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Charged With Marijuana Possession?

Contact a Skilled Atlanta Criminal Defense Lawyer

While many other states are rapidly revising their marijuana laws, Georgia still considers it an illegal substance and being caught in possession of any amount of it can result in criminal penalties. In fact, Georgia's drug statutes outline very low quantity thresholds before this common charge is considered a felony offense.

If you have been charged with marijuana possession, then it is highly recommended that you seek legal counsel immediately. At The Fiddes Law Firm, we have more than 15 years of criminal defense experience and, in that time, have successfully navigated thousands of cases—including for clients charged with marijuana possession.

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Penalties & “Conditional Discharge”

Marijuana possession penalties—described in Ga. Code Ann. § 16-13-2—break down into two different categories: misdemeanor and felony. It should be noted these charges address simple possession for personal use. Possession with intent to distribute is another separate and more serious charge described in another criminal statute.

Penalties for marijuana possession for personal use can include:

  • 1 oz. or less (misdemeanor): up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines
  • More than 1 oz. (felony): up to 10 years in prison

In the case of someone's first marijuana misdemeanor charge, it is possible to have the charges dropped by submitting to a probationary period. If you successfully complete the probation, the marijuana charge is no longer reflected on your record and you are subject to no further penalty. This alternative sentence, called a conditional discharge, is only available on your first marijuana possession misdemeanor charge, however, and not repeat or felony offenses.

If you have more questions about your marijuana charge, then we invite you to contact us at The Fiddes Law Firm today. We are ready to sit down with you, review your circumstances, and determine the best legal strategy to putting these charges behind you as swiftly as possible.

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