If you or someone you care about has recently been arrested for possession of cocaine in Atlanta, Georgia , you should immediately consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. Thomas C. Nagel, recognized in Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition, has helped thousands of people over the last 25 years navigate their way through the criminal court system.
You will have many questions about your case. I can answer those questions for you and explain in simple terms exactly what you can expect in court. We will explain all your legal options. We help prepare you for court putting you in the best position possible when you face the judge.Penalties For Possession Of Cocaine In Georgia (O.C.G.A. 16-13-30)
Cocaine is considered a a schedule II drug in the state of Georgia. A schedule II drug is one that has a high potential for abuse. However, it does have a currently accepted medical use although it is severely restricted. Its abuse may lead to severe physchological or physical dependance. Possession or purchase of cocaine is a FELONY punishable by imprisonment for not less than two (2) nor more than fifteen (15) years for a first offense. Subsequent convictions are punishable for not less than five (5) years nor more than thirty (30) years.
Selling cocaine or possessing it with the intent to distribute it is punishable for not less than five (5) years nor more than thirty (30) years for a first offense and ten (10) to fourty (40) years or life imprisonment for subsequent offenses.Penalties For Trafficking In Cocaine In Georgia (O.C.G.A. 16-13-31)
In general, possession of 28 grams or more of cocaine in the State of Georgia is considered trafficking in cocaine. Penalties for possessing 28 to 199 grams of cocaine is punishable by improsoinment for a mandatory minimum of ten (10) years and a $200,000.00 fine. possession of 200 to 399 grams is punishable by improsonment for a mandatory minimum of fifteen (15) years and a $300,000.00 fine. Possession of 400 or more grams is punishable by improsonment for a mandatory minimum of twenty-five (25) years and a $1,000,000.00 fine. There are acceptions in the law depending on the purity of the drug.
There are many issues that must be investigated in a drug possession case. Did the officer have probale cause to stop your vehicle? Was the search and/or seizure by the police legal? Was your arrest legal? Did the officer properly advise you of your rights? In many cases, we have successfully argued that our clients rightd were violated leading to reduced charges or acquital of charges.
For over 25 years, I have helped people in thousands of Misdemeanor, Felony and Drug related cases in the Metro Atlanta area courts. I am licensed to practice law in the Georgia Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court 11th Circuit and all other courts in the State of Georgia.
Stop worrying and get answers to your questions. If you are interested in a private and confidential consultation, call me at the number listed above. Attorney's fees are competitive, major credit cards are accepted, and payment plans are available. Regardless of how bad you think your case is, before you face the judge, call me now at 404-255-1600 to arrange a free consultation.