A driver has been arrested on drug charges as well as child cruelty charges after concerned witnesses called the police after noticing that he had been in a parking lot passed out in his vehicle for over two hours with a toddler crying in the backseat.
According to reports out of Acworth, police arrived to find the driver passed out with the child in the backseat. They discovered heroin, meth, and drug paraphernalia in the car as well.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the drug offense of possession of methamphetamine in today's post.
Possession of Methamphetamine in Georgia
Methamphetamine is part of the Schedule II drug/controlled substances in Georgia, which also includes crack cocaine, morphine, opium, and methadone. Possession of Methamphetamine in Georgia is outlined in O.C.G.A. § 16-13-30(a) which states it is unlawful for any person to purchase, possess, or have under his or her control any controlled substance.
The penalty for being charged with possession of methamphetamine is a prison term of five to thirty years. The crime will be charged as a felony. However, a second or subsequent offense will face a penalty of prison for ten to forty years or possibly life in prison.
Moreover, all drug possession cases will result in a mandatory suspension of your driver's license. If this is the first offense, then the suspension will last for a minimum of six months. If this is the second offense, the penalty is one-year suspension and a third or subsequent offense results in a minimum two-year suspension.
Narcotics are taken very seriously by the state of Georgia. Possession of Schedule I or Schedule II drugs have serious consequences, and the driver from the story above is facing some severe charges.
If you or a loved one is facing a drug charge, contact a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney now.