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Drug Offences

The Georgia Drug Offences lawyers at Best Criminal Defense Georgia represent people who have been charged with a wide range of offenses related to controlled substances, ranging from simple possession to trafficking and conspiracy. The most common drug crime cases our firm handles include:

  • Possession
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution
  • Manufacturing
  • Federal Drug Offences
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Conspiracy

Please keep in mind though that our firm is skilled and experienced in representing clients on the full spectrum of drug related offenses.

The Best Criminal Drug Offences Defense Georgia draws on nearly two decades of comprehensive legal experience to develop defenses for the people whom we represent. We fight these cases head-on, and we start by giving our clients a straightforward assessment of their situation. We use no scare tactics and provide no unrealistic promises. Instead, we give you a clear picture of your rights and options. Our criminal defense lawyers take the time to walk clients through the legal process and help them make informed decisions at every step of the way.

Drug Offences

PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS IN A Drug Offences CASE

The State of Georgia takes Drug Offences (also known as VU CSA charges, or violations of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act) very seriously. The penalties that you may be facing vary widely based on the quantity and type of drug involved. They may include thousands of dollars in fines and long periods of imprisonment. In the federal system, defendants face even more Draconian consequences, including mandatory minimum sentences of either 5 or 10 years in prison, based on the type and amount of drug at issue. These potential penalties double for people who have prior drug trafficking convictions. Federal prosecutors very often charge defendants with being part of a conspiracy, which greatly expands their potential criminal liability.

The good news is that state and federal laws give people charged with drug crimes a number of possible defenses. It is important to remember that police and prosecutors bear the burden in any criminal case to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime. Some defenses may involve arguing that you were entrapped by police officers working undercover or that the substance in question was not what the police claim it was. Others, such as those related to searches and seizures, may limit the evidence that may be used against you in court.

The biggest question in many drug cases is whether police officers played by the rules in gathering the evidence against you. If a police officer wants to stop you on the street or pull over your car, for instance, the officer must have a “reasonable suspicion” to believe that you have recently been involved in or are currently committing a crime. This means more than just a mere hunch. The officer may also search you for weapons only if they reasonably believe that it is necessary for their own safety. Any evidence obtained during a stop performed without reasonable suspicion is likely to be thrown out of court.

The standard is even higher for a police officer who wants to search your car or home. These searches generally require “probable cause” to believe that there is evidence of a crime in the house or car. There are certain exceptions to the rule, such as in cases in which a police officer can plainly see contraband or other evidence of a crime or when someone who has the authority to give consent allows police officers to conduct a search. However, any evidence obtained from a search that is performed without probable cause and that doesn’t meet one of the exceptions should be excluded from use against you.

 

 

Call The Law Office of Al Forgone today at 706 546 0999 OR Contact Us Online to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We can help Washington residents who need a drug crime attorney or representation in fighting charges of theft, violent crimes, sex offenses, white-collar crimes, and other offenses.

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