Georgia’s state laws are relatively strict when it comes to drug possession and distribution. The state regulates prescription drugs in addition to illegal drugs, and, therefore, you can be subject to harsh sentences if you are found in wrongful possession of such drugs.
If you are found to have a very small amount of an illegal drug in your possession in Georgia, you could face harsh penalties. However, you will be charged with drug possession rather than an intent to distribute. If you are found with a significant amount of a drug that is more than what could be used for personal consumption, you can be charged with an intent to distribute, which is a much more serious crime.
The consequences of drug possession in Georgia
In Georgia, when people are found in the possession of an illegal drug, they are subject to a mandatory six month suspension on their drivers’ license. This will hold true even if it is your first offense. This punishment serves both as a deterrent but also as a way to keep the roads safe from drivers with drugs in their system.
Further penalties will depend on the type of drug that is found in your possession. Any illegal drug that is not marijuana will be charged as a felony, which can result in anything from one to 15 years in jail.
If you have been found with drugs in your possession, it is important to take your situation seriously and to take action as soon as possible. The more informed on the law you are, the better prepared you will be in court.
Source: FindLaw, “Georgia Drug Possession Laws,” accessed Dec. 15, 2017