Were You Caught With Drugs in Georgia? Now What?
If you are a college student who has been arrested for possession of drugs in Georgia, you may think that it is no big deal. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Depending on the quantity of drugs, you could be charged with possession with intent to sell — a serious felony that carries a substantial prison sentence.
My name is Matt Karzen. If you have been charged with a drug crime in Georgia, you will need a vigorous defense from an experienced defense attorney. As a former prosecutor, I have the ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the state's case against you and build an effective defense. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Some of the most common types of drug charges in Georgia involve marijuana, meth, psilocybin mushrooms and illegal prescription drugs. Most drug charges, except for possession of a small amount of marijuana, are felonies in Georgia. I represent people charged with drug possession, possession with intent to sell, distribution/sale and drug trafficking.
Building a Strong Defense for You
Even if you were caught with drugs in your possession, there may be issues with the search and seizure of those drugs that can be challenged by an experienced lawyer: If the drugs were found in your vehicle, did the police have a reason to stop you? Did the police have probable cause to search you vehicle? If not, the drug evidence can be dismissed.
- If the drugs were not found on your person, did other people have "equal access" to the drugs? Georgia law is quite helpful in these cases.
- If the drugs were found in your home, apartment or dorm room, did the police have a properly obtained and executed search warrant?
If this is the first time you have been arrested on drug charges, there is no reason you should have a felony conviction. There are ways an experienced lawyer can fight to resolve your case and avoid a conviction and a permanent criminal record.
Protect your driver's license and student loans: Drug convictions in Georgia carry collateral damages including driver's license suspension and loss of eligibility for student loans. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
Free Attorney Consultation
If you face drug charges, contact me, lawyer Matt Karzen, for a free consultation. My law office is in downtown Athens, Georgia. Call toll free at 866-487-0881.