Drug Defense Attorney Atlanta
THE IMPORTANCE OF DRUG DEFENSE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA
The state of Georgia has some of the harshest punishments for drug-related charges in the country. If you’re facing drug charges of any form, it’s essential to the outcome of your case that you are receiving good representation from a knowledgeable drug defense attorney in Atlanta.
Whether you’ve been caught in possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use or a larger amount of Class A drugs like heroin or cocaine, you face large fines and serious jail time.
Working with a drug defense attorney in handling drug cases in Atlanta is your best chance to beat your charges.
If you’ve been charged with a drug crime, time is against you. Call us at (404) 609-4664 or contact us today. We’ll get right back to you to arrange a time for a free consultation to discuss your case. Reach out to us today to get an experienced and seasoned drug defense attorney on your side.
PROFESSIONAL AND EXPERIENCED DRUG DEFENSE REPRESENTATION
At Arora Law, we have several former prosecutors with decades of legal experience. Above all, our attorneys have experience in representing clients in many high-profile drug cases and understand the legal system in Atlanta.
For example, one of the most common violations in Atlanta is an illegal search violating a person’s Fourth Amendment Right. In addition, the Fourth Amendment Right prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
This information is not common knowledge, and officers may take advantage of this. Unless you have a lawyer fighting for your rights, that is. Moreover, our defense attorneys have had many charges thrown out on this basis or due to finding other areas where law enforcement acted unfairly.
WE CAN HELP YOU FIGHT ANY DRUG-RELATED CHARGES
No matter the drug charges you’re facing, our team of criminal defense attorneys will build a case to defend your rights and challenge the accusations.
Four of the most common types of drug charges in Atlanta are:
In Atlanta, there are two types of possession charges; actual and constructive, also referred to as; sole or joint.
Actual possession is when a person is found with drugs on their person or knowingly has direct physical contact with the illegal substances. In this situation, the accused has sole responsibility.
Constructive possession relates to a situation where a person knowingly has power and/or intention to be in possession of drugs, but they’re not on their person.
A common example is drugs found in a car. In addition, if no one claims the drugs, everyone in the car can be charged with constructive possession. Meaning possession is joint shared.
If the weight or amount of drugs you’re found to be in possession of is significant enough, you can be charged with trafficking.
In Georgia, as little as four grams of heroin can result in a trafficking charge. Moreover, with mandatory jail time and huge fines, you have to take trafficking charges very seriously.
Possession With Intent To Distribute
Drug charges can escalate to intent to distribute when the amount of drugs found in someone’s possession is deemed as being more than self-use.
Georgia Law O.C.G.A. § 16-13-30(b) states;
It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver, distribute, dispense, administer, sell, or possess with intent to distribute any controlled substance.
It depends on the substance, but typically if someone is found with more than an ounce of marijuana, several small bags, or other sale paraphernalia, they will be charged with intent to distribute.
During an arrest for drug-related charges, law enforcement has the power to seize cash, valuables, and any other assets they suspect are tied to drug activity.
Georgia has some of the strictest civil forfeiture laws in the country. In addition, it’s crucial a lawyer acts quickly to put together a defense to get you your property back.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF A DRUGS-RELATED OFFENSE
Being arrested on drug charges is a serious matter. However, no matter how you feel about the arrest, it’s important that you do not say anything to law enforcement without a lawyer present.
You will be read your Miranda rights by the arresting officer. From that point on, don’t tell them anything other than your name. During questioning, tell the officer you wish to remain silent until you speak with an attorney.
Call our offices on (404) 609-4664 as soon as you’re able to make a call. We will instruct you on what to do next based on your individual circumstances.
PUNISHMENTS FOR DRUG OFFENSES IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Drug laws in Atlanta can be incredibly complex. Georgia divides controlled substances into several schedules and classes. Punishments also vary depending on the amount and type of drug in question, along with previous criminal history and some other factors.
Common charges and punishments:
Most possession charges (excluding a small amount of marijuana) are felonies in Atlanta. In addition, you could face fines totaling several thousand dollars and up to 15 years in prison.
Possession With Intent To Distribute
If you’re found guilty of intent to distribute you face tens of thousands in fines and up to 30 years in jail.
Trafficking charges come with mandatory minimum sentences of 10, 15, and 25 years depending on the drug and the amount you’re accused of drug trafficking.
About Atlanta, Georgia
Whether you’ve found yourself in legal trouble or not, Atlanta is one of the best places to live in the U.S.
In fact, last year, Atlanta was ranked as the 57th best place to live out of all the large metro areas across the country.
Atlanta currently has a population of more than 500,000 and is one of the fastest-growing metro areas. It’s a popular destination for tourists, and the growing population shows new residents are calling Atlanta home every year.
However, the best part about the city is how diverse it is. Not just in culture, but in what it has to offer. Downtown Atlanta is home to some of the nation’s largest fortune 500 companies, award-winning restaurants, shopping districts, and landmarks.
While just a short drive away, you’ll find Stone Mountain, the world’s largest piece of exposed granite. Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and the magnificent Chattahoochee River.
Our Practice Areas
As soon as you placed under arrest or discover you are under investigation, the clock is ticking. To ensure the best possible outcome in your drug case, you need to act quickly and hire a drug defense attorney that has experience, is knowledgeable, and able to protect your rights during even the toughest litigation.
When you decide to launch an appeal, every moment is critical. Criminal statutes have strict time limits on appeals, so you need to act quickly and hire an appellate attorney who is both knowledgeable and willing to efficiently and effectively review your case’s entire court order.
At Arora Law, our team is capable of handling all criminal law cases that include DUI charges, drug charges — from small-quantity possession to large-quantity manufacturing — and white-collar crimes such as fraud and forgery.
A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) becomes part of a permanent criminal record that follows you for the rest of your life. However, at Arora Law, we understand that serious offenses such as DUI call for serious litigation.
When someone is placed under arrest in Georgia, the impact could remain long after the case is closed. If a case is not closed out properly, it could lead to issues with employment, housing, financial loans, educational tuition, and the like.
White Collar Crime
At Arora Law, our attorneys have more than 4 decades of total experience protecting clients’ rights and reputations when facing charges with white-collar offenses. Moreover, as former prosecutors, we anticipate how the prosecution will build its case, enabling us to build a strong defense against harsh penalties.