Fighting Serious Drug Charges
Despite some minor recent changes in our drug laws, Georgia remains one of the toughest states for drug sentencing.
According to the Pew Center on the States’ Report, Georgia’s prison population has more than doubled since 1990. 60% of those admitted to Georgia prisons committed only drug or property offenses. [T]he average length of stay behind bars for drug and property crimes more than tripled between 1990 and 2010. See The Pew Center on the States, 2012 Georgia Public Safety Reform: Legislation to Reduce Recidivism and Cut Corrections Costs, www.pewstates.org/publicsafety (July 2012).
While more courts are recognizing the need for an alternative sentence other than prison for non-violent drug charges, possessing small amounts of most drugs is still considered a felony offense. If convicted, a felony is likely to affect the rest of your life. A felony offense can prevent job opportunities, the right to carry a weapon, suspend your driving privileges, prevent student loans or other financing, foreclose housing benefits, revoke professional licensing, and many, many other consequences.
You need the right attorney, right away, to begin the thorough analysis necessary to overcome your charges. Potential defenses may include the assertion of your 4th Amendment Right to be free of Unlawful Search and Seizure. This requires a deep knowledge of the law and police practices. STERN Law has litigated hundreds of felony drug cases with much success.