Laws are in place to protect individuals accused of crimes, which is why it is important to be familiar with the legal protections afforded through the criminal justice system. Following a recent traffic stop in Georgia, an NBA basketball player from another state is facing several criminal charges. The basketball player was charged with driving under the influence, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and an additional traffic-related charge. According to the police report, a police officer was following the basketball player's vehicle when he observed that the tail lights on the player's vehicle were not working. The police officer also allegedly saw the basketball player's vehicle swerve from the right lane to the left lane and fail to maintain lane control following a turn.
Though marijuana charges may not always immediately seem serious, they are serious drug charges. Even small amounts of marijuana possession can lead to significant consequences and possessing greater than an ounce of marijuana qualifies as a felony charge. Possession of marijuana under one ounce is charged as a misdemeanor. However, any type of marijuana criminal charges can carry serious penalties and consequences.
In a nearby Georgia community an hour and a half northwest of the Gwinnett area two individuals were recently arrested on drug charges. The arrests followed an investigation into two alleged plots of marijuana being grown in the area. According to authorities, the investigation began with an anonymous tip. When the two locations were raided, as part of the alleged grow operation, 140 plants were seized and $140,000 in marijuana was seized.
Individuals accused of drug crimes have protections they should be aware of and not forget. In a Georgia community under two hours north of the Gwinnett area a woman who worked at a daycare is facing drug charges for allegedly selling drugs in the parking lot of the daycare facility where she was employed. The 28-year old woman was recently arrested and charged with multiple drug-related charges including the sale of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possessing or manufacturing drugs near a school, as well as additional charges.
This blog recently discussed the serious nature of drug charges. It is important to note that some illicit drugs are treated more seriously than others. Cocaine, for instance, may be treated more seriously than marijuana; however, it is important to also keep in mind that all drug charges are serious. Cocaine charges in Georgia can have serious consequences so it is important to know what they are.
Drug trafficking charges are serious criminal charges. Individuals charged with drug trafficking and drug possession face long prison sentences and other potential penalties and consequences associated with drug charges. Unfortunately, individuals facing accusations of drug crimes may run into situations when authorities do not follow all the procedures that are required to protect the rights of accused individuals or circumstances when the charges against them may be overly aggressive.
In a nearby Georgia community a couple hours northwest of Gwinnett, four people were recently arrested on drug charges. Two men and two women were arrested on drug charges after authorities allegedly found an indoor marijuana growing operation while serving an unrelated warrant. Police arrived at the residence looking for a wanted man and, according to police, one of the men later arrested on drug charges agreed to a search of the home.
This blog recently discussed the seriousness of drug charges in Georgia. At least 8 individuals were arrested in Georgia recently on felony drug charges by undercover authorities. Undercover agents allegedly purchased LSD and heroin at a rock concert in Georgia, which led to the arrests. Several law enforcement groups, including state and federal law enforcement, were involved in the undercover arrests. Authorities reported that they purchased various illegal drugs at the concert.
Criminal charges associated with marijuana possession are not insignificant and should not be taken lightly. Penalties for possession of even a small amount of marijuana are serious. Possessing greater than one ounce of marijuana can carry felony charges, which are considered particularly serious. Possession of amounts less than one ounce can be charged as a misdemeanor.
It is important for individuals facing drug charges or other criminal charges to be familiar with their rights and how those rights impact criminal defense options. One important right that all individuals accused of crimes have is the right to defend against the charges against them. The best criminal defense option for a particular situation is a contextual decision that should be carefully made based on familiarity with the individual's unique situation and the rights all individuals accused of crimes enjoy. Many individuals accused of a crime may have heard of the importance of a search warrant but wondered what the importance actually is.