In Georgia, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor. However, any possession of over an ounce of marijuana is a felony.
Possession of any other drug is considered a felony; possession of cocaine, heroin, and prescription pills are all felonies.
Many times when a person is charged with drug possession they are also charged with other crimes, such as “intent to distribute.” This is typically the case when a person is charged with possession of a large amount of drugs.
What are the consequences of underage drug charges?
If you are underage this could be your first offense. In this case, an experienced criminal defense attorney might try to get some sort of pre‑trial diversion program, which would mean that you ultimately end up with a dismissal and keep the charge off your record. But every situation is different.
There are crucial things to consider if a person is underage when they are arrested for drug charges– school is the most crucial. If you have a drug charge on your record, you cannot receive a federally backed college loan. This means that you will not be able to receive financial help from the government for your college tuition. And for many people, this could keep them out of college entirely.
This is why we typically try to keep these drug charges off of your record. Removing it from your record could involve some kind of diversion program, but every case is different. But the possibility of getting financial support for college is reason enough to seek out options to keep the drug charge off of your record. You never know what your future holds. That is why we act as proactively as possible for drug charges and all felony and misdemeanor charges.
If I’m arrested for marijuana possession will I lose my driver’s license?
If you are arrested for marijuana possession you will not lose your license. However if you are convicted for marijuana possession, you could potentially lose your driver’s license. A license suspension is a possible consequence if you plead guilty the charge, and are convicted of the crime.
This is something we think about when considering your options. You need your license to drive to and from work, as well as go about the rest of your daily life, and we don’t underestimate that need.