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What Are Felony Drug Charges in Georgia?

There is a wide range of severity for drug offenses. From simple possession to manufacturing or trafficking, the charges and penalties vary. Let’s go over some of the most common felony drug offenses in Georgia, and what you should do if you are accused of one.

What Makes A Crime a Felony Drug Charge?

When classifying a drug offense in Georgia, a few factors are considered. First, the schedule of the substance involved. Drugs are classified as either Schedule I, II, III, IV, or V depending on the perceived danger or addictiveness of the drug. If the charge involves a drug in the more severe schedules (I or II), it may be a felony. Another important factor is the amount of the drug involved. If someone is carrying a small, personal amount of a substance, they may face a misdemeanor charge. However, if someone has a significant quantity of a substance, they may face more severe, felony charges.

Examples of Felony Drug Charges in Georgia

Some of the most common felony offenses involve:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • LSD
  • Methamphetamine

Common felony charges involving these substances are:

  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Sale
  • Trafficking
  • Cultivation
  • Offenses involving a minor or minors

Actions to Take After Being Charged with a Felony

Any type of drug charge is serious, but especially felony charges. A felony conviction on your record can affect your future and your rights. The first thing you should do during and after your arrest is use your right to remain silent. You may feel the urge to explain yourself or the evidence. It’s best to keep quiet. Anything you say could hurt your case.

Next, contact a defense attorney. Having a defense attorney on your side is the best protection you can have when facing criminal charges. Don’t underestimate the value that a strong attorney brings to your case.

Savannah, Georgia Drug Defense

Our attorneys at The Lerch Law Firm have helped countless clients through a variety of drug charges. We have experience fighting and winning misdemeanor, felony, and federal cases for our clients. Get started with our team today; call us at (912) 417-5008.