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Drug offenses can lead to decades in prison: Learn more

There are many strict laws regarding drug abuse and possession in Georgia. If you are caught with drugs, you could face serious fines and penalties. These penalties vary based on the type of drug you're discovered with and the potential for that drug to lead to abuse.

There are five schedules of drugs. These include Schedule I, II, III, IV and V. Possession of Schedule I or II drugs, which are typically illegal or narcotic in nature, can lead to up to 15 years in prison on a first offense. People generally face up to 30 years in prison for each subsequent offense, although there are much lower penalties available if the judge deems them appropriate.

What should you do if you face drug charges in Georgia?

Remember that Georgia has tough drug laws, and there are minimum sentences for some. It is always in your best interests to work with your attorney to determine if you have any way to eliminate or lower the charges against you before accepting a plea deal or going to court.

For example, there may be alternative sentencing options, like being able to seek drug-addiction treatment, which would help you eliminate drug abuse from your life and help you avoid prison in some cases.

The type of drug you have in your possession, as well as the amount, will make a difference in your case. Keep that in mind and be as honest as possible with your attorney. Knowing the full facts about your case will help your attorney provide you with the best legal assistance.

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