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In the State of Georgia, criminal drug charges are classified in a variety of categories that include possession, intent to distribute, and trafficking. The penalties associated with each offense depend on the classification of the drug, the amount of the illegal drug in a person’s possession, and weather the person intends to sell or use the illegal drugs.

The State of Georgia takes drug offenses very seriously. A possession charge can result in serious consequences, such as incarceration, fines, and loss of driver’s license. Therefore, if you have been charged with any drug possession offense, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, Matthew S. Halley, will help you through this diffiuclt and stressful time, and ensure that your constitutional rights were not violated.

Classification of Controlled Substances and Narcotics

Schedule I: These drugs are considered highly addictive with no legitimate medical use. They include drugs such as Heroin, LSD, MDMA (Ecstacy) and Psilocybin (mushrooms). Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the U.S. Government, however the State of Georgia treats Marijuana possession differently than other Schedule I drugs.

Schedule II: These drugs are considered to be highly addictive, they include drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, morphine, opium, and methadone.

Schedule III: Drugs in this category include steroids like testosterone and ketamine.

Schedule IV and V: These are substances that are prescribed by physicians for a variety of medical purposes, that are illegal if taken not in accordance with the physicians prescription.


The penalties for drug possession are based on the drug classification, amount of the illegal drug and specific charge. The penalties for drug possession are harsh and involve serious potential consequences such as incarceration, fines and loss of driver’s license. Penalties for certain offenses include:
Marijuana: Possession of 1 ounce or less is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months incarceration and/or a fine of up to $1000.
Cocaine: First offense is 2-15 years in prison, plus fine.

If you have been charged with drug possession you need an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side. Matthew S. Halley will vigorously defend your rights. He will seek to have your case dismissed, charges reduced, or receive a conditional discharge without a conviction or guilty plea on your record. Time is of the essence in a drug possession case, therefore, call Matthew S. Halley, Attorney at Law, for a free consultation.

Call a Gwinnett County Drug Crimes Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation

For immediate help with your Drug Arrest in Gwinnett County, contact Gwinnett Drug Arrest attorney Matthew S. Halley by calling 678-215-1578. The initial consultation is FREE and there is no obligation, so call 678-215-1578 now.

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