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Controlled Substance Offenses

A conviction for most Controlled Substance type offenses will violate immigration laws causing deportation and/or inadmissibility. STERN Law has the expertise to successfully defend your criminal case and immigration status.

Despite some minor changes in drug laws, Georgia remains one of the toughest states for drug sentencing. Federal sentencing remains harsh on drug distribution offenses especially when involving a weapon.

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.

For a U.S. citizen, 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. For a non-U.S. citizen, you will be deported for any drug offense conviction, other than one (1) misdemeanor incident of Possession of Marijuana < 1 Ounce, and will never be lawfully admitted to the U.S. again. Even one (1) misdemeanor < 1 Ounce conviction will make you inadmissible to the U.S. upon re-entry. Only some will qualify for a waiver of inadmissibility.

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If convicted, a felony is likely to affect the rest of your life. You need an experienced CrImmigration Attorney right away, to overcome your charges. 

Potential defenses include the suppression of evidence obtained in violation 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, preventing countless deportations.

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