Georgia Possession with Intent to Distribute
In Georgia, drug possession charges fall into one of two categories: simple possession and possession with intent to distribute. Simple possession, in which a person is caught with a small amount of illegal substances for personal consumption, is the lesser of the two offenses. However, if a person is discovered with a larger amount of drugs, he or she may be charged with Georgia possession with intent to distribute.
If someone is arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute, it means that law enforcement believes the illegal substances are intended for distribution or sale. Factors that may lead to a possession with intent to distribute charge include having a large amount of cash, measuring scales, small plastic bags, a client list, or a large amount of illegal substances. If the police find these items, they may assume that that the person is going to sell or distribute the drugs.
Possession with Intent to Distribute Consequences
The penalties for possession with intent to distribute may include prison time as well as large fines. After release from prison, probation may be ordered. While on probation, following the strict guidelines and avoiding committing any other crimes is extremely important—violating the terms of your probation could result in additional incarceration time.
A possession with intent to distribute charge can result in more than criminal penalties; your entire future can also be affected with a drug-related offense on your record. Convicted felons are prohibited from holding jobs in certain sectors as well as owning firearms and even voting. Applying for jobs, housing, and loans can also be problematic, as third parties can easily access your criminal record.
Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer is crucial if you have been accused of Georgia possession with intent to distribute. Your attorney can review the facts of your case to determine if you were subject to illegal search and seizure. If you or your property was searched without probable cause, a motion to suppress the evidence that was obtained may be filed, thus weakening the prosecution’s case against you.
You should speak with a skilled defense attorney at HTW&W today to learn more about the charges you are facing. Your attorney can answer any questions you may have during this time.