Reputable Marietta, GA Drug Crimes Attorney Takes Your Defense Seriously
Every drug charge is serious
There is no small drug charge. No matter the substance or the amount involved, any drug crime on your record could greatly jeopardize your future. Therefore, every drug charge is worth fighting with the most capable, effective legal representation possible.
With 40 years of legal experience, our criminal defense attorney, Melvin S. Nash, a former prosecutor and judge, understands the ins and outs of criminal trials and can preempt the tactics prosecutors use to elicit the maximum consequence for drug offenders. At the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash, we know how the other side works, and we use our insider knowledge to construct a strong defense on behalf of our clients.
Georgia drug law and controlled substances
Controlled substances are any illegal drugs or drugs possessed without a valid prescription. According to Emory University’s outline of Georgia’s criminal code, drugs are divided into five schedules, or categories:
- Schedule I drugs, including heroin, ecstasy, LSD, and other hallucinogens, are the most dangerous and do not serve an official medical purpose.
- Schedule II drugs, including cocaine, hydrocodone, methamphetamine, and codeine, are still serious but may be obtained with a prescription.
- Schedule III drugs are mostly steroids.
- Schedule IV drugs include anti-anxiety medications, such as Xanax and Valium.
- Schedule V drugs are drugs that must be obtained through prescription, but still have the potential for abuse.
You need a strong defense when you face drug charges. Our firm knows how to protect your rights.
Common drug crimes
Just as some drugs are more common than others, some drug crimes are more common than others. Similarly, certain drug crimes are more serious than others, and their penalties for conviction more severe.
One of the most frequently occurring drug charges in Georgia is drug possession. Depending on the substance and the quantity of it you have, the drug crime levied against you could be a misdemeanor or a felony. Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, for example, would likely be considered a misdemeanor, incurring a fine and less than one year in jail. If you are found to have more than an ounce of marijuana, you face felony drug charges, which can be punishable by between one and 30 years in prison. Possession of any Schedule I or Schedule II drug is also considered a felony drug crime.
One of the most serious drug crimes is drug trafficking. The word “trafficking” does not actually refer to movement of drugs from one place to another. In fact, drug trafficking is defined solely by the quantity of drugs, a quantity large enough for police officers to believe that the accused has a role in the manufacturing, sale, delivery, or possession of such drugs. The quantity that distinguishes trafficking from possession varies by substance. Drug trafficking can be charged as a state or federal crime. Emory University offers resources on federal drug trafficking penalties here.
Our law firm has handled many drug crime defense cases. Consider the most common drug charges:
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession with the intent to sell
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Illegal transporting of drugs
- Manufacturing and distribution of drugs
- Crimes committed while under the influence of drugs
All of these criminal charges are serious and can potentially have a lasting, if not permanent, negative impact on your life. Considering the range of drug crimes and possible sentences you may face, you need a reliable and experienced lawyer to protect your freedom now and in the future.
How our law firm works with clients facing drug charges
Our criminal defense attorneys can examine the circumstances of your case and explain the possible outcomes in terms of charges, possible penalties, and parole and probation requests. Our lawyers communicate openly and clearly with clients about their cases, the strategy of making a deal or taking the case to trial, and the roadmap to an optimal outcome for each charge.
Contact a highly effective drug crimes defense attorney serving Marietta and metro Atlanta
Drug crime convictions have a lasting effect on your quality of life and jeopardize your liberty, driving privileges, employment availability and capacity, and even your right to vote. For aggressive defense against drug crime penalties, call the Law Offices of Melvin S. Nash at 770.422.0878 or contact our office online to schedule your free initial consultation. We have six locations throughout metro Atlanta to serve your needs.