Felony Drug charges may have a huge impact on our career, family and most importantly on your liberty. Many local law enforcement agencies are now utilizing wire tap technology in their surveillance of individuals that they suspect may be dealing in illegal narcotics. many people feel that if they use disposable phones, text messaging or "boost" mobile communications that they will not be detected. This is absolutely not true.
However, law enforcement is required to comply with the law in obtaining wiretap warrants and more often than not they make many mistakes when doing so. it is extremely important to have an attorney review the legality of the warrants as well as the procedures utilized by law enforcement in order to ensure that your rights were not violated.
Georgia: Misdemeanor Drug Charges
The most common misdemeanor drug charge is possession of marijuana less than an ounce. If the amount is under an ounce it is a misdemeanor, if it is over an ounce it is charged as a felony. Many people take the misdemeanor rather lightly. However, all the same Constitutional rules apply to misdemeanors as well as felonies. The search has to be conducted correctly in accordance with the law of the State of Georgia as well as under the U.S. Constitution.
Additionally, a plea of guilty to Possession of Marijuana Less than an Ounce will result in a six month suspension of your driver's license-regardless of whether you were driving or not at the time of arrest.
There are ways to avoid this--even if you intend to plead guilty. Georgia has a code section [ 16-13-29(a)] that allows you to enter a plea of guilty to a first time possession less than an ounce that will keep the conviction off your record and avoid the suspension of your driver's license.
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