The shocking truth about marijuana and our legal system
Here’s an astonishing statistic: there are more drug-related arrests (including non-violent marijuana offenders) then there are arrests for serious, violent crimes such as murder, armed robbery and rape. Since marijuana was deemed illegal by our federal government in 1937, the number of arrests continues to rise—especially in the wake of the war on drugs.
And even more surprising is that nearly half of the people arrested for drugs are arrested for marijuana in Georgia. So even though you may think that marijuana use is not deemed as serious a drug offense as cocaine or heroin, our justice system is arresting someone found with this drug about every 40 seconds. That’s just one of the many reasons why you need an experienced defense attorney that specializes in the defense of your marijuana drug charge.
Why you need to hire an experienced Georgia marijuana attorney
No matter which state you live in, all states have adopted strict marijuana laws—and with strict laws come even harsher penalties. This is a specialized area of law and you should only hire an attorney that has a record of defending those charged with a marijuana drug crime. If you are convicted of a marijuana crime, it is likely you’ll be sent to jail and will face expensive fines. But with the right defense attorney in your corner, you may be able to have your drug charge reduced or even dismissed.
Whether you were arrested for buying, selling or possessing marijuana, all of these activities are against the law. Believe it or not, you’ll face more strict penalties for selling and/or growing marijuana than for buying or using it. This is especially true if you were charged with growing this substance near a school. Your penalties will also depend on the amount of marijuana police found (whether you were buying, selling or using it).
If you have had any other drug possession charges on your record, this is just one more reason to hire an experienced Georgia marijuana defense attorney. Remember, being convicted of a marijuana charge is a life-changing event!