If you have been charged with the possession or drug trafficking of methamphetamine, it is vital that you work with a competent attorney who has experience in drug law. Meth crimes can bring a heavy sentence. Make sure that you have an experienced team for defense.
Possession of Methamphetamine in Georgia
In Georgia, it is unlawful for anyone to possess, purchase, or have any amount of meth under his or her control. In order to be found guilty for possession, there must be evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused was in possession of meth.
Drug Trafficking Methamphetamine in Georgia
There is more to drug trafficking than just selling or transporting drugs. You could be charged with trafficking if you manufactured, transported, sold, or distributed meth. This charge also depends on the amount of the drug in your possession. In Georgia, you could be charged with drug trafficking if you are in possession of 28 grams or more of methamphetamine.
Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to use certain defenses to your advantage. Some common defenses for possession of meth include:
- The accused did not know that he or she possessed methamphetamine. For example, if you dropped a package off for a friend and had no reason to suspect what was inside.
- The police officers used an illegal stop. It might be possible that the officers who searched you and found the methamphetamine did not have the constitutional basis for stopping you and searching you.
- Lack of possession. If you were just found near the substance, then that is not enough to prove that you were in possession of the methamphetamine.
- Innocence. It might be possible that a witness or alibi could prove your innocence of the crime you are charged for.
Possible Consequences of a Meth Crime Conviction
If you are convicted of possessing meth, you could face several hefty fines or jail time depending on the circumstances surrounding your case. If caught trafficking, your prison sentence typically goes up in correlation to the amount of meth you were convicted of trafficking. This might include:
- 10 years in prison for 28 to 200 grams of meth
- 15 years in prison for 200 to 400 grams of meth
- 25 years in prison for over 400 grams of meth
How We Can Help
The possible repercussions of a conviction resulting from a meth charge in Georgia can be frightening. At Wadkins & Wallace, we understand how stressful your situation can be and want to make sure you feel at ease knowing that you have the best defense possible for your case. Contact us today to schedule a free review of your case.