Movies and TV are full of people getting high without any negative consequences. This makes it easy to assume that it’s “no big deal” to possess marijuana. In real life, however, it rarely works out that way. In real life, if you are charged with possession of marijuana, you may be facing misdemeanor or even felony level charges, depending on the situation.
If you were in possession with less than an ounce of marijuana at the time of the arrest, and/or it was your first offense, it is likely that you will be charged with a misdemeanor. However, there are some important things for you to take into consideration when it comes to misdemeanor possession charges:
Many times, students who are charged with marijuana possession have never been a target for law enforcement before. However, it is important to realize that having a permanent criminal record can impact your life and reputation for years to come. Especially if you are just starting out, you do not want limits placed on your future. This is why it is important to contact a defense attorney as soon as possible. We will do everything possible to mitigate the effect these charges can have on your life.
If you already have a misdemeanor on your record, then it is likely that future infractions will be charged as felonies. You may be facing consequences that include:
Having a criminal record can also put your eligibility for financial aid at risk. While society has become more accepting of marijuana use, the criminal justice system has not. Recreational use is still illegal everywhere in the U.S., and Georgia has not legalized the use of medical marijuana. Possession is illegal, and if you are caught, you will be prosecuted.
Sometimes the prosecution makes mistakes. Sometimes it is possible to negotiate with the district attorney, especially for a first offense. An experienced drug crimes defense attorney will explore all the options that may be available in your particular case and pursue them relentlessly. If you or your child has been charged with possession of marijuana in Marietta or the Atlanta area, contact us today for your free consultation.