Experienced Cumming, Georgia Defense Attorneys Fight Drug Charges
Seasoned trial lawyers for possession, distribution and trafficking offenses
State and federal prosecutors in Georgia pursue drug charges very aggressively. So, if you are arrested for any type of drug crime, it’s important to retain a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. For decades, the trial lawyers at Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP have built a strong reputation for staunch advocacy. We approach your case with the utmost professionalism and treat it with the urgency it deserves. Throughout the process, we are accessible by phone and in person. We keep you updated constantly on developments, as we work tirelessly to achieve the best possible results.
Knowledgeable lawyers experienced in a wide range of drug crime defenses
The classification of the drug, the quantity involved, an existing criminal record and other specific facts of the case will determine the actual penalties you face when charged with a drug crime. Possible penalties include these:
- Marijuana (less than one ounce) — A misdemeanor calling for fines of up to $1,000 and one year in prison.
- Marijuana (more than one ounce) — A felony with prison sentences running from one to 10 years along with variable fines.
- First offense Schedule 1 or 2 — Drugs in these classes include heroin, LSD, ecstasy, oxycodone, cocaine and methamphetamines. Possession is a felony, and depending on weight, calls for two to 15 years in prison and variable fines.
- Second and subsequent offenses Schedule 1 or 2 — A felony allowing for at least five years but not more than 30 years in prison and variable fines.
- First offense Schedules 3, 4, 5 — Drugs in these classes include some steroids, some prescription drugs, such as diazepam, and drugs with low levels of codeine. A felony with prison terms from one to five years and variable fines.
- Second and subsequent offenses Schedules 3, 4, 5 — A felony that carries one to 10 years in prison and variable fines.
First-time drug possession convictions come with a mandatory driver’s license suspension of six months. A second conviction requires a suspension of one year, and with a third and subsequent convictions, you lose your license for two years.
For a first offense, Georgia criminal law permits a judge to issue a conditional discharge, which allows you to admit possession without entering a guilty plea or suffering a criminal conviction. If you successfully complete a term of probation, the court drops the original charges, and you will not have a conviction on your record.
Contact our criminal defense lawyers in Cumming for drug crime representation
Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP is made up of seasoned trial lawyers who have successfully fought drug charges for clients in state and federal court. If you have been arrested for possession, distribution, trafficking or manufacture of illicit drugs anywhere in Forsyth County, we are prepared to fight for your best possible result. To schedule a consultation, call 470-839-9467 or contact us online.