Marijuana Charges Attorney
In Georgia, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is usually a misdemeanor. However, this does not mean that it is not a serious charge. Any drug conviction will result in a permanent criminal record that could affect you for the rest of your life. The potential consequences escalate quickly up to 30 years or more in jail depending on the amount of marijuana in your possession. Charges of conspiracy to possess marijuana are especially dangerous. You are at risk of being convicted if you knew about the drugs, even if you never touched, bought, sold or even saw drugs.
A large portion of our criminal law practice at Garland, Samuel & Loeb is devoted to defending people who face drug charges. Whether you are charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute, trafficking, conspiracy to possess or traffic, growing of marijuana, our lawyers will find a defense to meet your specific goals.
Donald Samuel and Patrick Sullivan obtained an acquittal for a record label owner charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. After a jury trial, Samuel and Sullivan, along with co-counsel Steve Sadow, were able to obtain a not-guilty verdict on all counts of the indictment. (Read about more of our successes in the Cases and In the News pages.)
Building an Effective Defense of Drug Charges
Most marijuana possession cases have the potential for a reduction of punishment or even an acquittal. For example:
- If the search and seizure of drug evidence was unlawful, the evidence can be suppressed and the case dismissed
- If the state cannot prove that you knowingly possessed the drugs: for example, If the drugs were found in a common area, others may have had equal access to the drugs
- If charged with conspiracy, that you did not know about the drugs or that you never aided, or intended to aid, an alleged drug transaction
- There are also special provisions for first-time offenders that can enable us to resolve the case without a conviction
Our attorneys have the skill and determination to aggressively pursue the legal and factual issues in your case. However, we are equally practiced in negotiating settlements that our clients can live with which avoid the risk of trial. Our reputation for ethical representation carries great weight when negotiating with both state and federal authorities.