Drug Trafficking Lawyers Savannah, GA
Defense Against Drug Trafficking Charges in Georgia
Being charged for drug trafficking in Georgia is a serious offense that is punished harshly. If you have been arrested for this type of drug crime, ensure you have a powerful Savannah drug trafficking attorney on your side who is willing to fight to protect your rights. At The Lerch Law Firm, we have successfully defended thousands of clients, including those facing drug trafficking charges in Savannah. We have won numerous jury trials and are confident that we can help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
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What are Drug Trafficking Charges?
The most serious crime involving drugs in Georgia is drug trafficking. What distinguishes a drug trafficking crime from other drug crimes in Georgia – such as possession of controlled substances and possession with intent – is the quantity of the substances that are involved. When substantial amounts of the substance are present, the mandatory minimum sentences are extremely high – and they just keep getting higher the greater the amount.
What are the Penalties for Drug Trafficking in Georgia?
Some of the most common drugs that are trafficked and their mandatory minimum penalties in the state of Georgia include:
- Cocaine – Trafficking Cocaine consists of delivering, manufacturing, selling, or possessing 28 or more grams of the substance. The penalty for 28 to 200 grams is a minimum prison sentence of 10 years. Quantities ranging from 200 to 400 grams demand a sentence of at least 15 years in prison. Anything above that is punishable by at least 25 years in prison.
- Morphine, opium, or heroin – An individual may be charged with this type of trafficking offense when they sell, deliver, or possess four or more grams of the substance. Four to 14 grams will result in a sentence of at least five years. When an individual possesses 14 to 28 grams, the minimum sentence is 10 years. For amounts higher than 28 grams, the penalty is at least 25 years.
- Marijuana – When a person grows, manufactures, delivers, sells, or possesses more than 10 pounds of marijuana, they will be charged with trafficking. Ten to 2,000 pounds is punishable by a minimum five-year sentence. If the amount is in between 2,000 to 10,000 pounds, the minimum prison sentence rises to seven years. If the amount exceeds 10,000, the accused will face a minimum 15 years in prison.
- Methamphetamine or amphetamine – A trafficking offense for these types of drugs occurs when an individual possesses, delivers, or sells 28 or more grams of the substance. A minimum 10-year sentence is required for amounts between 28 and 200 grams. When the amount is between 200 and 400 grams, the offender will face at least 15 years in prison. More than 400 grams results in a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years. Manufacturing these drugs is penalized separately. However, the only variation for the penalties above is that any amount under 200 grams will be punished with a minimum 15-year jail sentence.
Georgia Drug Trafficking Attorneys
When your future is on the line, place your case in the capable hands of our Savannah drug trafficking attorneys. We have an extensive understanding of the laws that specifically apply to your case, and we know how to build a winning strategy.
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