Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in Georgia is considered a misdemeanor, which is a criminal offense. Many states categorize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana as an infraction, however, if you are traveling from another state, be prepared to face misdemeanor criminal charges if you are caught in Georgia.

Generally the penalties for a misdemeanor conviction include a fine of not more than $1000 and/or imprisonment for not more than twelve months. Therefore, it is important to contact an Alpharetta misdemeanor lawyer if you have been charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

If you are charged with possession in Georgia, the trial judge has the authority to apply a “conditional discharge” to your sentence. A conditional discharge is a contract between the court and the defendant in which the court will dismiss the charges without adjudication of guilt and without being considered a conviction as long as the defendant is able to abide by the terms of the contract. You may be eligible for a conditional discharge if you have not been convicted of any past offenses, particularly relating to possession of a controlled substance.

If you are charged with a misdemeanor for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in Georgia, an experienced misdemeanor attorney in Alpharetta may press the court for a conditional discharge, which may include:

  • Twelve months of probation
  • Clean alcohol and drug tests, including random drug screenings
  • Community service
  • Drug risk reduction course or rehab program
  • Fines

If you violate the terms of your conditional discharge, you may be brought to trial or the court may enter an adjudication of guilt and punish the crime as a misdemeanor. This conviction will become a part of your permanent record.

If you have been charged with possession of marijuana in Georgia, contact the Law Office of Scott Miller to speak with a misdemeanor lawyer in Alpharetta. Scott will review your case and speak with you confidentially. Call the law office at (770) 408-1001 to speak with Scott about your options, including conditional discharge, as well as dismissing or mitigating the charges.
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