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Why would a person have to wait for a warrant after being arrested for a charge of drug related object to get a bond?

Marietta, GA |

Also, charged with possession less than 1oz, which doesn't need warrant and has a bond issued...Never heard of having to wait for an arrest warrant on a paraphernalia charge...

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Misdemeanor violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, specifically Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana can be issued on a UTC, Uniform Traffic Citation. Possession of drug paraphernalia, however, must be on a state warrant.

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Thanks for the quick response! That makes since...but what about having to appear before a judge? I looked up the ga codes and that was not one of the crimes listed as mandatory appearance before superior court judge...but some of the people say there is an appearance before bond...???

Carl Santos Cansino

Carl Santos Cansino


It is common for most misdemeanor offenses to be automatically bondage under a standard bond schedule. Possession of drug paraphernalia is not required to be bondable before a Superior Court Judge only. A magistrate can set this bond.


There are certain crimes that require a state warrant to be issued before a bond is set. Possession under an ounce of marijuana is an exception that rule however, while drug paraphernalia requires a state warrant.

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