Dunwoody Drug Crime Lawyer
Despite the legalization of certain drugs in other states, Georgia still takes drug crimes very seriously and will prosecute drug cases to the fullest extent of the law. Drug crimes take many forms, and the punishments associated with conviction are often determined by the schedule of the controlled substance, the amount in question, and any prior convictions for each particular offense. The knowledgeable Dunwoody drug crime lawyers at Hawkins Spizman have represented many clients throughout Georgia accused of drug crimes and will advocate for your rights if arrested for a drug crime. To learn more, call or contact our office today.
Georgia Drug Schedules
Drugs, also referred to as controlled substances, are split into five schedules based on their potential for abuse and accepted use for medical treatment. Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous and include heroin, ecstasy, and LSD. Schedule II drugs include cocaine and amphetamines, while Schedule III drugs include a wide range of depressants, stimulants, and steroids. Controlled substances in the Schedule IV category include other stimulants and depressants with a lower chance of abuse, and Schedule V drugs are those with limited levels of narcotics in them that are widely available for medical use.
Penalties for Drug Crime Conviction
The penalties for a drug crime conviction vary based on the schedule of the controlled substance, the amount of drugs, and whether the defendant has any prior convictions for drug crimes on their record. Higher amounts of drugs can elevate a drug crime from possession to intent to distribute, which also makes the penalties more severe. The punishment for a Schedule I or Schedule II drug conviction can range from two years to life in prison, where a Schedule III, IV, or V drug conviction can include a prison term between one and ten years.
Penalties for drug crimes also include a criminal record that will show up on any background check for jobs, housing, and school as well as limitations on the ability to own a firearm or vote in elections. Conviction also often comes with fines and court costs and may include mandatory drug treatment programs. You need a criminal defense lawyer who will fight hard to defend these charges and help you avoid a future full of consequences for a drug crime conviction.
What to Look for in a Lawyer
You want a lawyer with experience handling drug crimes in Georgia to handle your case. Your attorney should have a comprehensive knowledge of the best defenses and be able to craft a solid argument for your acquittal. You want a lawyer with trial experience who understands the tactics that the prosecution will use to try and convict, and you want a lawyer who will be honest and communicative with you through every step of the legal process. At Hawkins Spizman, we have successfully helped hundreds of clients avoid having a drug charge on their permanent record.
Talk to Hawkins Spizman Today
If you would like to learn more about the wide range of legal services offered to our clients accused of drug crimes in the Georgia, call or contact Hawkins Spizman today to schedule a free consultation.