Drugs & Narcotics Possession Charges
Facing Drug Offenses with a Marietta Drug Crime Attorney
At Henrickson & Sereebutra, you can find help from a
team of former prosecutors who share more than 40 years of combined experience. The attorneys of
the firm have a thorough knowledge of the law, and are well versed in
a wide variety of proven
criminal defense strategies which may be useful in your case.
If you have been arrested in Georgia for possession of
crystal meth, or any other type of drug, you may think the situation is hopeless. After
all, you had the drugs in your bag, your vehicle or in your home, so how
could you possibly hope to beat the charges?
Effectively Approaching Your Possession Case
Reviewing your case with an experienced legal professional may help you
gain a full understanding of your situation. In many cases, finding a
legal solution depends on determining whether improper police procedure
played a role in your arrest. Any violation of your rights may be grounds
to have your case successfully dismissed.
Consider the following questions in your case:
- Did the officer have a warrant?
- Was there probable cause to conduct a search?
- Was your Fourth Amendment right violated?
Law enforcement officials cannot perform a search and seizure without first
obtaining a warrant or having probable cause to conduct it. "Looking
guilty" or "looking like a drug user" is not admissible
as probable cause. Without meeting these standards, your
drug crime attorney may file a motion to suppress evidence and effectively end the case.
Penalties for Drug Possession
The penalties for drug possession depend largely on the quantity of drugs. For example, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor,
punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, while possession
of greater amounts is a felony with a maximum of ten years in state prison.
Drugs like heroin and cocaine are treated much more seriously and can
result in a felony offense even with a small amount of drugs in your possession.
You can also be subjected to a driver's license suspension lasting 180 days.
The burden of proving that you are guilty of a crime is on the prosecutor.
The strength of your defense depends on how effectively your drug crime
lawyer can contest weak evidence and minimize the damage of the penalties.
Without a proper defense, even weak and circumstantial evidence could
result in a conviction. Ensure that your rights and best interests are
looked after throughout the procedure.
The Marietta criminal defense lawyers at Henrickson & Sereebutra
are prepared to fight on your behalf, so do not wait to
contact their firm today.