West Georgia, similar to the rest of the county, faces a deadly drug epidemic that plagues its population. While 20 million people in the U.S. suffer from substance abuse issues, more than six million of them reported having an illicit drug disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These statistics expose the seriousness of the public health crisis.
Due to the technology, illegal drugs and other medications are easier to access. Many of them have psychological effects which can lead users to other drugs. This is known as the “gateway” effect. Social pressures also play a role in influencing drug use and abuse.
Being arrested for drug possession can lead to serious consequences. The FBI reported that there were 1.5 million drug law violation arrests in 2016, which was up 5.63% from the previous year.
Therefore, it is important to understand the law around drug violations.
The 4th Amendment protects you from unlawful search and seizures. Officers must have probable cause before entering or searching your home and vehicle. They must assess the scene and make sure that your rights have not been violated.
Contact an attorney after an arrest to ensure your case gets handled properly. A lawyer can gather information regarding the arrest and analyze the information to develop a defense case. This analysis can impact charges and potentially have them dismissed completely.
Penalties for drug possession vary depending on state laws, and are based on the type of drug and the quantity amount you are charged with by the authorities. Jail time and fines differ vastly from small fines, to a few days in jail, to years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Offenders are oftentimes subject to probation. If probation is violated, additional penalties can include jail time and fines.
Drug laws are beginning to change throughout the nation. Lately, the laws on marijuana have been evolving. In Atlanta, a new city ordinance has lowered the punishment for possession of marijuana under a certain amount to only a $75 fine with no jail time.
If you or a loved one is facing drug violation, contact Miller & Wynn. Our attorneys have decades of experience and can be contacted at (770)-942-2720 or by visiting our website at www.MillerWynnLaw.com for more information.