In Georgia, possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor, meaning it is punishable by up to 12 months in jail, and a $1,000 fine.
There are other consequences to being charged with possession of marijuana as well— If convicted, a judge is likely to sentence you to community service, DUI/Risk Reduction School, A DRUG AND ALCOHOL EVALUATION, random drug & alcohol screenings, and/or probation. In addition, if you are convicted of possession of marijuana, your driver's license, or privilege to drive in the State of Georgia will be suspended for a minimum period of 6 months. This is a hard suspension, which means there is no limited permit for work, school, or any other activities.
This driver's license suspension applies to all Marijuana Possession charges whether or not a motor vehicle is involved in the case.
Further, almost every professional license, whether for a doctor, plumber, pilot or electrician, can be revoked, along with your ability to work. Academic scholarships, INCLUDING THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP, can also be negatively affected by a possession of marijuana conviction.
If you have been arrested for Marijuana Possession, the charge already appears on your criminal history. This is not fair since you have not been convicted of anything. However, the instant you were fingerprinted at the jail the charge was added to your criminal record. This charge can have a huge impact on future employment, promotions, and military enlistment, as well as college and graduate school applications.
Georgia is one of the harshest states in the country when it comes to possession charges, and removing a charge from your criminal record is not an easy process. If you plan to have a charge removed, you need to start at the very beginning of your case. If you were only given a citation for possession of marijuana, and not arrested, the charge does not appear on your criminal history.
If you are convicted, however, the charge will be added to your criminal history as well as your driving history, AND WILL SUSPEND YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE. Many possession of marijuana cases have excellent defenses built into them which can be used to get the charge dismissed. Even if the case against you is solid, it is often possible to handle your case in such a manner that you can avoid a marijuana conviction, keep your driver's license, professional license, and/or scholarship in addition to REMOVING THE charge from your criminal record.
My team of former prosecutors and I have handled thousands of possession of marijuana cases. We are often able to avoid convictions for our clients, and make sure their futures are not permanently jeopardized by the charges.
Please feel free to contact us concerning your case so we may share our plan to defend and resolve your case: With you.