Marietta Drug Crime Defense Attorney
Crimes Involving the Sale of Drugs & Narcotics
If you have been arrested and charged with the unlawful sale of drugs in
Georgia, your future is at risk. Drug dealing is a felony under Georgia
Code § 16-13-30 (2012), and unless you take action now you could
face several years behind bars and a life as a convicted felon. The penalty
you would receive, if convicted, depends on the type of drugs involved-specifically,
where the drug sits on the Schedule of Controlled Substances, which ranks
drugs according to their perceived dangerousness, and whether they have
any accepted medical use.
The "Schedule" Drug Categories & Penalties
Schedule drugs range from I to V, with Schedule V being less severe in
punishment than Schedule I. Do not be fooled—a Schedule V is still
a serious criminal offense and can result in devastating consequences.
Drug sales crimes are considered more serious than possession because
they have a potential of affecting more people. Understanding the consequences
of these charges is the first step to building an effective criminal defense.
Schedule I and II drugs include:
Schedule III, IV, and V drugs include:
Schedule I and II drug sale charges carry a penalty of at 5 to 30 years
in prison; a second offense results in 10 to 40 years in prison. Schedule
III, IV, and V drug sale charges may result in 1 to 10 years, and increase
with each consecutive conviction as well. In some cases, individuals could
have their driver's license suspended for 180 days, preventing them
from driving to work, school, or any other responsibilities they may have.
All kinds of drugs fall into the Schedule categories. If you are facing
sales charges for opium, mescaline, peyote, or any other kind of prescription
drug or other substance, it is vital that you secure representation from
a drug crime lawyer who has the knowledge and skills necessary to help
you explore all your legal options and build a capable defense against the
criminal charges. Your future may depend on a dedicated criminal attorney.
Marietta Criminal Lawyer for Drug Sales Cases
You cannot afford any delay in taking action to defend yourself against
drug crime charges as serious as these, and it is in your best interests to retain
legal representation from a Marietta criminal defense attorney as soon
as you learn that you are under investigation.
Contact Henrickson & Sereebutra today for a
free initial case evaluation
, so that an attorney from the firm can review your situation and begin
working on a strategy for protecting your rights and your future.