Keith Teubner was arrested after his son was taken to WellStar Regional Hospital in Spalding County after ingesting methamphetamine.
According to reports, the methamphetamine was located in Teubner's bedroom, and police stated that the father was aware of the child eating the drugs but did not seek medical attention for the 2 year old boy. Police said that they found meth, marijuana, and drug related objects in the home. He was charged with multiple drug offenses as well as cruelty to children in Georgia.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will jump into the law behind one of the offense faced by Teubner in today's post.
Possession of Drug Related Objects in Georgia
A charge for possession of drug related objects in Georgia usually goes hand in hand with a drug offense such as:
- Possession of Marijuana in Georgia
- Possession of Cocaine in Georgia
- Possession of Methamphetamine in Georgia, etc.
By law, the criminal offense of possession of drug related objects is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-13-32 as:
It shall be unlawful for any person to use, or possess with the intent to use, any object or materials of any kind for the purpose of planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body marijuana or a controlled substance.
Legally, a drug related object means any instrument, device, or object which is designed or marketed as useful primarily for one or more of the following purposes:
- To inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce marijuana or a controlled substance into the human body;
- To enhance the effect of marijuana or a controlled substance on the human body;
- To test the strength, effectiveness, or purity of marijuana or a controlled substance;
- To process or prepare marijuana or a controlled substance for introduction into the human body;
- To conceal any quantity of marijuana or a controlled substance; or
- To contain or hold marijuana or a controlled substance while it is being introduced into the human body.
Any person or corporation convicted of possession of drug related objects in Georgia will be guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon a second or subsequent conviction, the crime will be elevated to a felony. The punishment will be one to five years in prison and a fine ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
Although the crime of possessing a drug related object doesn't seem like a big deal - a misdemeanor conviction will go on your permanent criminal record. A misdemeanor can certainly affect your ability to gain employment. Moreover, Georgia Misdemeanor Punishments can change your life.
Some examples of drug related objects include:
- Rolling papers
- Drug packaging materials
Drug Offenses in Georgia are taken very seriously. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the most used drugs in the state of Georgia are: 1. Methamphetamine 2. Cocaine 3. Alprazolam 4. Oxycodone 5. Heroin. The counties with the highest drug use include Gwinnett, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, and Chatham.
If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a crime in the state of Georgia, contact our offices today. A Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney can help you with your case now.