We Have Handled the Most Severe of Drug Charges

Our commitment to excellence as narcotics crime defense attorneys means we will pursue every available legal way of protecting your freedom. We will examine the evidence and how investigators collected it. If your rights were violated in any way, we will find out about it.

We defend people who are accused of these drug crimes in the state of Georgia:

  • Possession of an illegal substance
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Smuggling drugs, narcotics, or controlled substances across state or international lines
  • Growing, cultivating or manufacturing illegal substances
  • Gun or firearm arrests related to drug crimes

Substances Classified as Controlled in Georgia

Most people are aware it is a crime to possess certain drugs - or "controlled substances", but they don't understand how the law works and what penalties are imposed when a drug possession conviction is obtained. Under Georgia state law, drugs are divided into five different types or "schedules," based on their accepted medical uses as well as their potential for addiction and abuse.

  • A Schedule I substance is one that has no accepted medical use and is highly addictive or addictive in nature; includes heroin, MDMA, and peyote.
  • Medicinal substances with a Schedule II classification are subject to restrictions and have a high likelihood of addiction and abuse. These include Oxycodone, cocaine, and methamphetamine, among others.
  • Anabolic steroids, ketamine, and testosterone are Schedule III substances because they are accepted medically and less likely to be abused or addictive.
  • In addition to having a medical use, Schedule IV substances are less likely to be addicted to or abused than Schedule III substances. These substances include Lorazepam, Clonazepam, and Diazepam.
  • Substances classified as Schedule V have a medical use and have a lower likelihood of addiction or abuse than substances classified as Schedule IV. These include cough preparations containing codeine, opium, or other substances.

Please contact our office immediately if you have been arrested for any drug-related crime - possession, sales, manufacture - so we can protect your rights and your freedom.

How Long Do You Go to Jail for Drug Possession in Georgia?

In Georgia, the jail time for drug possession varies widely depending on the type and amount of drug, as well as your criminal history. Here's a rough breakdown:

  • Marijuana: Less than one ounce is a misdemeanor with up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. More than one ounce of possession with intent to distribute is a felony with 1-10 years in prison.
  • Schedule I & II drugs (e.g., heroin, cocaine): Possession of any amount is a felony with 2-15 years for the first offense, potentially reaching 30 years for subsequent offenses.
  • Schedule III, IV, and V drugs: Possession is a felony with 1-5 years for the first offense and up to 10 years for subsequent offenses.

If you’re facing charges for a drug-related crime, please call our team as soon as possible at (770) 574-6688 or use our 24/7 criminal defense line at (678) 831-5855. You can also fill out our simple contact form.

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    Brian A. Hansford
    Attorney & Founding Partner
    Brian Hansford is one of the founding partners of Miles Hansford, LLC. With over 15 years of experience, he is the leading criminal defense attorney at the firm and has successfully represented clients facing DUIs, drug violations and felonies, as well as ...
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