If you have been charged with drug-related crime in the state of Georgia, you may be wondering what the future holds if you are convicted. While many people facing drug charges may face time in prison and significant financial penalties, there are alternatives available for first-time, non-violent offenders.
Drug possession charges can result in serious consequences for the accused and their family, which is why it is so beneficial to develop defense strategies immediately after being charged, especially when one faces drug charges. The defense strategy used will vary depending on the facts of one's case, but there are a few defense strategies that are used time and time again.
Most of us are aware that selling illicit substances is illegal in the state. However, many people are unaware that drug dealers may face various drug charges and even a felony charge for murder if the person they sold the drugs to overdosed on the drugs they received from the dealer.
Based on the U.S. Supreme Court's 1966 ruling in Miranda v. Arizona, any person taken into police custody must be read their "Miranda" rights before questioning. Essentially, the Miranda rights are based on the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects citizens from self-incrimination.
If a police officer stops you for speeding, an improper lane change, or running a stop sign, chances are they will issue you a traffic ticket and you will be on your way. However, in some cases, the officer may ask to search your vehicle. Under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, you are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. In other words, Georgia police officers cannot search your home, vehicle, luggage, or any other place where you have a legitimate expectation of privacy without probable cause or a warrant to do so.