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How to Fight a Possession Charge in Savannah

There are various penalties that will be imposed in a drug possession case, based upon the type of drug involved. Controlled substances are listed in "schedules." These drug schedules are important to a defendant, as it will have a determination about the level of charges filed, misdemeanor or felony, and the sentences that can be imposed. The drug schedules in Georgia are as follows:

  • Schedule I:
    Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy, GHB, magic mushrooms, peyote, THC and others
  • Schedule II
    Opium, cocaine, meth, morphine, Oxy, codeine, methadone and others
  • Schedule III
    Steroids, hydrocodone, ketamine, testosterone, and others
  • Schedule IV
    Xanax, Valium, prescription uppers and downers of various brands and types
  • Schedule V
    Prescription drugs with limited levels of certain controlled substances to treat various diseases and conditions

Punishments for drug possession

Schedule I & II

  • Felony conviction
  • 2-15 years in prison for your first offense
  • up to 30 years in prison for a second offense

Schedule III-IV

  • Felony conviction
  • 1-5 years in prison
  • 1-10 years in prison for your second offense

If you are a minor you could face additional penalties including:

  • Loss of driver's license for up to 5 years
  • Suspension or loss of admission from college
  • Loss of college sports eligibility

If you are facing charges of drug possession, you need to get informed about your various options, and what to do to protect yourself. As a defendant, you hold certain rights. These include:

  • The right to remain silent
  • The right to defend yourself
  • The right to an attorney
  • The right to due process
  • The right to be protected from being arrested with probable cause
  • The right to be protected from illegal search and seizure

After an arrest, you need to exercise your rights, particularly the right to remain silent. There are many cases that become more difficult to defend merely because the accused answered questions, argued with police, made admissions or other actions. Remain absolutely silent other than providing your name and address, and immediately tell the police you need to speak with your attorney and do not want to be questioned without your counsel present. Police cannot legally question you if you ask for an attorney and must wait until your defense lawyer arrives to continue. At that point, you are protected from making any statements that could harm your case.

Don't Lose Your Right to Justice

There are many people who are so frightened when arrested and charged that they make the wrong moves. These people may not even realize that there is a high potential for having the charges dismissed, and make the serious error of pleading guilty. When you plead guilty, the process comes to an end, and the next phase is sentencing. You cannot change a "guilty" plea to "not guilty," whereas you can change "not guilty" to "guilty" if this proves to bring some advantage that you, as an informed defendant and in close communication with counsel, believe is the best strategy. Never plead guilty to any drug possession charge without first retaining defense counsel that you can trust to engage in the most effective strategies for you. At our firm, we have an extensive trial record, and you can find out more about us by reading our client testimonials. With years in practice and an aggressive approach, we have achieved many victories for our clients accused of drug possession.

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