Drug charges are serious offenses that can affect you for the rest of your life. The more dangerous the drug, the more severe the penalties.
Heroin is a serious drug with serious consequences. If you have been accused of heroin possession, heroin possession with intent to sell/distribute/deliver, or heroin trafficking in the state of Georgia, you need a local criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights from start to finish. The criminal defense lawyers at Pak and McRae Law, LLC in Atlanta, GA, will do just that. Read on to learn about the various penalties for these charges and call us for a free initial consultation.
Were you charged with trafficking heroin?
Drug trafficking carries with it stiff penalties that can majorly affect your livelihood and family. According to Georgia law, anyone who knowingly sells, manufactures, delivers, brings into Georgia, or is in possession of four grams or more of this controlled substance is guilty of trafficking an illegal drug. This is a felony offense that has severe penalties, depending on the amount of heroin of which you were found in possession.
It doesn’t take very much to land you with a charge for trafficking heroin. Four grams is the minimum amount it takes to be charged with trafficking heroin.
This is less than one teaspoon.
If you were found in possession of even a seemingly small amount—even if it was for your purposes and your purposes alone—it may have been enough to land you a heroin trafficking charge, five years in prison, and $50,000 in fines. Contact a Georgia criminal defense attorney immediately for the best defense when fighting your charges.
Below, we have listed the penalties associated with the following amounts of this Schedule 1 drug:
- 4–14 grams: 5 years in prison MINIMUM and a $50,000 fine
- 14–28 grams: 10 years in prison MINIMUM and a $100,000 fine
- 28+ grams: 25 years in prison MINIMUM and a $500,000 fine
Were you charged with possession of heroin?
It is very easy to be charged with trafficking heroin, but if you were found with a quantity that is less than four grams, you may only be facing a charge of possession or possession with intent to sell, distribute, or deliver. Both of these charges are less severe than a drug trafficking charge, but nevertheless, they should not be taken lightly.
If this is your first offense, you could be facing anywhere from two to 15 years in prison in addition to fines. If this is your second offense, you could be facing anywhere from five to 30 years in prison plus fines.
Possession with intent to sell carries stiffer penalties than mere possession. However, this is a tougher charge to prove, and the burden of proof is on the prosecutor. What does this mean for you? This means that, with the right defense, it may be possible to successfully argue that the prosecutor’s evidence is faulty and insufficient. Many of the signs that law enforcement agencies look for to prove intention are disputable indicators, such as large amounts of cash on your person or the packaging of the drugs.
Call a Drug Criminal Defense Attorney to Defend You
Do not attempt to fight your heroin charge alone. You may be facing a criminal charge, but it should not adversely affect the rest of your life. You should have a second chance to get your life back on track, and we want to give you that second chance. Call the drug criminal defense lawyers at Pak and McRae Law, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. No matter what, we will defend your rights and be your advocate throughout the entire process.