In the state of Georgia, the act of possessing, selling or trafficking cocaine is illegal, just as it is in the rest of the United States. Georgia tends to treat drug charges relatively harshly in comparison with other states; therefore, any charge relating to cocaine should be taken very seriously by the defendant.
If a person is found to be in the possession of any amount of cocaine, he or she will be charged with a felony and could stand to face up to 15 years of prison time, even if it is his or her first offence.
The possession of cocaine in Georgia
The crime of being in the possession of cocaine in the state of Georgia is defined as the act of possessing less than 28 grams of cocaine, with no evidence of trafficking present. If it is a defendant's first offence, they will likely face between two and 15 years in prison. If they have offended before, they will face a minimum of five years and a maximum of 30 years in jail. The sentence will largely depend on the amount of cocaine found.
The trafficking of cocaine
If a person is found in the possession of 28 grams or more of cocaine, he or she will automatically be charged with drug trafficking. If he or she is found with less than 200 grams of cocaine, the offender will face a mandatory sentence of 10 years in jail, and will likely face a $200,000 fine.
If you have been found in the possession of cocaine in Georgia, it is vital that you take immediate action to defend yourself.