If you are facing felony charges due to drug crimes, it's crucial that you know your rights. It is imperative that you get in contact with an experienced Atlanta drug crimes attorney that will know how to protect your rights during your legal proceedings.
Criminal sentences for drug crimes almost always include lengthy jail sentences and hefty fines. Therefore, your case could potentially be life-changing, and you should not go through your trial alone.
Understanding Your Rights In Atlanta Drug Crime Cases
In all drug cases, it is important to research the validity of the stop, pat down, search, seizure or incriminating statements, and to file the appropriate motions to suppress the same.
In addition, the defense of equal access, that someone else had the same or similar access to the drugs in question, is a critical issue to investigate. Often, our drug cases are won prior to trial through our extensive motion practice.
Punishments of Atlanta Drug Crimes
According to Georgia Code § 16-13-31, if you are arrested with a quantity of cocaine between 28 grams and 200 grams, you will be sentenced to a minimum sentenced of 10 years and will pay a fine of at least $200,000.
If you are arrested with 200 or more grams of cocaine, you will serve at least 15 years in prison and will pay a minimum fine of $300,000. If you arrested with 400 or more grams of cocaine, you will face a sentence of at least 25 years and will pay a fine of at least $1 million.
If you are arrested with a quantity of marijuana between 10 and 2,000 pounds, you will face a minimum sentence of 5 years in prison and will pay a fine of at least $100,000. If you are arrested with more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, you will be sentenced to a minimum of 7 years in prison and face a fine of at least $250,000.
If you are arrested with 10,000 pounds or more, you will be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison and pay a fine of at least $1 million.
Although this is just a small sample size of the vast amount of punishments related to drug crimes in Atlanta, these sentences highlight the severity of drug trafficking convictions. Therefore, it is crucial that you reach out to a knowledgeable and dedicated criminal defense attorney to attempt to get your charges dropped or reduced.
Our Drug Crime Defense Process
The defense team at Andersen, Tate & Carr has handled countless illegal drug cases for our clients, including those involving marijuana, prescription drugs, methamphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin as well as other schedule I, II, III, IV drugs.
Pat McDonough and Trinity Hundredmark of Andersen, Tate & Carr are among the most experienced, respected, and recognized criminal defense lawyers in the Atlanta area. They are well versed in the latest legal opinions regarding illegal stops, searches, and seizures.
Improper police procedures may result in the contraband being considered the “fruit of the poisonous tree” or inadmissible. Winning a motion to suppress on these issues is vital to having a case dismissed.
Contact Our Team Of Experienced Atlanta Drug Crimes Attorneys Today
Our attorneys are skilled in defending clients facing drug crime charges, including:
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Forgery of prescription drugs
- Driving under the influence of a controlled substance
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony drug crime or drug related charge in Atlanta, the experienced drug crime attorneys of Andersen, Tate & Carr will work vigorously to protect you rights.
We will strive for a dismissal and help eliminate or at least minimize charges and penalties. If you would like more information or want to schedule a free, confidential consultation, contact us today.