangerous and have a high risk of addiction or dependency and no legitimate medical use. Drugs included under this heading include LSD, heroin and mescaline.
Schedule II substances still have a high risk of abuse but may have legitimate medical uses. These include things like opium, cocaine, crack, PCP, methadone, methamphetamines, and amphetamines.
Schedule III drugs are slightly less dangerous than Schedule II substances, but still have a moderate risk of abuse.
Schedule III substances include anabolic steroids, testosterone, ketamine, and codeine.
Schedule IV drugs have a slight risk of dependency and have very acceptable medical uses. Some Schedule IV drugs are clonazepam, tranquilizers, and valium.
Schedule V substances have a very low risk of dependency and include things like Tylenol with Codeine.
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