Georgia’s drug possession laws are strict which is why accused individuals facing them should have a sense of what they are up against and how they can defend themselves against drug possession charges. Drug charges require accused individuals to be familiar with their criminal defense rights and how to protect themselves against the charges they are facing.
In Georgia, accused individuals can face drug charges for allegations of possession of illegal drugs or illegally possessing prescription drugs. Accused individuals allegedly in possession of illegal drugs can face suspension of their driver’s license; the length of the possible driver’s license suspension they face depends on the number of drug possession charges they have faced but can range from six months to two years. This can be a significant penalty for accused individuals who face other potentially harsh penalties stemming from a drug charge.
Individuals accused of drug possession may also face harsh penalties including incarceration and steep fines. The duration of incarceration the accused individual faces depends on the nature of the drug they are accused of possessing. In general, accused individuals can face 2 to 15 years in prison for a first drug possession offense and may face up to 30 years in prison for any subsequent drug offenses. Certain drug charges may be punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison.
Drug charges can alter an accused individual’s life forever which is why it is so important to know how to defend against them. Preparing a strong criminal defense may be the only way to help mitigate some of the serious potential penalties and consequences accused individuals face.