According to the Drug Policy Alliance, 1.55 million people in the United States were arrested on non-violent drug charges in 2012. This country spends over $51 billion dollars annually in its so-called war on drugs. With the recent increase in opioid addiction along with the usual suspects in the drug arena (cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana) it’s not surprising that almost everyone knows or is related to someone who has been arrested for a drug offense.
POSSESSION OF DRUGS TREATED DIFFERENTLY THAN DISTRIBUTION
Last year, the Georgia Legislature used the results of an exhaustive study of our criminal justice system to overhaul some of the statutory punishments for drug-related offenses. As a result, persons arrested for drug possession now face significantly less prison time than they did before 2013. Persons charged with selling or possessing with the intent to distribute controlled substances, however, still face significant time in custody.
It takes a skilled and experienced lawyer to successfully fight drug charges. If you or a loved one need help dealing with a drug charge, please contact our office at 404-474-2531 for a free and confidential consultation.