Rapper, Boosie, out of Louisiana, has been arrested in Coweta County. He was pulled over for an alleged failure to maintain lane in Georgia. This led to a search of the vehicle.
Officers found marijuana, a loaded gun, and over $20,000 in cash inside the car. Boosie reportedly said that the passenger in his car was his bodyguard which was the reason for the loaded weapon.
Boosie is best known for his hits in the mid 2000's. He has also been more recently well-known for drug and weapon charges, including pleading guilty to charges of smuggling drugs into a Louisiana Prison.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, it's important for me to note that just because an individual has previous convictions does not mean that he or she is guilty of a current crime. However, a judge as well as the prosecutor in the current case will take previous convictions into consideration when deciding guilt or sentencing.
In today's post I will outline the offense of possession of marijuana in our state.
Possession of Marijuana in Georgia
Georgia Law lays out the criminal offense of possession of marijuana in Georgia in O.C.G.A. §16-13-30 as:
It is unlawful for any person to possess, have under his or her control, manufacture, deliver, distribute, dispense, administer, purchase, sell, or possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
The crime of possession of marijuana is a separate and distinct offense from other commonly charged marijuana crimes such as:
- Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute in Georgia
- Manufacturing Marijuana in Georgia
- Sale of Marijuana in Georgia
- Trafficking Marijuana in Georgia
The penalty for being caught with less than one ounce of marijuana is up to $1,000 in fines and a prison term of up to one year. The crime is classified as a misdemeanor. However, the penalty for being caught with greater than one ounce of marijuana will be classified as a felony, and the consequences will include fines and possible confinement between one and ten years in prison.
Many people are under the impression that marijuana criminalization is decreasing in the state of Georgia. This is very incorrect. Marijuana is still an illegal substance in our state - regardless of its status in other states. If caught in possession of marijuana, you are facing legal penalties.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, contact our offices today. A Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney can help you with your case.
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